2024 Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester

If you’re searching for a vehicle that combines everyday versatility with confident styling and go-anywhere performance — it’s hard to ignore the compact crossover segment. In terms of value, practicality, and innovative technology — the Honda CR-V has remained a leader in the segment for decades. With more and more choices in the segment than ever before, choosing the right model can seem difficult at first. To demonstrate how the CR-V continues to set the benchmark, our team at Germain Honda of Dublin has assembled this in-depth model comparison. You’ll see exactly how the Honda CR-V compares to two of its biggest rivals — the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. Armed with the right information, you’ll easily see how Honda continues to top the competition.

Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

Honda CR-V EX
Toyota RAV4 XLE
2024 Honda CR-V EX 2WD VS 2024 Toyota RAV4 XLE 2WD
$33,335 MSRP (including destination charges)* $31,335
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Standard ✓ Power Moonroof Optional
Standard ✓ Remote Engine Start Optional
Standard ✓ Heated Front Seats Optional
Standard ✓ Walk Away Auto Lock® Not Available
Standard ✓ Road Departure Mitigation Braking Not Available
103.5 ✓ Passenger Space (cu ft) 98.9
76.5 ✓ Cargo Volume (cu ft) 69.8
Bose Premium Sound System with
12 Speakers, including Subwoofer ✓
Premium Stereo 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio
including subwoofer

Comparing equivalent trim levels of both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the only real similarity is the starting price. Sharing virtually identical price tags, these two SUVs are actually quite different in terms of overall value once you take a closer look at their respective features.

Premium standard features included on the CR-V EX include a power moonroof, stylish 18-inch alloy wheels, a remote engine start system, and heated seats for both the driver and passenger. All of these great amenities will require you to step up to a more expensive trim level of the RAV4 or shell out extra cash to get them individually.

Technology is another reason to choose the CR-V over the RAV4. Standard Walk Away Auto Lock® helps protect your valuables while Road Departure Mitigation Braking helps protect your safety by lessening the severity of an accident in the event that your vehicle leaves the road. In terms of both passenger and cargo room, the CR-V has an advantage over the RAV4 as well. Finally, although both vehicles offer a 6-speaker stereo system as standard, the optional premium stereo in the CR-V is a noticeable step up from the one in the RAV4.

Honda CR-V vs Subaru Forester

Honda CR-V EX
Subaru Forester Premium
2024 Honda CR-V EX AWD VS 2024 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium AWD
$34,835 MSRP (including destination charges)* $31,640
190 / 179 lb-ft ✓ Horsepower / Torque 182 / 176 lb-ft
27 ✓ City MPG** 26
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Standard ✓ Road Departure Mitigation System Not Available
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor Optional
Standard ✓ Walk Away Auto Lock® Not Available
Standard ✓ Remote Engine Start Optional
Standard ✓ Dual-Zone Climate Control Not Available
76.5 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Volume (cu ft) 69.1 cubic feet

Next up to challenge the Honda CR-V is the Subaru Forester, known for its standard all-wheel drive system. Comparing the similarly-equipped CR-V EX AWD against the Forester Premium, you’ll notice some key differences between the two. The first thing you’ll notice is a small price difference between the two vehicles. Although the Honda CR-V is slightly more expensive, it includes much more in the way of standard equipment, as well as a better drivetrain and more cargo space, which can’t be added to the Subaru Forester at any price. Despite greater horsepower and torque figures than the Forester, the CR-V is also able to deliver greater city MPG. More power and more efficiency? Sounds like a winning combination to us.

Larger 18-inch alloy wheels give the CR-V EX a more commanding stance on the road. Groundbreaking driver-assist technologies are included as standard on the CR-V EX as well. Examples include the Road Departure Mitigation System, Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor, and Walk Away Auto Lock®. Adding both confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel, these great features are either unavailable or are costly options on the Subaru Forester Premium.

In terms of interior comfort, the standard dual-zone climate control system paired with a standard remote engine start system makes the CR-V the more comfortable choice. Great for those living active lifestyles, the CR-V also offers a far greater maximum cargo capacity for bringing all of your gear along for the adventure.

Honda CR-V

Winner – Honda CR-V

Now that the results are in, the clear winner of this in-depth model comparison is the Honda CR-V. Both the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester are unable to compete with the tremendous value, versatility, driver-assistive safety features, and premium technology included with the CR-V. Ready to experience the CR-V for yourself? Our team at Germain Honda of Dublin is standing by to help you choose the trim level that’s perfect for your lifestyle and budget.


*MSRP includes $1,325 destination charge, excludes tax, license, registration, and any accessory installation costs. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.

**28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX, EX, and EX-L. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX, EX, and EX-L. 43 city/36 highway/40 combined mpg rating for 2WD Sport and Sport-L. 40 city/34 highway/37 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, Sport-L, and Sport Touring. Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims), and other factors.