Hampton Roads drivers expect the best out of their vehicles, including outstanding fuel economy and a powerful performance. If you’ve been looking for a modern SUV that delivers efficient power for your everyday drive, then you’ve probably considered the popular 2016 Subaru Forester and the 2016 Honda CR-V. Both competitors have gained plenty of fans for their great reliability and spacious interiors, but what about their respective MPG ratings? We pit the two, head-to-head, to see which delivers the most bang for your fueling buck.
Comparing the SUVs
Both SUVs were engineered with cutting-edge technology that merges high horsepower with fuel efficiency. However, the 2016 Honda CR-V is quickly gaining a reputation for its impressive quality. As both the 2016 Best Buy of the Year from Kelley Blue Book* and a 2016 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, it’s clear that Honda has scored a major critical hit with the CR-V. So, how do these two stack up?
The standard 2016 Subaru Forester engine is a 2.5L DOHC aluminum-alloy model with an Active Valve Control System, generating 170 hp. When paired with manual transmission, the Forester gains an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. Upgrade to the CVT and the mpg rating bumps up to 32 highway mpg and 24 city mpg.
Just what vehicle could upstage the Forester’s impressive 32 mpg fuel economy? The 2016 Honda CR-V manages this feat with its 2.4L engine, delivering 185 hp. While the CR-V 2WD LX surpasses the Forester’s highway fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 33 mpg,** the difference is even more striking when navigating the city. The CR-V manages to squeeze an EPA-estimated 26 city mpg** from its direct injection engine.
While the Forester offers an additional 2.0L turbocharged engine for higher trim levels, its mpg rating falls seriously short. Highway fuel economy tops out at a mere 28 mpg with city fuel economy at a paltry 23 mpg.
Get Behind the Wheel of a CR-V Today
After a quick rundown of the numbers, it’s clear that the 2016 Honda CR-V provides the value and quality that Hampton Roads drivers want over the 2016 Subaru Forester. But you don’t have to take our word for it: Experience the CR-V in person at a Hampton Roads Honda dealership today.