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Compare the All-New 2019 Subaru Forester to Top Competition in Durham from Toyota and Honda

The compact SUV market is hot right now. Every major automaker is throwing their hat into the ring, producing a vehicle that is affordable but well-equipped, capable but efficient, spacious but small enough to fit into tight parking spots, and powerful but practical. It's a hard line to walk, but certain SUVs have a much easier time than others. Three of those top options in Durham and the Raleigh area? The Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V--no surprises here.

Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru have been completely redesigned for 2019, with new looks, new features, and new performance. The Honda CR-V is still in its 2018 MY, but is fresh off its own significant redesign just a few years ago. These SUVs have been butting heads for years: all three have a similar mission, and all feature attractive, subdued styling. But, it's where these three crossovers differ that shows just why Subaru's SUV is frequently chosen by North Carolina drivers over the RAV4 or the CR-V.

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Both of these SUVs are all-new for 2019, with sharp and aggressive new styling choices that set them apart in their class
  • Both models have graduated onto their brands' respective new platform--so dynamics, efficiency, and performance is improved for both
  • Both SUVs offer a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine--since the 2019 Forester dropped its XT option, turbo engines are not currently available on either model
  • The 2019 Forester boasts 182 horsepower--HP and torque specs haven't yet been released for the 2019 Toyota RAV4
  • The 2019 RAV4 will again offer a Hybrid model, but its pricey gain of 1 or 2 more MPGs likely won't be worth the cost
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on every new 2019 Forester model
  • Front-wheel drive comes standard on most 2019 RAV4 models--AWD is an expensive add-on for most, though a new All-Wheel Drive System does come standard on the Adventure trim
  • Apple CarPlay and Android are standard for the first time on 2019 Subaru Forester, and are offered as an upgraded option on the 2019 RAV4
  • The 2019 Toyota RAV4 hasn't yet been priced
  • The 2019 Subaru Forester starts at $24,295

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Honda CR-V

  • The Honda CR-V comes standard with a 5.0-inch touchless display screen--you'll pay nearly $3,000 more for a touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • The 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display with SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • The 2018 CR-V can upgrade to a 7.0-inch screen--but the all-new Forester offers an available 8.0-inch screen
  • The 2018 Honda CR-V offers 75.8 cubic feet of max cargo space--the new 2019 Forester now offers 76.1 cubic feet of storage are behind the front row
  • The 2019 Forester comes standard with a 182-horsepower Subaru BOXER 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • The 2018 CR-V offers 184 horsepower from its standard four-cylinder engine, but only offers front-wheel drive standard
  • After its most recent redesign, the 2018 Honda CR-V grew to a ground clearance of 6.2 inches--but, it still can't match up to Subaru's legendary 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • The Honda CR-V does offer an available turbo engine, but it only adds about 6 horsepower
  • The 2019 Honda CR-V with All-Wheel Drive starts at $25,650
  • The 2019 Subaru Forester, with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard, is nearly $1,400 less expensive at starting price
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