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The Ultimate Duluth SUV Comparison: the 2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Toyota RAV4 vs the Subaru Forester

The five-seater compact family SUV segment has really grown to a huge size over the last few years, with every automaker offering their own twist on the classic--a classic that really was created and refined by two historic brands: Toyota and Honda. And while plenty of other models are jostling for the Top Dog spot in Duluth and Atlanta, the major competition is still a tug-of-war amongst the 2019 Honda CR-V, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Subaru Forester.

Both of these models are durable and reliable; both are pretty affordable in their class; both offer AWD; both can seat five comfortably. But if you're deciding between the RAV4 vs Honda CR-V, you want to dive a little deeper into what makes these two SUVs different.

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2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Prices for the 2019 Honda CR-V start at around $24,350
  • Prices for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 start at around $25,500
  • The Honda CR-V was last updated back in 2017, and carries over all of its great new features; the Toyota RAV4 is all-new for 2019
  • The well-connected new 2019 Honda CR-V delivers smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay/Android Auto apps--Toyota only offers Apple CarPlay
  • Need to move? The Honda CR-V gives you 75.8 cubic feet of total available cargo space, vs. just 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2019 Toyota RAV4

  • Want to bring friends or family along? The 2019 Honda CR-V also gives you more passenger space than the new RAV4, too
  • The standard engine for the 2019 Honda CR-V is a 184-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder; the RAV4's base engine is slightly more powerful
  • The 2019 Honda CR-V also offers a new 190-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo engine--you won't find turbocharged anything in the Toyota RAV4
  • Both brands offer available AWD on their compact SUV option
  • After the RAV4's major redesign, both SUVs now offer more than 8.1 inches of ground clearance






  • The 2019 Subaru Forester doesn't offer as much as the 2018 Honda CR-V, leaving out features like the rear parking sensor.
  • You'll be able to have an automatic CVT for smooth shifting and a controlled ride.
  • You'll get more rear legroom when you choose the 2018 Honda CR-V over the 2019 Subaru Forester.
  • The twelve-way power-adjustable driver's seat in the 2018 Honda CR-V helps you get more comfortable than the ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat in the 2019 Subaru Forester 


  • Any prices shown are Honda suggested retail prices only. MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. Honda vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.


    2018 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Subaru Forester

    • The 2019 Subaru Forester only has one engine option, but the 2018 Honda CR-V has two engines to choose from.
    • The 2018 Honda CR-V allows you to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive while the Subaru Forester can only have all-wheel drive.
    • Both engines of the 2018 Honda CR-V can make more power than the single option from the 2019 Subaru Forester.
    • When properly equipped, both models offer up to 1,500 pounds of towing.
    • With a comparable max cargo space, the 2018 Honda CR-V pulls ahead with cargo space when the seats are up.
    • You'll be getting Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration in both models.
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