It's one thing for a model to offer qualities, but it's another thing for it to be at the forefront of the market. The 2022 Honda CR-V and the 2022 Subaru Forester are a good example of this. We know which one is more popular year after year between these two proposals, despite the fact that they both have similar qualities to offer.
So where does the difference lie? In the details and in the fact that everything is more up to date with Honda.
Let's see why the 2022 Honda CR-V is a better choice than the 2022 Subaru Forester.
With a compact-sized SUV, you don't want to constantly struggle with the powertrain under the hood when it's time to overtake, climb steeper grades, etc. With the Subaru Forester, the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine under the hood does an honest job, but it works hard.
In the case of the 2022 Honda CR-V, we find a mill that works smoothly. The 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder offers 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, which is slightly better than Subaru's 186 horsepower and 176 pound-feet.
Another of the questions you ask when buying a vehicle has to do with its reliability. With a Subaru Forester, you're pretty well served. However, you'll never be better served than with a Honda CR-V, one of the industry's benchmarks in terms of reliability.
Here, as with the cargo space that is very generous with the Forester, it's not that Subaru errs, it's rather that Honda offers the equivalent or simply offers more.
Then, when you get behind the wheel of the two models, you discover two completely different SUVs. The 2022 Honda CR-V is a product that offers a very solid ride. Its rigid chassis makes you feel confident at all times on board. With the Forester, you get a more permissive feel on the road, a vehicle with a softer suspension. The result is a greater sense of security when driving the Honda CR-V.
Add to that Honda's more frugal fuel economy, as well as a better resale value of the model in the long run, and you can see why the 2022 CR-V is a more logical choice than the 2022 Forester.