Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda HR-V VS 2017 Subaru Forester Near Braselton, GA

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

Both the HR-V and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Subaru Forester:

 

HR-V

Forester

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

41%

52%

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

134 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Subaru Forester:

 

HR-V

Forester

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

598 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 71 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the HR-V has a standard 410-amp battery. The Forester’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 23rd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda HR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Forester 2.0XT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The HR-V stops much shorter than the Forester:

 

HR-V

Forester

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forester 2.5i’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Forester 2.0XT Limited pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Forester 2.5i Touring (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Subaru Forester.

The HR-V is 1 foot shorter than the Forester, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the HR-V EX-L AWD is quieter than the Forester 2.5i Touring (69 vs. 70 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Forester’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Forester because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Forester, including $312 less for a water pump, $4 less for front brake pads, $63 less for fuel injection, $55 less for a fuel pump, $110 less for front struts, $88 less for a timing belt/chain and $44 less for a power steering pump.

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