Compare Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-7

Compare the Subaru Forester against the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-7. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Forester, CR-V and CX-7 stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Forester, CR-V and CX-7. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Subaru Forester 2009 Honda CR-V 2009 Mazda CX-7
2009 Subaru Forester 2009 Honda CR-V 2009 Mazda CX-7
     
4dr Man X
  • 4dr Man X
  • 4dr Auto X
  • 4dr Man X w/Premium Pkg
  • 4dr Man X w/Prem/All-Weather
  • 4dr Auto X w/Premium Pkg
  • 4dr Auto X w/Prem/All-Weather
  • 4dr Auto X L.L. Bean Ed *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Auto X Limited
  • 4dr Auto XT
  • 4dr Auto X L.L. Bean w/Nav *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Auto X Limited w/Nav
  • 4dr Auto XT Ltd
  • 4dr Auto XT Ltd w/Nav
2WD 5dr LX
  • 2WD 5dr LX
  • 4WD 5dr LX
  • 2WD 5dr EX
  • 4WD 5dr EX
  • 2WD 5dr EX-L
  • 2WD 5dr EX-L w/Navi
FWD 4dr Sport
  • FWD 4dr Sport
  • AWD 4dr Sport
  • FWD 4dr Touring
  • FWD 4dr Grand Touring
  • AWD 4dr Touring
  • AWD 4dr Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $19,995 $21,245 $23,900
Invoice $18,938 $19,778 $22,365
Avg. Paid $10,238 $11,165 $8,486

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.8 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.5 9.1 8.8
Performance 8.2 8.3 8.5
Interior 8.2 8.3 7.8
Cost to Own 9.1 9.3 9.0
Safety 9.4 9.4 9.2
Reliability 3.0 4.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Spacious, comfortable interior
  • Great cargo space
  • Good handling
  • Great safety scores
  • Ample cargo space
  • High-quality interior
  • Refined ride
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Athletic handling
  • Attractive, modern interior
Cons
  • Interior less refined than competitors
  • Underpowered engine
  • No V6 engine option
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Small back seat and cargo area

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas Flat 4-Cyl 2.5L/150 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.3L/138
MPG 20 City / 27 Hwy 20 City / 27 Hwy 17 City / 23 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 5 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 103 103.1 108.3
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 177.9 184.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 71.6 73.7
Height, Overall (in) 65.9 66.1 64.8
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Canopy
Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Moonroof
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector Optional
Targa Roof
T-Top
Running Boards Optional
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3250 3389 3710

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard
Wire Wheel Covers

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
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Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Standard
Navigation from Telematics
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 107.6 103.8 101.7
Front Head Room (in) 41.6 40.9 39.7
Front Leg Room (in) 43.1 41.3 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 56.9 58.0
Front Hip Room (in) 52.9 55.9 54.8
Second Head Room (in) 40.4 38.6 39.3
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 38.5 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 56.0 55.8
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 54.6 53.0
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 68.3 72.9 58.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 33.5 35.7 29.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control
Dual Zone A/C
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Optional
Leather Seats
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Optional
Passenger Lumbar
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat Optional
Power Passenger Seat
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats
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Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
ABS
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System Standard
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning
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Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Supercharged
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas Flat 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.4L/144 2.3L/138
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 6000 166 @ 5800 244 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 4400 161 @ 4200 258 @ 2500
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 34.4 37.8 37.4

Fuel

Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 20 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 27 23
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 15.3 18.2

Suspension

Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson-type Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Double wishbone Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

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