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Old 03-30-2016, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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I would say Hondas will be more reliable (I have one with 281k miles and still going very strong except rust in certain areas). The Subaru that I had before definitely involved more maintenance $ (my 4 cyl Honda does not need timing belt since it has a chain, OCI's are 10k miles etc). You will have to spend more on a subaru as they require fluid changes every 30k miles (auto tranny, rear diff, center diff etc etc.). Tire circumference has to be managed carefully in a Subaru because of the AWD nature.


Ours is now pushing close to the 300K mark & we drive this thing ALL over the place even off the road & I do mean OFF road. No problems yet.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:03 AM
 
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I owned Honda for so many years and recently changed to Subaru. I could see lot of difference in the driving experience which is really comfortable in Subaru. Quick pick up and comfortable seating pose. Symmetrical all wheel drive with more comfortable driving in snow as well as in rain more mimportantly with good mileage. It also comes with front collision prevention cameras which detects any obstable on the way when very close (just before collision) and alerts and even applies brake automatically. This comes even in basic models without need to upgrade unlike in Honda's.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:51 AM
 
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the civic seems to top the impreza, aside from the AWD (the new 2016)
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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I know original post is old, but always funny when someone asks which is best. There are so many car models out there. Everyone has their likes and needs, so there is no single best car or brand. Below is my experience with Honda and Subaru.

I had 16 yo Honda Civic, which has being extremely reliable. I'm very happy with how this car served my family for 16 years.
  • Pro: Reliability. I had 2 service/repair issues, besides the regular maintenance. I didn't do the timing belt change and no issue.
  • Cons: Noisy (body noise and wind noise) and vibrate a lot; obviously worse at higher speeds. Theft. Luckily, I didn't have issue with my Civic. But when I drove my dad's 2 Honda's (Civic and Accord) during high school and college, I had 4 break-ins.
When we started shopping for new compact SUV, I seriously considered Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V. I decided on Forester.

Here are the reasons I went with Forester over CR-V:
  • Value. At same price, Forester has more options than CR-V.
  • Drive. Forester handles better; CVT transmission is very smooth. One thing I dislike about Honda (new CR-V and also old Civic/Accord) is the loud and high reving engine. It sounds like engine is reving and powerful, but really the car is not accelerating any faster than other cars with engines that doesn't rev.
  • Sight & visibility. Forester has larger windows and better view of blind spots and rear.
  • Moonroof. Forester has a huge moonroof that is 1.5x to 2x larger than typical car's moonroof. Equivalent priced CR-V (SE model) doesn't even have moonroof.
Here are other features/advantages on Forester over CR-V, but not important to me:
  • AWD. At same price, Forester has AWD and CR-V doesn't. I live in California, so not important. But nice to have.
  • Ground clearance. Forester has higher ground clearance than CR-V. Not important to me as I never go off roading.
Here are the advantages of CR-V over Forester, but not enough to sway my decision:
  • CR-V rear seats lie flat for cargo. CR-V rear seat's bottom cushion will tilt forward (to where rear leg room); this allows rear seat back to lie down flat. Smart engineering and design. This is the only feature that impressed me on CR-V.
  • CR-V has 1 extra mpg than Forester. OK, so AWD gets 1 less miles per gallon. I can live with this.
  • AWD does have some requirement on tires. Spare must go on rear, cannot go on front. I had 1 flat in 10 years; and I have road side assistance so tow truck driver change my tires. If changing tires, have to change all 4. Doesn't matter to me. If my tires are so old that 1 blew out, I buy 4 new tires anyways.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Which is best? Best at what? Making boring, ugly cars for people who have zero taste in design? Uhhhh, if thats the case, its a TIE!
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Yes, I had the experience.

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I owned Honda for so many years and recently changed to Subaru. I could see lot of difference in the driving experience which is really comfortable in Subaru. Quick pick up and comfortable seating pose. Symmetrical all wheel drive with more comfortable driving in snow as well as in rain more mimportantly with good mileage. It also comes with front collision prevention cameras which detects any obstable on the way when very close (just before collision) and alerts and even applies brake automatically. This comes even in basic models without need to upgrade unlike in Honda's.
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