How Does the New Subaru Forester Compare to the Competition?

Just because you're driving a compact doesn't mean you need to compromise. That, at least, is what Subaru believes. If you need proof, the new Subaru Forester offers it in spades.

One of the market's most popular compact SUVs, the Subaru Forester provides a five-seat interior housed inside a small-bodied design that's equal parts friendly and rugged. Equipped with a range of modern featured, as well as expected Subaru perks like standard all-wheel-drive, the Forester provides a package that's perfect for everything from every day driving to family road trips, weekend camping adventures, and more.

The Subaru Forester isn't the only quality compact out there, though. Competitors like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 have also earned a place of renown among critics and drivers alike. What do they offer, and how do they compare to the new Forester? Let's take a look.


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The 2020 Subaru Forester

One of the most common reasons that Marietta and Smyrna drivers avoid compact SUVs? The perception that they're getting less. Not just something smaller, but also something less capable and with less equipment.

The 2020 Subaru Forester is a machine that's built to offer drivers more. Its exterior draws on rugged design cues to offer more versatility than the average compact. Combined with solid fuel economy and standard all-wheel-drive, it all adds up to a small SUV that's equal parts efficient and capable on (and off!) the road. With its family-friendly manners and great features, it's no great mystery why countless drivers from Woodstock to Canton have gone home in a Forester over the year.

Performance: 2.5-liter flat-4 (182 horsepower, 176 pounds-feet of torque, 26/33 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Standard 6.5-inch Infotainment Display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Harman Kardon Premium Audio, Built-in Wi-Fi, Windshield Wiper De-Icers, Heated Seating, Keyless Ignition, Power Tailgate, Heated Steering Wheel, Built-in Navigation

Safety Features: Lane-Departure Prevention, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking

Starting Price: Around $25,000

The 2020 Honda CR-V

Honda has a reputation for building value-driven and dependable cars. New models like the 2020 Honda CR-V is the perfect example of why. Attractive both inside and out, the new CR-V offers a wealth of features, both standard and optional. Its solid engine options and five-seat interior layout make it a solid choice for a variety of drivers.

For everything it has to offer, however, its standard package pale in comparison to the Forester's. The Honda CR-V might be able to dish out more raw power with its upgraded engine, but it costs more, even at the lowest levels, and doesn't have standard all-wheel-drive.

Performance: 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (190 horsepower, 179 pounds-feet of torque, 28/34 miles per gallon), 2.0-liter inline-4 electric motor hybrid (212 horsepower, 232 pounds-feet of torque)

Feature Options: Standard 7-inch Infotainment Display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Automatic Climate Control, Push-Button Start, Heated Seating, Heated Side Mirrors, Heated Steering Wheel, Wireless Charging Pad

Safety Features: Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Starting Price: Around $26,000


The 2020 Toyota RAV4

Toyota has invested a lot in safety in recent years, and it shows in the 2020 RAV4. In addition to its durable chassis design, the 2020 model offers a robust standard safety package that's one of the best in the industry.

The Forester's safety package is nothing to shrug at either, however. The award-winning EyeSight safety suite utilizes some of the market's most advanced active assistance technology. Its overall standard package also benefits from superior offerings like standard all-wheel-drive and more. With its lower starting price and impressive feature options, the Forester wins the contest of value.

Performance: 2.5-liter inline-4 (203 horsepower, 184 pounds-feet of torque, 28/35 miles per gallon), 2.5-liter inline-4 electric motor hybrid (219 horsepower, 163 pounds-feet of torque, 41/38 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Heated Seating, Cooled Seating, Push-Button Start, Wireless Phone Charging, JBL Premium Audio, Heated Side Mirrors, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Entune 3.0 Infotainment System, Standard 7-Inch Infotainment Display

Safety Features: Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic High Beams, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warnings

Starting Price: Around $26,000

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