Subaru Forester vs. the Competition

Subaru Forester comparison

See How the Award-Winning Subaru Forester Handles Challengers in Bedford

If you've been searching the market for a new midsize SUV in Bedford, Cleveland, Beachwood, Maple Heights, or Hudson, you've more than likely found a huge variety of models to choose from: economical, luxurious, larger, smaller, fuel efficient, powerful, capable, fun. There's something to fit every budget and every driving style.

But we think that the new Subaru Forester can check off every single box on our list. Just compare it to two of today's hottest competitors, the Nissan Rogue and the Honda CR-V, to see why.

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Subaru Forester vs the Nissan Rogue

  • With Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive coming standard, and 1.3 additional inches of ground clearance over the Rogue, you get more capability with the Forester right off the bat
  • The Nissan Rogue does offer a third-row seat (not available on the Forester) but the Rogue doesn't allow for a spare tire; and the seats are so small they're really only suitable for very small children. No, thank you
  • The Forester and the Rogue are neck-and-neck in both standard power output and fuel economy estimates, only Subaru's SUV offers an available 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine

Subaru Forester vs the Honda CR-V

  • Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system is built from the ground up to deliver superior four-wheel dynamic performance; Honda's system was tinkered together from a front-wheel drive car
  • Ground clearance in the Forester surpasses the CR-V by nearly two full inches
  • Like in the Rogue, power output and fuel economy for the Forester and the CR-V are nearly identical, but the Forester's available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine gives it the edge over the popular Honda SUV

Subaru Forester vs the Ford Escape

  • With an extra three inches in length, two inches in height, and nearly a full extra inch of ground clearance, the Subaru Forester is more comfortable and capable than the Ford Escape
  • The Forester's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive offers a more balanced and more solid approach to AWD technology than Ford's available all-wheel drive on the Escape
  • Though the Escape offers mere inches more cargo volume than the Subaru, the Forester's higher roof is better for moving larger objects--or dogs!
  • Horsepower is a close race for these two SUVs, but the Forester pulls ahead with up to 250 HP from a turbocharged 2.0-liter


Compare the Subaru Forester to Your High Standards for SUV Performance

The most important task for the new Forester--beyond dominating the competition--is to show drivers just like you that it can meet and exceed all of your expectations for a compact SUV. Explore new Subaru models to see how the award-winning Forester compares to other crossovers or wagons, or visit us to take a test drive.

Pitting the Subaru Forester vs the Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V may seem competitive on paper; but just get behind the wheel of this legendary and capable utilitarian, and you'll feel for yourself that there's really no competition.

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