Subaru Forester Vs. The Competition

Compare the Subaru Forester to the Competition

In the ever-growing crossover segment, there is certainly no shortage of choices for Boston area drivers to choose from. With lots of similar options, it can be difficult to select which one is best for you. However, when you take the time to view the vehicles side by side, the Subaru Forester tends to stand out.

Two vehicles often compared to the Forester are the Toyota Highlander and Honda CR-V. While both models have their merits, closer scrutiny reveals that they ultimately fall short when compared to Forester. Here is a quick rundown of some major differences.

2017 Subaru Forester vs. 2016 Toyota Highlander

  • Despite being comparably equipped, the Subaru Forester carries an MSRP of nearly $8,000 less than that of the Toyota Highlander, making it unquestionably the better value.
  • The 2017 Subaru Forester, just like all Subaru models, features Subaru's legendary symmetrical all-wheel drive system as standard equipment. With Highlander, AWD is only available as an option and only on certain models.
  • Despite comparable power ratings for the base engine, the Subaru Forester is significantly more efficient. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for Forester reach 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined. Compare these numbers with the ratings for the Highlander: 20 city, 25 highway, 22 combined.
  • Many vehicles offer spacious interiors with the seats removed or folded down. This holds true for the Toyota Highlander. However, if you want room for both passengers and cargo, the Forester is the better options. With all seats in place, the Forester's capacity of 34.4 cubic-feet makes the Highlander's 13.8 cubic-feet seem downright claustrophobic.

2017 Subaru Forester vs. 2016 Honda CR-V

  • With a starting MSRP that is $1,500 less than the CR-V, the Subaru Forester holds greater appeal for value-conscious shoppers.
  • Just like the Toyota Highlander, the Honda CR-V does not offer all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
  • Fuel economy ratings for the Honda CR-V are pretty close to that of the Forester. However, keep in mind that Forester achieves these ratings with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
  • In addition to the base engine, Forester offers an upgraded turbocharged power plant that generates 250 horsepower. With the CR-V you are limited to just one 185-horsepower engine.