With the class of crossovers expanding so quickly over recent years, it's created plenty of options to choose from when searching for a new car. Subaru offers two contenders in that class, the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester. Both vehicles can bring out the outdoorsman in all of us, so which one is best for you? 

To help you and all other Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers area buyers determine just that, our team at Ira Subaru has created the following handy comparison of the two vehicles.    

Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Performance

There's no surprise that Subaru has become a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts with its signature standard all-wheel drive on all vehicles.

The Subaru Crosstrek comes with a 2.0L BOXER® engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. As far as fuel economy, it produces an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

The Forester, on the other hand, is equipped with a 2.5L BOXER® Engine that provides 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. It, too, offers great fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Both the Crosstrek and the Forester incorporate a limited-slip rear differential in the all-wheel drive system that supplies you with added reliability and function. This comes in handy when battling more extreme outdoor conditions. 

Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Exterior

Both the Subaru Crosstrek and Subaru Forester feature appealing exteriors in their own right. While the Crosstrek appears more rugged and striking, the Forester offers a classier, seamless design.

The Crosstrek features a higher ground clearance of 8.7 inches to go along with its flared wheel wells and standard black raised roof rails to help you better navigate and travel the outdoors. The well-crafted Forester features an attractive available single chrome exhaust.

You and your passengers will be able to enjoy great views of the outside world with the UV-light-reducing panoramic moonroof that's available on every Forester trim above the base level.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Interior

The main difference between the interiors of the Subaru Crosstrek and Forester has to do with what they offer in their respective interior spaces. While the Crosstrek certainly doesn't skimp on interior space, the Forester just offers more since it's an overall larger vehicle.

The 111.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume means you and your passengers will be plenty comfortable in the Forester. Its 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space can accommodate all of your luggage for a weekend getaway or materials for a DIY home project.

The Crosstrek offers plenty of opportunities to really turn some heads. Namely, there's the available unique leather-trimmed upholstery with orange stitching. There are also the available heating capabilities for the front seats that provide you and your front-seat passenger with what's sure to be a welcome escape from the temperatures outside.

Schedule a Test Drive Today!

If you're local to the Reading, Danvers, or Wakefield area and still torn between the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester, visit our dealership to make a comparison of your own.

Allow our professional Ira Subaru team to help you determine which option is best for you.

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