Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester

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 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 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 2018 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with a 2.0L BOXER® engine that delivers 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. As far as fuel economy, it produces an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

The Forester on the other hand comes standard with a 2.5L BOXER® Engine that provides 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. It, too, offers great fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

If you're seeking a higher performance engine option, the Forester offers a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The more rugged Crosstrek incorporates a limited-slip rear differential in the all-wheel drive system for added reliability and function when battling more extreme outdoor conditions. 

Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Exterior

Both the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2018 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, and it becomes a dual chrome exhaust with the Forester's most powerful engine option.

You and your passengers will be able to enjoy great views of the outside world with the UV-light-reducing Panoramic moonroof that comes standard on every Forester trim except for the base level.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Forester: Interior

The main difference between the interiors of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and Forester is interior space. While the Crosstrek certainly doesn't skimp on interior space, the Forester just offers more since it's an overall larger vehicle.

The 108.3 cu. ft. of total passenger volume means you and your passengers will be plenty comfortable in the Forester. Its 34.4 cu. ft. of cargo space can accommodate all your luggage for a weekend getaway, or materials for a DIY home project.

The Crosstrek offers available unique leather-trimmed upholstery with orange stitching and available heating capabilities for the front seats.

Schedule a Test Drive Today!

If you're local to the Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers area, and still torn between the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and Forrester, 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.  

Schedule a test drive today!  

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