Subaru Crosstrek vs. Forester

In the past several years, Subaru has emerged as a leading manufacturer of crossover vehicles. Not only do their SUVs handle superbly, they're also exceptionally comfortable and can offer drivers tons of protection.

When Middletown, Odessa, and Dover drivers choose between the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Forester, there are some key differences they should be aware of. To help you, the Winner Subaru team will highlight them now.

Rugged Subaru Performance

No matter which Subaru model you choose, one thing that will remain the same is the engine. Both the Crosstrek and the Forester come equipped with Subaru exclusive BOXER® engine, which includes a unique, streamlined design.

However, the BOXER® in the Crosstrek is a slightly smaller 2.0L model four-cylinder that only generates 148 horsepower. Though power is slightly on the lower end, mileage is boosted to 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg city.1

The Forester, on the other hand, includes a 2.5L four-cylinder that can produce up to 170 horsepower and maintain 29 mpg highway and 22 mpg city.2

While power certainly differs between the two, each is able to haul up to 1,500 pounds of cargo.

Safety Commendations

A good measure of any vehicle's safety is the commendations it has received, and both the Crosstrek and Forester have racked up a few awards.

First and foremost, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded both cars a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating for safety.

Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has granted the 2017 Crosstrek a TOP SAFETY PICK and the 2017 Forester the coveted TOP SAFETY PICK+.

Both vehicles have earned these commendations in large part due to their rigid structures. Both include a ring-shaped reinforcement frame, as well as several safety technologies such as stability and traction controls.

Subaru Crosstrek vs. Forester: Interior Space

Perhaps the major difference between these two crossovers comes in terms of space. Not only does the Crosstrek include a smaller engine, it is just a smaller vehicle to begin with. Nevertheless, it still offers ample space for passengers.

Crosstrek occupants will have 97.5 cubic feet of interior space total with 39.8 inches of headroom and 43.5 inches of legroom for drivers. Plus, 22.3 cubic feet have been set aside specifically for cargo.

Meanwhile, Forester passengers will have a generous 108.3 cubic feet of space with 34.4 cubic feet for cargo. Drivers will then have 41.4 inches of headroom and 43 inches of legroom.

Learn More About Your Favorite Subaru Models

Choosing between the Subaru Crosstrek and the Forester is entirely a matter of lifestyle. Does your everyday driving demand more space and speed, or more efficiency? No matter which you choose, you'll be afforded high quality.

Middletown, Odessa, and Dover drivers who would like to know more about these great crossovers can contact our team at Winner Subaru. We'd be more than happy to sit down and help you make your choice.


1 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

2 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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