2020 Crosstrek vs Forester Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Subaru SUVs are among the best on the road today. When choosing between Subaru SUVs, both the Crosstrek and the Forester are exceptional options. They both come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, they both have five-star NHTSA overall safety ratings, and they're both available in our inventory at Shingle Springs Subaru.

But despite all these similarities, there are still a number of differences. As one of our model comparison pages, this page will go into detail on just how these two SUVs differ. But to truly find out which one you like best, be sure to stop in for a test drive.

2020 Crosstrek vs Forester Exterior

Crosstrek vs Forester Size Comparison

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester belong to different vehicle classes. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is a crossover SUV, so it's similar in size to the Subaru Impreza. In fact, the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Impreza 5-Door have the same interior volume. Of course, at 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, the Subaru Crosstrek certainly doesn't feel cramped.

As spacious as the Crosstrek may be, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers even more space. Its passenger volume is a stunning 111.9 cubic feet, with 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. However, roof rails are an available upgrade only on the Subaru Forester, while they're standard on the 2020 Crosstrek.

Compare Interior Comfort & Technology

It's more than just interior volume that separates these two SUVs. While the Subaru Crosstrek has available heated front seats, the Subaru Forester offers heated front and rear seats. When it comes to technology, you'll find numerous similarities: both offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi, come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen (with available 8-inch option), and come standard with four-speaker audio systems. But while the Subaru Crosstrek has an available 8-speaker system, the Subaru Forester offers an available 9-speaker audio system.

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2020 Crosstrek vs Forester Interior

Safety Comparison

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester are some of the safest SUVs on the road today. They've both scored perfect five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, there are still some differences when it comes to standard and available safety features. For one, the Subaru Forester comes standard with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This suite of features includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure and sway warning. These features are available upgrades in the Subaru Crosstrek. What's more, the Forester offers available DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation, which isn't available on the Subaru Crosstrek at all.

2020 Crosstrek vs Forester Features

Subaru Crosstrek vs Subaru Forester Performance Comparison

These are both Subaru SUVs, so you know right away that they come with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and powerful BOXER® engines. The engine in the Forester is stronger, generating 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, while the engine in the Crosstrek gets 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Both of these SUVs have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, making them more capable at clearing obstacles than many competitors. And while both offer off-road features like Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® (a system that adjusts the AWD to provide optimal traction), there is a difference. These features are available on the entry-level Crosstrek, but unavailable on the entry-level Forester.

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Why Choose a New Subaru?

You've already seen a little bit about how impressive these two models are. They exemplify the greatness for which Subaru is known. Subaru has been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years in a row, and there's good reason for that. Stop by Shingle Springs Subaru to see for yourself just how impressive Subaru models are.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Forester
$21,895Starting MSRP*$24,495
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
152Horsepower182
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
AvailableEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
AlloyStandard WheelsSteel
36.5 InchesRear Legroom39.4 Inches

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.