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Subaru Forester vs. Crosstrek
Subaru Forester
Subaru Crosstrek
At a Glance: Forester vs. Crosstrek

People buy crossover SUVs for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they need extra storage space. Other times, they want an off-roader that can serve them just as well on the highway. Whatever the reason, crossovers have been increasing in popularity over the past several years.

Drivers of Miami, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood, FL: If you're thinking of upgrading to a crossover SUV and need to know where to begin, we’re here to help. The team at Subaru of North Miami has compared two of the best crossover SUVs on the market. Let’s learn all about the differences between the Subaru Forester vs. the Crosstrek!



26 city /33 hwy* | 28 city /33 hwy*
Forester vs Crosstrek


Standard | Standard
Forester vs Crosstrek


74.2 cu. ft. | 55.3 cu. ft.
Forester vs Crosstrek
Select a category below to learn more about how the Subaru Forester compares to the Crosstrek.
Subaru Forester

Ask yourself a question: What are you looking for in your ideal vehicle? Determining which of these two crossover SUVs is better for you depends on which features you value.

Consider the following. What are your expectations for fuel economy? Which features are most important to you? How frequently will you go off-road?


If you're a fan of raw power, the Subaru Forester is the way to go. Its standard engine boasts 182 horsepower compared to 152 horsepower with the Crosstrek.

If you're a fan of off-roading, either of these two SUVs are an excellent choice. X-MODE® is available in both models. It optimizes performance automatically when conquering rough terrain. This feature works alongside the available Hill Descent Control, which applies the brakes for you on steep roads. Focus on driving and sail down declines with ease!


Your drives may take you out of town or into the city. Whether you’re making a lot of road trips or just commuting to work, you’ll want to travel as far as you can before making a fuel stop. If you're more concerned with efficiency, the Crosstrek shines.

The Subaru Crosstrek offers an EPA-estimated 28 city/33 highway MPG compared to the EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG in the Forester.* The Crosstrek is also available with a hybrid powertrain for even more superior efficiency.

Subaru Crosstrek

Crossover SUVs must be comfortable to compete in the market. Whether you’re in the car for five minutes or five hours, these vehicles can be downright cozy. Let’s find out how much room you and your passengers will have in each of these Subaru SUVs.

Measuring Interior Space

The interior of these SUVS offer a lot of space. Both models provide over 43 inches of front legroom, so you’ll have lots of room to stretch out. On top of that, the Forester offers 39.4 inches of legroom in the rear row, while the Crosstrek has 36.5 inches.

As for passengers, both models have plenty of room for five people with more than 100 cubic feet of passenger space. The Crosstrek has 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Forester measures 111.6 cubic feet.

Cargo Volume

If you need to haul cargo rather than people, the Forester is your best bet. It boasts a maximum of 74.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. The cargo hold of the Crosstrek is plenty spacious with 55.3 cubic feet, so you can still pack your camping and climbing gear.

With a smaller exterior length, though, the Crosstrek will be easier to maneuver through city streets and narrow lanes.

Subaru Crosstrek

Getting from Point A to Point B safely is a priority for you and for Subaru. That’s why both SUVs come with excellent driver-assistance technology to ensure you’ll have all you need to stay safe on the road.

A Second Set of Eyes

When it comes to safety, both the Forester and the Crosstrek excel with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This system is available with both models and includes the following features:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering

The DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is one feature that’s only available with the Forester. It will alert you when it detects drowsy or distracted driving, so you can refocus or pull over for a short break.

Available Systems

If you’re looking for an even greater confidence booster, both SUVs offer Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. These features will help keep an eye out for vehicles in those hard-to-see places. So, whether you’re backing out of a tight spot or merging onto the open road, you can make your move with complete confidence.

Venture Out in a Subaru SUV!
Subaru Forester

At Subaru of North Miami, we’re excited to showcase the Subaru Crosstrek vs. the Forester. Both crossovers are elite in their class, so either option would be great!

When making your decision, think about what you're looking for in Miami, Pembroke Pines, or Hollywood, FL. If you prefer power and space above all, the Forester is the easy choice. If you prefer efficiency and compact convenience, the Crosstrek is right for you.

Experience both models with a test drive today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new Forester for yourself are conveniently available right here online.


* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.