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What's the Difference Between the Subaru Crosstrek and Subaru Forester?

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and 2020 Subaru Forester both offer Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technology, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and famous the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. There are a few big differences though that set them apart.

The most notable difference between the Subaru Crosstrek and Subaru Forester is the size. The Subaru Forester is 6 inces longer, 4 inches taller, and 1 inch wider. As a result, the Forester offers almost 2 inches of additional rear legroom and over 20 extra cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Although the Crosstrek is a little smaller, it does offer better fuel economy** and has a lower MSRP*.

The Crosstrek and Forester both provide the practicality and adventurous spirit you've come to expect from Subaru. If you are looking for the versatility of a SUV but still enjoy the driving dynamics and nimbleness of a sedan, we suggest checking out the Subaru Crosstrek. If you are looking for a compact SUV but with ample storage space, the Subaru Forester is for you.

For more information on the Subaru Crosstrek and Forester, feel free to give us a call at (509) 850-9358 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales team members.

Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Forester

Specs Crosstrek Forester
Base Price MSRP* $22,145* $24,495*
Engine 2.0L SUBARU BOXER® H4 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® H4
Horsepower 152 HP 182 HP
Fuel Economy (MPG)** 27 CTY/ 33 HWY** 26 CTY/ 33 HWY**
Transmission 6-Speed Manual (Standard)
Lineartronic® 8-Speed CVT (Optional)
Lineartronic® 7-Speed CVT (Standard)
Drivetrain Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Towing Capacity 1500 lbs 1500 lbs
Dimensions 176″ L x 71″ W x 64″ H 182″ L x 72″ W x 68″ H
Interior Crosstrek Forester
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Rear Legroom 55.6 inches 57.2 inches
Cargo Capcity 20.8 cubic feet, 55.3 cubic feet with rear seats lowered 31.1 cubic feet, 76.1 cubic feet with rear seats lowered
Upholstery Cloth (Standard)
Leather-trimmed (Optional)
Cloth (Standard)
Leather-trimmed (Optional)
Heated Front Seats Optional (Standard on some trim levels) Optional (Standard on some trim levels)
Features Crosstrek Forester
STARLINK® w/ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Standard Standard
Subaru EyeSight® Standard Standard
Harman Kardon Premium Sound System Optional on some trim levels Optional on some trim levels
Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert Optional (Standard on some trim levels) Optional (Standard on some trim levels)
Keyless Access with Push-Button Start Optional (Standard on some trim levels) Optional (Standard on some trim levels)

*Vehicle MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, registration, license and options. Starting price refers to the base model vehicle with no optional equipment included, and a more expensive model or trim may be shown. To get full pricing details, see your local AutoNation dealer.
**EPA estimated miles per gallon shown. Actual mileage may differ.