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2008 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

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2008 Subaru Forester 4-door Auto XT Ltd Angular Front Exterior View
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The Honda CR-V has been completely redesigned for 2008, and it has a very spacious interior, with comfortable seating and a smooth ride.

The CR-V is also more fuel-efficient, but it just isn't much fun to drive and it's not as rugged when taking on the rutted trail to a campsite.

The Outlander is a different type of crossover; it also caters more to on-road performance, but it has a decidedly sporty character, with a firm ride and very crisp handling.

On paper, it competes closely with the 2008 Subaru Forester, but in reality, it's quite a bit heavier and just doesn't feel as nimble.

However, both of these models have the Forester beat for refinement.

Another choice, for those who appreciate the Forester's boxiness and city-friendliness, is the Scion xB.

The Scion has a lower price than the Forester, with a similar nimble feel on the road, and it's more fuel-efficient.

However, it doesn't have the rugged ability or the all-wheel drive of the Subaru.

2008 Subaru Forester 4-door Auto XT Ltd Angular Front Exterior View2008 Subaru Forester2009 Scion xB 2009 Scion xB2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES2008 Mitsubishi Outlander
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The design of the 2008 Subaru Forester is far from fresh, but it’s one of few vehicles that’s both a practical, peppy city vehicle and rugged enough for mild off-roading.
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The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
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Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
MSRP From   
$21,195Browse Used Listings$15,750Browse Used Listings$20,700Browse Used Listings$19,990Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
4WD Sport UtilitySmall Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name   
4-Door Manual X5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door ES
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door Wagon5 Door4-Door Wagon
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticNA
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