2010 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2010 Subaru Forester
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The class leader remains the roomy Honda CR-V, but its most recent styling update is somewhat controversial and the Honda won't wake up anyone's driving enthusiasm.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a good alternative for those who like good, carlike handling in a tall wagon; however, its interior is even more of a letdown.

Nissan's Rogue also has a well-executed interior, a smooth ride, and a spacious layout, but the driving experience isn't anything special.

The Toyota RAV4 has an optional V-6 and available third-row seating.

The Dodge Journey crossover was introduced about the same time as the current-generation Forester, and like the Subaru, it comes well equipped and offers plenty of space.

However, its powertrain leaves a lot to be desired, and it’s seriously lacking in the quality department.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2010 Subaru Forester may not be as powerful or well-equipped as its rivals, but it really shines in its more carlike dynamics and superior handling.
8.4
As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options.
7.8
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.
7.8
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
$20,295$20,925$20,700$19,430$21,500
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door Manual 2.5XFWD 4-Door SE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door S w/CA EmissionsFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4dr SUV5 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomaticContinuously VariableAutomatic w/OD