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2010 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

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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.

2010 Subaru Forester2010 Subaru Forester2009 Dodge Journey SE2009 Dodge Journey2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V2008 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SL Rear Exterior View2008 Nissan Rogue2008 Toyota RAV4 2008 Toyota RAV4
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
$20,295Browse Used Listings$20,925Browse Used Listings$20,700Browse Used Listings$19,430Browse Used Listings$21,500Browse Used Listings
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
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)
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4dr SUV5 Door4 Door4 Door
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomaticContinuously VariableAutomatic w/OD
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