2011 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2011 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 roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
7.8
The 2011 Dodge Journey is a crossover wagon for seven, not a Le Mans intender; it's well-suited for a practical family journey.
7.4
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
7.4
7.2
The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a good feature set and great packaging for small-family use, but its performance and details aren't always delightful.
7.0
Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
MSRP From     
$20,495$22,245$21,895$21,995$21,460$22,475
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door Manual 2.5XFWD 4-Door Express2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door ESFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomaticContinuously variable ratioContinuously variable ratioAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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