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2013 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Subaru Forester 4-door Auto 2.5X Angular Front Exterior View
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Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

The best-selling compact crossovers are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape.

The latter two are new for 2012 and 2013, respectively, and offer nicer interiors and much-improved fuel economy.

The RAV4 is by far the oldest design in the class, but it offers both a V-6 engine and a small third row.

Though the Jeep Patriot, now in its last year, is smaller than the Forester, its similarly utilitarian interior may appeal to the same buyers--who seek rugged capability in an inexpensive, all-wheel drive crossover--and it costs considerably less.

Finally, the new Mazda CX-5 is also a more modern vehicle with a nicer interior, and like the Escape, has significantly better dynamics than the Forester.

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The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks.
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After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
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The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
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The 2013 Jeep Patriot is handsome and utilitarian and makes sense for urban-dwelling weekend-warrior types on a tight budget—but its lack of refinement could make it tough to live with.
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The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an attractive and modern crossover with great handling and surprising space, but sluggish acceleration.
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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
$21,295$22,470$22,795$15,995$20,995$23,300
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door Manual 2.5X PZEVFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Manual SportFWD 4-Door LE (Natl)
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     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualManualAutomatic
 
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