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2015 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i
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Compact crossover models have been becoming even more popular in recent years, and Subaru has been selling more Foresters than ever before, but the new Forester competes in a hotly contested niche.

The Ford Escape is a different kind of vehicle, with a priority placed on styling and design, as well as a sporty driving personality.

It’s powered by an all-new set of turbocharged ‘EcoBoost’ four-cylinder engines that are responsive yet fuel-efficient.

The latest Toyota RAV4 is another rival, but it hasn't done nearly as well in safety, and it's a less engaging drive than the Forester.

The Hyundai Tucson, as well as the closely related Kia Sportage, are a bit smaller, and they don’t ride and handle nearly as well or have the trail ability of the Forester.

The Honda CR-V was redesigned recently, and it stakes no claim on driving enjoyment but does a superb job in maximizing interior space and family-friendly versatility.

Of all new vehicles, we think the Jeep Cherokee is the closest in mission to the Forester; it can be outfitted for more off-road intent and with a powerful uprated engine, but its styling issues and less efficient interior earn it lower overall ratings from our editors.

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The 2015 Subaru Forester remains one of the best cars you can buy, thanks to exceptional safety, versatility, and all-weather capability.
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With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
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The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
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A better ride and improved handling should add to the appeal of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson, which carries forward with curvaceous sheetmetal and against-the-grain crossover styling.
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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee plants a foot in both the crossover and SUV world--and only flubs the styling.
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The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.
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