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 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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