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2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: The Competition

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We're a few weeks into our six-month road test with the 2014 Subaru Forester, and now that the snow above has cleared, we're going over the bona fides line by line, re-evaluating some of the vehicles you might also be shopping while contemplating one.

We named the Forester our The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014--but we realize you have choices, you know. Since our initial exposure to the new Forester in Japan, and then on the streets of South Africa, we've expanded our take with a new group of utes we'd encourage you to drive before you settle on the Subie.

First, though, the initial set of five. In our 2014 Subaru Forester review, we chose five competitors that share some common appeal--whether it's price, size, efficiency, or mission. With our short take on each, they are:

2014 Ford Escape

2014 Ford Escape

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2014 Ford Escape

With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Honda CR-V

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2014 Honda CR-V

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.

2014 Hyundai Tucson

2014 Hyundai Tucson

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2014 Hyundai Tucson

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.

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Toyota RAV4

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2014 Toyota RAV4

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

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2014 VW Tiguan

The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan offers just about everything a compact crossover should, though its a little conservative in style and feel.


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