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 EscapeEnlarge Photo
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-VEnlarge Photo
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 TucsonEnlarge Photo
2014 Toyota RAV4Enlarge Photo
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-LineEnlarge Photo
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan offers just about everything a compact crossover should, though its a little conservative in style and feel.