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2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: Ultimate Guide Page 3

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2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT

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And in other news, we've also staked out some head-to-head comparisons we have on the docket through the summer. The Forester's no longer a niche vehicle--and that means some brutal competitors have lined up to take it on:

The Competition

In our full review, we initially compared the Forester to cars like the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V. As we've racked up the miles, a few more vehicles have been drawn into the gunsights--the 2014 Jeep Cherokee first and foremost among them.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Vs. 2014 Subaru Forester

A quick look at the TCC Rating for the Cherokee reveals the Forester has a clear edge. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee plants a foot in both the crossover and SUV world--and only flubs the styling. Both are safety standouts, but the Forester's versatility and visibility are trump cards that beat out Jeep's superior UConnect infotainment and Trailhawk edition.

Subaru Forester Vs. Subaru XV Crosstrek: Which Crossover To Buy?

Of course there's competition inside Subaru, too, with Subaru's handy new compact XV Crosstrek. Our conclusion: "If you need a smaller car that still offers all-wheel drive and more ground clearance than a regular compact to handle rough roads, the XV Crosstrek is for you. The Forester, on the other hand, is larger but offers more interior space and a nicer interior--and we found it smoother, quieter, and more pleasant at highway speeds."

Forester Recalled For Floor Mats

The Forester's been the subject of one recall already--a minor action for curling floor mats--but so far, our experience has been without flaw.

In the coming weeks, we'll talk about the Forester's safety systems, what we're learning about adaptive cruise control and the future of autonomous driving, and hit the pavement for some epic stretches of Americana. We'll update you regularly on fuel economy, car seats, and with other tasks to see if we've missed anything in naming the Forester our Best Car To Buy.

Follow along for the ride--and connect with us below if you have a task or a question in mind for our six-month test.

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