Before the crossover, there was the Subaru Outback. The success of the lifted wagon that could go off-road led to the Subaru Forester in 1998. The crossover craze was on. More than 20 years later, these two crossovers have switched positions in the Subaru family, with the Outback growing into a mid-size crossover and the Forester slotting as a smaller compact crossover.
Our TCC Ratings give one model an edge, but these Subies present a dilemma for shoppers keen on value, safety, and, for 2020, sophisticated technology.