2008 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2008 Subaru Forester 4-door Auto XT Ltd Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director


There's a completely new Subaru Forester on the way for 2009.

With a similar mechanical layout but more safety and technology features, the Forester promises to be much improved.

Rest assured, most of the boxiness will be carried over intact.

2008 Subaru Forester 4-door Auto XT Ltd Angular Front Exterior View2008 Subaru Forester
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2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V
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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES2008 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Quick Specs
7.2
The design of the 2008 Subaru Forester is far from fresh, but it’s one of few vehicles that’s both a practical, peppy city vehicle and rugged enough for mild off-roading.
7.6
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
8.2
Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
MSRP From   
$21,195$15,750$20,700$19,990
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
4WD Sport UtilitySmall Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name   
4-Door Manual X5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door ES
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door Wagon5 Door4-Door Wagon
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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