The CR-V has been completely redesigned for 2012, with a somewhat improved interior and better fuel economy, plus a quieter interior.
The Toyota RAV4 now remains one of the most dated designs in this class, yet it's one of the few that packs a small third row--and there's an available V-6.
Nissan's Rogue also has a well-executed interior, a smooth ride, and a spacious layout, but the driving experience isn't anything special.
The Dodge Journey is another alternative; last year, Chrysler gave it a thorough refresh inside, and it's comfortable, refined, and spacious inside; its four-cylinder powertrain is still behind the pack in terms of refinement.
Another possibility is the Jeep Patriot; though somewhat smaller than the Forester, the Patriot has a comparable utilitarian aesthetic--and it costs quite a bit less.
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|2012 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2012 Dodge JourneyBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Jeep PatriotBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||FWD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door Manual 2.5X||FWD 4-Door SE||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door S||FWD 4-Door I4 (GS)|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Manual||Automatic||Automatic||Manual||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic w/OD|
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|2012 Subaru Forester vs. 2012 Dodge Journey||2012 Subaru Forester vs. 2012 Honda CR-V||2012 Subaru Forester vs. 2012 Jeep Patriot||2012 Subaru Forester vs. 2012 Nissan Rogue||2012 Subaru Forester vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4|