2015 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Compact crossover models have been becoming even more popular in recent years, and Subaru has been selling more Foresters than ever before, but the new Forester competes in a hotly contested niche.

The Ford Escape is a different kind of vehicle, with a priority placed on styling and design, as well as a sporty driving personality.

It’s powered by an all-new set of turbocharged ‘EcoBoost’ four-cylinder engines that are responsive yet fuel-efficient.

The latest Toyota RAV4 is another rival, but it hasn't done nearly as well in safety, and it's a less engaging drive than the Forester.

The Hyundai Tucson, as well as the closely related Kia Sportage, are a bit smaller, and they don’t ride and handle nearly as well or have the trail ability of the Forester.

The Honda CR-V was redesigned recently, and it stakes no claim on driving enjoyment but does a superb job in maximizing interior space and family-friendly versatility.

Of all new vehicles, we think the Jeep Cherokee is the closest in mission to the Forester; it can be outfitted for more off-road intent and with a powerful uprated engine, but its styling issues and less efficient interior earn it lower overall ratings from our editors.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Subaru Forester remains one of the best cars you can buy, thanks to exceptional safety, versatility, and all-weather capability.
With athletic looks and the performance to match, plus a roomy interior and loads of available cabin tech and convenience features, the 2015 Ford Escape is bolder and more exciting than most rivals, without much compromise.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is neither sporty nor particularly quick, but fuel efficiency is excellent and it prioritizes interior space, earnest practicality, and cleverly chosen features in a way that buyers appear to crave.
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish choice in the compact crossover segment, with solid but unexciting powertrains and a strong feature set.
Although the styling might have some disconnects -- from the past, and within itself -- the 2015 Jeep Cherokee delivers all the Jeep essentials, with impressive features and safety.
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a practical crossover with confident handling. Just know that driving enjoyment is not its strong point.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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