Small SUVs are now the hottest segment of a surging new-car market, and the Subaru Forester is selling well.
But there's tough competition out there too, starting with the Big Three: the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.
The CR-V wins on interior space and family-friendly versatility, even if it's not that much fun behind the wheel.
The RAV4's safety ratings lag those of the Forester and other contenders, but it is a fine value otherwise.
The Escape puts priority on design and sporty driving, but the real-world fuel economy of its turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines has been questioned.
Mazda's CX-5 is also fun to drive and it delivers excellent fuel economy.
The Jeep Cherokee may be the closest match to the Forester's rugged but practical personality.
It can be outfitted for serious off-roading, or ordered with a more powerful engine, but its less efficient interior and polarizing design rate it lower among our editors than the award-winning Forester.
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