2017 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2017 Subaru Forester
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Those interested in a manual transmission can get a 2.5i base model for a real deal at just over $23,000.

If you want higher-end options, you have to forgo the manual, and spend considerably more money.

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2017 Honda CR-V Touring 2017 Honda CR-V
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2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive2017 Mazda CX-5
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2017 Toyota RAV42017 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
7.2
One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
6.3
The 2017 Ford Escape foregoes a bit of utility in the name of style and sportiness, making it one of the better crossovers to drive.
7.8
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
5.8
The 2017 Jeep Cherokee still antes up considerable trail-riding talent, but other crossover SUVs do a better job of daily driving.
7.0
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 takes a lot of small steps forward, but are any of them big enough changes to sway buyers?
7.3
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
MSRP From     
$22,595$23,750$24,045$23,695$24,045$24,410
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
2.5i ManualS FWDLX 2WDAltitude FWD *Ltd Avail*Sport FWDLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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