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2019 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2019 Subaru Forester
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Everyone wants a crossover, that's for sure.

The 2019 Subaru Forester promises to be highly competitive, but the field is packed with good choices.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is similarly fresh and full of safety and convenience tech.

Honda's CR-V is a best-seller and it's easy to see why with its strong turbo engine and its roomy interior.

The Ford Escape now carries the performance flag, but its basic design is dated.

We like the Mazda CX-5, but wish it was quieter.

So too the Jeep Compass, which delivers decent off-road chops when optioned up right but comes up short in most other ways.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
5.7
The 2019 Ford Escape works well as a crossover SUV, but has the ride and handling of a smartly tuned hatchback.
6.2
The 2019 Honda CR-V rewards owners with fantastic utility and great safety scores.
5.2
The 2019 Jeep Compass stays true to the brand’s off-road formula, but bends toward usability rather than capability.
6.7
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 sates solo drivers with good handling and tasteful lines, but bigger families will want to move up in size.
6.5
With a dollop of refinement, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 would be a solid home run.
MSRP From     
$24,295$24,105$24,450$22,095$24,350$25,650
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 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     
2.5iS FWDLX 2WDSport FWDSport FWDLE FWD (Natl)
Drivetrain     
All WheelFront 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     
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Ford Escape2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Honda CR-V2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Jeep Compass2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Mazda CX-52019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4