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2020 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2020 Subaru Forester
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Among hyper-competitive compact crossovers, the Subaru Forester keeps pace thanks to its value and standard all-wheel drive.

The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are must-drives in the class—they’re stalwarts for good reason.

The RAV4 looks better this year and is intuitive.

The Honda CR-V is spacious and easygoing too, a hybrid model is on the way.

The Mazda CX-5 is fun to drive, but its price is creeping up ever-higher.

The Ford Escape is new for 2020 and the Sport Hybrid is what we’d recommend, but it’s also very car-like.

The Chevy Equinox is a popular model, but now lacks a standout feature.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2020 Subaru Forester is an incredible value among compact crossovers and a former Best Car To Buy winner.
6.2
The 2020 Chevy Equinox shoots right down Main Street for value and features, especially with newly standard active safety equipment.
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The 2020 Ford Escape takes a more refined tack, and brings its hybrid edition back into vogue.
6.5
The 2020 Honda CR-V hits right at the heart of many buyers’ needs: comfortable, spacious, quiet, and efficient.
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The 2020 Mazda CX-5 trades family-ready space for fine handling and good power.
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The 2020 Toyota RAV4 covers more bases this year with smartphone compatibility and tough-looking off-road trims.
MSRP From     
$24,495$23,800$24,885$25,150$25,190$25,950
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
CVTFWD 4-Door L w/1SMS FWDLX AWDSport FWDLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
All WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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