2022 Subaru Forester vs. Its Competition

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

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

The RAV4 has a little of everything: rugged looks, hybrid and plug-in models, and intuitive controls.

The Ford Escape comes in marvy Sport Hybrid spec; it’s very car-like, so opt for the Bronco Sport’s more adventure-friendly package if you want to look and act the part at the same time.

The Mazda CX-5 is fun to drive, but its price is creeping up ever higher; all-wheel drive becomes standard for 2022.

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Quick Specs
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The 2022 Subaru Forester rains value down on crossover-SUV drivers, and safety’s a very close second.
6.5
A perennial bestseller, the 2022 Honda CR-V charms with its roominess, comfort, efficiency, and safety ratings.
7.0
The 2021 Ford Escape is the softer side of the Blue Oval’s small crossover 1-2 combo.
7.5
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport carves out a new all-terrain niche for one of the most beloved off-road names in auto history.
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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 crossover has some priorities out of order; it doles out fine handling while it delivers a skimpy back seat.
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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the meat-and-potatoes crossover for many buyers; the RAV4 Prime supplies the all-electric range.
MSRP From     
$25,195$25,750$25,555$27,215$25,370$26,350
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDN/ASmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
CVTLX 2WDS FWDBase 4x4Sport FWDLE FWD (SE)
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour 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/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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