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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Review

New 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Subaru
Crosstrek

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New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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MSRP*
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$22,245 to $27,995
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$24,495 to $34,595
Invoice* $21,108 to $26,411 $23,099 to $32,266
MPG - City 22 - 27 26
MPG - Hwy 29 - 34 N/A
Engine(s) Horizontal Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Forester than in the Subaru Crosstrek, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Subaru Crosstrek as you will with the Subaru Forester, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Subaru Crosstrek will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Forester. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Subaru Crosstrek is about the same width as the Subaru Forester. The Subaru Crosstrek is slightly shorter than the Subaru Forester, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The Subaru Crosstrek has the same turning radius as the Subaru Forester, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Subaru Crosstrek will do just as well as the Subaru Forester, since they have about the same towing capacity. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester. The Subaru Crosstrek has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Forester.

Warranty
The Subaru Crosstrek comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Forester.