Subaru Forester Vs. The Competition

How the Capable Subaru Forester Navigates its Way to the Top of the Affordable Compact Crossover Class

The capable Subaru Forester stands out from the crossover crowd with its uniquely rugged-yet-refined design. It's more off-road-ready than the average crossover, and yet it still comes equipped with many creature comforts.

You can see how it fairs against rivals like the Toyota Highlander and Ford Escape below:

The Subaru Forester vs the Toyota Highlander in Kingston, NY

  • The Forester starts things out on the right foot by offering a much lower starting price than the Highlander.
  • The Forester's standard 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine earns better fuel economy ratings than the Highlander's standard inline-four.
  • Standard all-wheel drive sets the Forester apart from its larger rival, as the Highlander may look more rugged with its hefty three-row design, but it comes standard with unimpressive front-wheel drive.
  • The Forester is lighter than the Highlander, and it executes a tighter turning radius.
  • Subaru's X-Mode system reduces wheel spin by using lower gear ratios to optimize engine output. In other word's it improves traction and control, and it's offered in the Forester. Of course, the Highlander couldn't possibly offer this brand exclusive.
  • The Forester may be a compact crossover, but it towers over the Highlander when it comes to ground clearance. The Forester boasts a whopping 8.7 inches of ground clearance, so it's easier to tackle tough terrain. The Highlander maxes out at 8 inches.
  • A glance at these competitors and it may be hard to notice, but sit in the front of the Forester and you'll notice that it offers more headroom than the Highlander.

The Subaru Forester vs the Ford Escape in Kingston, NY

  • You'll get more than you bargained for with the Forester, as its capable design comes in a lower starting cost than the Escape.
  • The Forester continues to stand out from the crossover crowd with its standard all-wheel drive, as the Escape base model is front-wheel-drive-only.
  • The massive 8.7 inches of ground clearance allows it to literally overshadow the Escape, which comes in at a measly 7.8 inches.
  • All Forester 2.0XT models come powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. This turbo engine outperforms all Escape models.
  • Even the Forester's standard four-cylinder engine generates more horsepower and torque than the Escape.
  • The Forester excels when other crossovers give up thanks to the available X-Mode features. This Subaru exclusive improves traction and control by using lower gear ratios to optimize engine output. It goes without saying, but we just have to say that the Escape doesn't have anything like this Subaru feature.
  • The Forester is longer and taller than the Escape, making for both greater cargo and overall passenger space.
  • The Forester earns the highest Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2017. The Escape falls short due to low crashworthiness ratings.

Colonial Subaru is a popular place to find the Forester for sale in Kingston. Stop by our well-stocked new Subaru showroom to see why. You're welcome to take your favorite Forester models for a test drive, and we encourage Kingston, Wappingers Falls, Rhinebeck and Catskill area drivers to reach out to our staff for information on your Subaru financing options.