The Subaru Forester and the Subaru Crosstrek are the compact and subcompact SUV options within the Subaru lineup, so they share many similar features and amenities. Other than one being the larger of the two, there are a few differences to consider in deciding between them.

Drivers in Somerset, Bristol, and Fall River can discover the differences between the new Subaru Forester and the new Subaru Crosstrek with our side-by-side comparison.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Crosstrek: Performance

Both the 2020 Subaru Forester and the Subaru Crosstrek come standard with a 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine. Both SUVs also offer the fuel-efficient shifting power of the Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

To help you get a better grip on slick roads and off-road trails, both models come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The X-MODE® system-available on both SUVs-can fine-tune the All-Wheel Drive and give you even more traction.

If you want to keep the fun going, both SUVs boast an impressive fuel economy. The Forester achieves an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG. The Crosstrek has a similar EPA-estimated 27 city/33 highway MPG. When it comes to hybrid efficiency, however, you'll only get that with the Subaru Crosstrek.


Both the Subaru Crosstrek and the Subaru Forester can seat five passengers in available leather-trimmed seats. To keep everyone at the ideal temperature, both models bring you the set-it-and-forget-it convenience of an automatic climate control system. Plus, their available heated front seats will keep you toasty warm on a cold morning.

You'll have plenty of wiggle room with either model. The Subaru Forester interior comes with 43.3 inches of legroom up front and another 39.4 inches in the back. The Crosstrek brings you almost as much legroom. It has 43.1 inches up front and 36.5 inches for folks in the back seat.

In the cargo hold of the Forester, there's up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo volume. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, on the other hand, offers a maximum cargo volume of 55.3 cubic feet. So, the one you choose depends on what sort of trip you're planning.

Forester vs Crosstrek: Technology


 The 2020 Subaru Forester and the Subaru Crosstrek share the SUBARU STARLINK® infotainment system. It brings you the power of Bluetooth® audio streaming and an available 8-inch touchscreen. You'll also have access to your favorite smartphone features with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.

When it comes to giving you more peace of mind on the road, both Subaru SUVs offer EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This safety suite includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

You can get more parking prowess behind the wheel of either SUV. They come standard with a Rear-Vision Camera that will increase your field of view. Plus, the available Reverse Automatic Braking will alert you to obstacles behind the vehicle and apply the brakes if you don't react in time.

Test Drive the Subaru Forester and Crosstrek

It's clear to see that the 2020 Subaru Forester and the Subaru Crosstrek have plenty of technology to keep you safe and connected. Choosing the right one comes down to your unique needs. If you're looking for more space, the Forester is what you need. For more efficiency, you'll need the Crosstrek.

Drivers in Somerset, Bristol, and Fall River can compare these SUVs in person by visiting Stateline Subaru. Stop by our Subaru dealership to schedule your test drive!

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