Three Minute Video Comparison
Both purchased new at Planet come standard with:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for people bored with details:
Forester and the Crosstrek share a "platform" or "chassis," which means they started life together on the same basic frame. The Forester is bigger, inside and out. Young families usually go for the Forester, singles and couples for the Crosstrek (no diaper bags to stuff in the smaller cargo area). Most people think that the Crosstrek looks cooler and more sporty. Comparably equipped, the Forester is about $1,500 more expensive. Here are a few of the things you get in the Forester for the extra money:
| Review and Specs|| Crosstrek orange, Forester Grey|
is identical at just shy of 9 inches.
Forester is less than an inch wider.
Forester is six full inches longer.
That's a lot, especially when you're parking in Boston. But the wheelbase (distance between the axles) is the same. So, even though the Forester has a bigger body and a bigger engine, they're basically the same car underneath.
Forester is three inches taller.
And you notice that you sit higher in the Forester, even though both vehicles give you a "command driving position" (the auto industry term that describes that great feeling of sitting high in a vehicle so you can see what's ahead).
Forester has an extra 25 cubic feet of cargo space. That's a lot.
Both have seven!
At some point, we expect Subaru to invent the
Packing Peanuts Personal Protection Package,
which will fill the entire interior with packing
peanuts in an accident.
|Crosstrek || Forester|
The Forester weighs a couple hundred pounds more, so it feels a little more substantial than the Crosstrek. With their raised suspensions, they both have more "travel" than most vehicles. "Travel" is just a fancy way of saying that there is more space for the suspension to compress, which results in a more compliant ride.
Lots of "dead cat space"
between the top of the tire
and the bottom of the
wheel well. (That's the
technical industry term,
believe it or not.)
Even though we
hired a dog as our greeter,
we really do love cats.
Lots of "dead cat space"
on the Forester too.
|Outward Visibility |
Both use this ingenious little window in the corner so the mirror doesn't block your view. Rearward visibility is great in both cars compared to competitors but Forester is slightly better because of even bigger rear windows.
Comparably equipped, the Forester is $1,500 more, which buys you everything described in the executive summary above.
We think the Crosstrek looks a little more edgy and aggressive than the sophisticated Forester. Similar to the difference between hiking boots and a nice pair of flats? You be the judge.
Dog not included.
2.0 liter four cylinder
2.5 liter four cylinder
Optional 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo
Standard engines in both cars run regular unleaded. Both have 15.9 gallon tanks.
|Continuously variable |
26 city, 34 highway
23 city, 30 highway
Visit our Planet-exclusive Crosstrek and Forester centers for pictures, videos and links.
Planet Crosstrek Center