Vehicle Comparisons:
Subaru Forester vs Subaru Crosstrek

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If you’re looking for a capable off-roader to help you cruise around Pittsburgh and the rougher roads beyond, the Subaru brand is a solid choice. Both the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Crosstrek present versatile options for your journeys and daily drives, but what sets them apart?

While similar in some ways, these crossovers have plenty of differences, too. The Baierl Automotive team will break them down for you in this Forester vs. Crosstrek comparison.

Forester vs Crosstrek: Power & Efficiency

Subaru Forester Sport Fuel EfficiencyNo matter which Subaru you choose, one thing will always remain the same: The Subaru BOXER® engine. With its horizontally opposed design and low center of gravity, it’s an efficient Subaru exclusive that serves up smooth and quick response.

Each of these crossovers comes with a 4-cylinder version of the Subaru BOXER®, though the powertrain in the Forester is a bit bigger at 2.5L over 2.0L. Perhaps due to its bigger size, the Forester churns up 182 HP and 176 lb-ft of torque to surpass the 152 HP and 145 lb-ft of torque produced by the Crosstrek.

While not quite as muscular as its family member, the Crosstrek provides something the Forester does not: A hybrid engine option. If you’re more concerned with conserving fuel than you are with producing sheer power, the Crosstrek may be your go-to choice.

Head Off-Road in Either Subaru SUV

One of the clear consistencies between each of these models if their off-road prowess. Both come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to improve your grip and overall traction on more rugged terrain. Wet, slippery, or loose roads should be much safer to master.

In addition to this, you’ll find that these crossovers offer X-MODE® as well. When you’re traveling on a low-friction surface, this feature will optimize performance facets, such as transmission ratios, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and engine output, to keep your vehicle steady.

While adventuring off-road, the Forester does have a bit of an edge thanks to its standard Trailer Stability Assist. If you’re hauling a camper, small boat, or another recreational vehicle, the Forester may have more control than the Crosstrek.

Subaru Forester vs Crosstrek: Space & Maneuverability

2019 Subaru Crosstrek InteriorIf you have a larger family, you’re going to need a roomier cabin to accommodate them all. In this respect, the Forester proves itself to be the bigger vehicle with 111.9 cubic feet of passenger room. In comparison, the Crosstrek only offers 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space.

Nevertheless, there are certainly benefits to driving a somewhat smaller vehicle, especially in the city. As roads are narrower and parking is a bit tighter, you’ll find a smaller crossover easier to maneuver and park. If that’s your concern, the Crosstrek may hold more appeal.

Which Subaru SUV is Right for You?

If it’s space and added muscle that you’re looking for here in Pittsburgh, the Subaru Forester can certainly satisfy. However, drivers more interested in fuel efficiency and maneuverability may prefer to stick to the more compact Crosstrek.

Do you need some additional help deciding? Stop by a Baierl Automotive Subaru store and take one (or both) Subaru crossovers for a spin. Contact us to schedule your test drive today.