2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Forester
2020 Subaru Crosstrek 2020 Subaru Forester


2.0L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


152 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

22/29 * 26/33 *

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Forester

Serving Fairfax, VA

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2020 Subaru Forester are both compact crossover SUVs, but their differences are immediately noticeable with a quick look at their exteriors. The Crosstrek was introduced in 2012, and it benefited from a significant refresh during its 2018 model year. In comparison, the Forester has more than two decades of history on the road, and it entered its fifth generation last year. Further review reveals other exciting differences between the Crosstrek and the Forester.


Across the Crosstrek's three gas-powered trims, you will find a 2.0-liter Boxer engine under the hood. This engine produces 152 horsepower and is available with either a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission. A fourth trim is available with a hybrid powertrain. The Crosstrek Hybrid delivers 148 net horsepower. Some or all of the Crosstrek's trims are outfitted with intelligent all-wheel drive, auto start-stop technology, hill descent control, X-Mode, active torque vectoring, and other gear.

In comparison, the 2020 Forester has a 2.5-liter Boxer engine throughout its trim line. This is connected to continuously variable transmission to produce 182 horsepower. The Forester's additional performance-elevating equipment is comparable to the Crosstrek's equipment.


Visually, these two compact crossover SUVs are also different. The Crosstrek is shorter in length and height than the Forester, but it has the same ground clearance and width dimensions. The Crosstrek has a tapered profile, which directly contrasts the Forester's boxy profile. You will also notice a difference in their wheel designs, grille shape, lighting, and other features. Both of these crossover SUVs are available with raised roof rails, a power liftgate, LED lighting, a panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, and other exterior gear across their trim lines.


The interior of the Forester is notably more spacious than the Crosstrek's interior, and this is related to the Forester's larger exterior dimensions. Trim by trim; however, you may be pleased to find that they have comparable equipment with only a few subtle differences. The gear that you may enjoy in your next Subaru crossover SUV includes remote entry, paddle shifters on a three-prong steering wheel, driver's memory functions for the steering wheel and seat, front and rear USB ports, EyeSight driver's assistance tech, STARLINK multimedia technology, and other items.

Which of these Subaru models is a good fit for your lifestyle and needs? Our associates at Subaru Farrish are eager to help you answer that question confidently. Connect with one of our team members today to get more details about the Crosstrek and Forester.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.