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 Charlottesville, VA

The Subaru Forester has been the compact crossover SUV with a rugged edge that many drivers have opted for. It was initially released in 1997, and it transitioned into its fifth generation during the last model year. The Crosstrek joined Subaru's lineup in 2012, and its second-generation debuted in 2018. Because these two popular models are neighbors in Subaru's current lineup and because the Forester is priced only slightly higher than the Crosstrek at the introductory level, you should take time to understand their differences before you make your crossover SUV purchase from Umansky Subaru.


Both of these Subaru SUVs show off impressive engineering results, but they produce different results behind the wheel. The 2020 Crosstrek is offered with one gas engine in the three trims and one hybrid engine in a fourth trim. The gas engine is a Boxer 2.0-liter DOHC engine that produces 152 horsepower. It is paired with a manual transmission in two trims and a continuously variable transmission in the other trim. The Crosstrek's hybrid engine generates 148 net horsepower. In comparison, the 2020 Forester has one gas engine option across all five trim levels. This is a 2.5-liter DOHC engine that gives you 182 horsepower, and it is linked to a continuously variable transmission. The Crosstrek and the Forester come with an intelligent all-wheel-drive across all of their 2020 trim levels.


The wheelbase and track of the Crosstrek are almost identical to the Forester's dimensions, but the Forester is several inches longer and taller. These differences establish fundamental differences in their exterior designs. The Crosstrek has sharp angles across the smooth hood and front windshield. The roof curves beautifully down at the rear, and this combines with thick wheel-well molding, raised roof rails, and lower-body definition on the side doors. When you compare this style to the Forester's exterior design, you will notice that the angles on the hood and roof are significantly more level, and the windshield's angle is more vertical. The Forester has molded fenders with black cladding and more definition at the rear.


The interior design of the Crosstrek and the Forester are comparable across the steering wheel, instrumentation gauge, and center stack. They both have a large display screen centered between a smaller display screen and the climate system controls. Their center consoles are unique, but they both have a gear shifter knob, driving mode controls, and beverage holders. These models may both come with features like a push-button starter, EyeSight driver's assistance technologies, STARLINK with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a rear-seat reminder, and many other features throughout their trim lines.

At Umansky Subaru, we maintain an extensive inventory filled with exciting possibilities for you to explore. Schedule time to meet with our sales associates soon so that you can compare the trims for the Forester and the Crosstrek in person.

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