2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Subaru Forester | What's the Difference?

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2019 Subaru Forester Versus

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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2019 Subaru Forester

2.0-liter DOHC engine

Engine

2.5-liter Subaru Boxer 4-cyl
33 city / 27 hwy

Fuel Economy

33 city / 26 hwy
152 HP

Horsepower

182 HP

Differences Between 2019 Subaru Crosstrek & 2019 Subaru Forester

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Vs 2019 Subaru Forester When car shoppers look around the world of compact crossovers, they often forget about hatchbacks. Subaru's Crosstrek model is indeed a hatchback, but its utilitarian design and spacious interior makes it an appealing choice for those who want something a bit compact but which drives more like a sedan. The 2019 Crosstrek comes with an appealing price tag, lots of standard and optional amenities, and a nicely designed cabin. If a compact crossover is the vehicle of choice, the 2019 Subaru Forester is worth a second and third look. It's one of the most feature-packed vehicles in its segment, and it also operates nicely as an off-road transport. Both the Crosstrek and Forester are equipped with all-time all-wheel drive, so buyers who plan to do a lot of driving in bad weather will appreciate the safety and security these models offer. Below, the two models are compared in more detail.

Performance

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine rated at 152 horsepower. The 2.0i and 2.0i Premium come with standard six-speed manual transmission, but a CVT is optional. The 2.0i Limited comes with the CVT only. All trims are equipped with all-wheel drive. Acceleration, whether with the manual or CVT, is average at best, but once up to speed, this vehicle offers precise, reassuring steering and handling. The power assist to the steering is just right, and there's very little wheel play. The 2019 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5L engine that produces a total of 182 horsepower. It comes standard with the CVT transmission, and like the Crosstrek, it has standard all-wheel drive. Unless the gas pedal is mashed to the floor, the Forester accelerates nicely, so it operates just fine on the arterials.

Interior

The 2019 Crosstrek may be a hatchback, but it's designed with comfort in mind. The cabin is indeed spacious, rivaling most five-seat crossovers. Both the front and rear seating areas boast considerable legroom. The front control panel is laid out in a logical, functional manner. Outward visibility is excellent thanks to the huge windshield and thin roof pillars. Standard features on the base trim include 17-inch wheels, power windows for the driver and front passenger, a 6.5-inch screen display, smartphone app integration, and a four-speaker stereo. The uplevel trims add on additional speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated mirrors, and automatic headlights. Several package options are available that add a sunroof, LED headlights, and leather upholstery. The 2019 Forester is similarly equipped, but the base trim comes with a few niceties not included on the base Crosstrek. These include automatic climate control and push-button start.

Safety

The standard all-wheel drive on both models ensures stability and traction control when driving over slick or icy roadways. Both models come with antilock brakes, a full set of airbags, and the LATCH system of child safety seat anchors and tethers. The Crosstrek base trim has a rearview camera and a real-time diagnostics readout on the info screen. The base trim can be purchased with the award-winning EyeSight system that adds on front collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. The top-trim 2.0i Limited includes the EyeSight system as standard, and this package is also standard on all 2019 Forester trims.


If you want a smallish SUV-style transport, and if safety and security are paramount, you'll want to check out both of these affordable models from Subaru. See them today at Subaru of Gwinnett, and contact the dealer before you visit so that you can ask about current inventory and package options.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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