The Subaru Forester has been a staple of American roads since 1998. It’s a comfortable, useful, and hardy little crossover suv with more capability than elegance.
But as the Forester has grown over the years, many customers have switched to the smaller, less expensive Subaru Crosstrek. The two crossovers have a lot in common, both mechanically and in terms of their purpose and target audience. If you know you need a lot of space, the Forester — part of the compact crossover class — is the obvious choice between them. And if you know you want to spend as little as possible, the subcompact Crosstrek is your winner. But to explore the more nuanced differences between the two Subarus, we tested both the Forester and the Crosstrek. Over the following pages of this review, we’ll compare them in eight categories and name our overall winner. Keep reading to learn which one we chose and which one is the better choice for you.