Which Subaru is Right for You?

Subaru SUV Showdown - Forester vs. XV Crosstrek

When you're searching for the next car, truck, or SUV to add to your life if you find yourself browsing a selection of Subaru models, you're on the right path. Known for their exceptional reliability, unparalleled versatility, and incredible safety ratings, the vehicles of the Subaru lineup are among the best available to drivers in Spruce Pine, NC and beyond. But knowing which Subaru model is best for you can be a challenge, one that the Mike Brown Subaru team is ready to help you meet head-on.



Two of the most popular Subaru SUV models are the Subaru Forester, the long-running Subaru SUV flagship model, and the new Subaru XV Crosstrek model, an SUV built up from the highly-successful Subaru Impreza platform. Both models offer incredible experiences for drivers, but through an examination of the details, we can get an idea of what people will enjoy about each model. Though very similar the differences will be a decisive factor for many. See more comparisons below.

  • The main difference comes in the engine with the Subaru XV Crosstrek featuring a 2.0L H4, while the Forester has a slightly larger 2.5L H4 offering 20 more horsepower, and 30 more pound-feet of torque than the XV Crosstrek.
  • The difference in power comes at a slight loss of fuel economy, with the Forester getting 22 city and 29 highway, compared to the XV Crosstrek's 23 city and 31 highway.
  • Both vehicles offer similar dimensions in terms of interior space and cargo capacity, with the Forester holding a slight advantage, by only a few square inches.
  • For those with gear to store, the XV Crosstrek comes with one extra feature that the Forester only has as an option, the cargo area cover.

While the differences may not be huge, it is easy to see that Subaru vehicles are ready and able to thrill drivers of all types. If you'd like to compare and contrast these models in person, come and see our team at Mike Brown Subaru in Spruce Pine, NC. We'll help you get all the info you need to find the perfect new Subaru model for many years of automotive satisfaction.

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