2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Head to Head

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Crosstrek vs. Forester: Which Subaru SUV Is Right for You?

Subaru’s subcompact Crosstrek and compact Forester are exceedingly similar SUVs in most ways. Aside from the obvious (one is larger than the other), the primary differences between the two are due to their generations.

Subaru completely redesigned the Crosstrek for the 2018 model year, meaning it has the most up-to-date technology. The automaker did an impressive job successfully addressing some of the previous generation’s shortfalls. The Forester’s last redesign came in 2014, so it’s due for an update. However, it’s tried-and-true, impressively versatile, and it comes at a bargain price.

We’ve put the Crosstrek and Forester head to head in the categories that are most important to SUV buyers. Keep in mind that we update U.S. News scores regularly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores in this slideshow may not match the scores in our rankings.

Is it worth upgrading to the Forester or is the Crosstrek the better SUV? Read through the following slides to discover which Subaru SUV wins this battle.