13 Alternatives to the 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Honda CR-V / 2020 Jeep Cherokee / 2020 Mazda CX-5
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How Does the Forester Match Up With Rivals?

Subaru’s Forester is an endearing compact crossover that combines practicality with an adventurous personality. Though the appeal is undeniable for active, outdoorsy types, the Forester has also placed near the top of our compact SUV ranking since its 2019 redesign. That means there’s a lot that most consumers will like about this vehicle, even if they don’t necessarily picture themselves as characters hiking or camping their way through a Subaru ad. A spacious interior, standard all-wheel drive, and generous fuel economy are high among the Forester’s benefits. 

That said, the Forester has strong competition. The compact SUV and crossover segment is notoriously competitive as it continues to steal market share from small and midsize cars. In addition, many of the Forester’s competitors are new or have been recently updated. Some of these rivals are known for being particularly fun to drive, which calls attention to the Forester’s main drawback. Shoppers in this segment would also do well to think outside the proverbial box and consider some alternatives to the ubiquitous crossover – but of course, we’ll get into that in more detail later.

Even if you think the Forester is the best bet for you and your family – and you might be right – won’t you feel better about your purchase knowing you made an educated decision? Keep reading to learn more about the vehicles that are most often cross-shopped against the Subaru Forester, plus a few curveballs that we threw in for good measure.

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