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2016 Forester vs. CR-V vs. Rav4

Lots of great companies are making great small SUVs. Here's a quick rundown of a few of what's out there and how they stack up. Let's look at base model to base model comparisons!
People removing bikes from their 2016 Subaru Forester



  • All wheel drive
  • 34.4 cubic feet / 74.4 cubic feet cargo volume
  • 170 horsepower, 174 lb-ft torque
  • 1500 pounds towing
  • Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle


  • Four-wheel independent suspension (great handling, low body roll)
  • 6.2" HD touchscreen with USB and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Brake assist
  • MSRP of $22,395
The Forester has the highest IIHS Safety Rating possible...
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What does Consumer Reports say about Subaru? What car is the Consumer Reports People's Pick?

It's always a good year to have a Subaru, but 2015 is spectacular. Not only is every Subaru model an IIHS Top Safety Pick, Consumer Reports has had some glowing things to say.

People's picks:

It's a sweep; Subaru took 49% of the total votes for best vehicle! From Consumer Reports:

Winner: Subaru Outback (25 percent [of votes])
The redesigned Subaru Outback hits a sweet spot, with refined manners, benchmark safety scores, available advanced safety equipment, easy-to-use infotainment system, and ample passenger and cargo space. Factor in standard all-wheel drive and respectable fuel economy, and you have…
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What is the Best Family Car? Subaru Forester Named to Kelley Blue Book Top 12 Family Cars

2014 Subaru Forester Named to Kelley Blue Book's '12 Best Family Cars' List


Here are 5 reasons why the 2014 Subaru Forester was named to the 12 Best Family Cars List:

1. The Subaru Forester had the best outward visibility in the family car comparison tests.

2. HUGE cargo area: 34.4 cubic feet (31.5 cubic feet w/ moonroof)

3. Child booster seats were so easy to install, it's as if Subaru…
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Five Subaru Models Now Rated 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks

Five Subaru Models Now Rated As 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 19, 2013 – Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the all-new, 2014MY Forester has been joined by the 2014MY Legacy and Outback (with Optional EyeSight) to be named as 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) along with the highest possible rating of “Superior” for Front Crash Prevention. The 2014MY Impreza and XV…
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How Does the Subaru Forester Compare to Other Vehicles?

How Does the Subaru Forester Compare to Other Vehicles in the Crossover SUV segment? | Watch these videos of the Crossover Challenge conducted by the independent testing of the United States Auto Club


The following is a series of videos, aptly titled "The Crosover Challenge", which puts the 2014 Subaru Forester in direct competition with the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Escape through three tests: All Wheel Drive, Control and Braking, and Hill…
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Sizzling Subaru Sales Prompts Subaru to Say Sayonara to Toyota Camry Production at Indiana Plant

"About all you can see these days is Subaru's tailights," reports Denis Flierl of TorqueNews


"2014 Subaru Forester is selling so well that the Japanese automaker needs to increase production which will force them to end Toyota Camry production in their U.S. plant. About all you can see these days is Subaru's taillights. The 2014 Subaru Forester is experiencing blistering sales in the U.S. and it’s forcing Subaru to make…

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The 2014 Motor Trend SUV of the Year is the Subaru Forester!

Why Did the 2014 Subaru Forester Win Motor Trend SUV of the Year? We'll give you 5 good reasons:

Motor Trend uses 6 categories to determine SUV of the Year:

1.) Advancement in Design
2.) Engineering Excellence
3.) Efficiency
4.) Safety
5.) Value
6.) Performance of Intended Function

Motor Trend's Carla Sanchez explains in detail below:

"The 2014 Subaru Forester is the 2014 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.  While this year there…
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Subaru Introduces the World's First Wing Seat for Drivers with Disabilities

Subaru has revealed a new and innovative driver assist system for wheelchair-bound drivers on the all-new 2014 Forester.


Torque News has reported that Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru vehicles, has introduced the world's first wing seat for drivers with disabilities. Denis Flierl of Torque News tells us all about it below:

"Subaru who is one of the world's most progressive automakers, and on the move around the globe, has just…

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What is a Twin Scroll Turbocharger? | New Subaru Forester Turbo Has Twin Scroll Turbocharger

What is a Twin-Scroll Turbocharger? | The New 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT has Twin Scroll Turbocharger| How Does Twin Scroll Turbo Work?

As the newly redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester makes its debut, along with the Forester 2.5i model comes its turbocharged twin: The 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT. This Forester 2.0XT runs a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine.

Two Turbocharged models available: The 2.0XT Premium and 2…
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What Does Think of the 2014 Subaru Forester?

Edmunds First Drive of the 2014 Subaru Forester

Jonathan Elfalan, contributor for, had a chance to drive the all new Subaru Forester (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo All Wheel Drive CVT Automatic) in the Sonoran Desert recently and reports his experiences below:

Of the new changes implemented in the 2014 Forester, he says the narrower A-pillars are pushed forward while the side mirrors are pulled back on the doors, creating a solariumlike cockpit. 


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What is the Difference Between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester?

What are the Differences Between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester? | What is the driving experience like in an Outback versus a Forester? | Is this a reasonable car to own for city driving with occasional journeys to the mountains?--Answers to these questions and more can be found below:

A prospective Subaru shopper raised these questions recently and here is what I've come up with to explain the differences, the driving experience, and answer…
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2014 Subaru Forester Revealed in Tokyo

Introducing the 2014 Subaru Forester

The All-New 2014 Subaru Forester made it's global debut today in Tokyo. A video from Subaru Global TV was released on YouTube today, and the video is nothing short of an epic movie premiere!  Projection Mapping was used to unveil the new model.

Here are some preview images from Subaru Global's website. Please note these depict 2014 Subaru Forester models, but some options and accessories may not be…
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What Does the 2014 Subaru Forester Look Like? What Are the Details on the 2014 Subaru Forester?

What Does the 2014 Subaru Forester Look Like? |  What Are The Details on The 2014 Subaru Forester? | When Will The 2014 Subaru Forester Be Available to Purchase?


The all-new 2014 Forester. Versatility unveiled.

Los Angeles Auto Show, November 28.

The all-new 2014 Subaru Forester is designed to go places, to get things done and to live life. So naturally, we're unveiling it at the Los Angeles Auto Show and everywhere it loves to go…

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What Vehicle Makes for a Good Ski Patrol/Rescue Vehicle? A Subaru, of Course!

What Vehicle Makes for a Good Ski Patrol/Rescue Vehicle? A Subaru, of Course!


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Johnathon Ramsey of described the vehicle like this:

"Leave the Saint Bernards at home, honey, we've got something better. The Subaru Mountain Rescue Vehicle was made for the National Ski Patrol  On its tiptoes it has 14 inches of clearance, and the staid passenger car driving compartment is balanced by the diamond plate floor…

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Fan Mail From Furry Friends

Here is a lovely letter and photos sent to us from Ziva, the proud owner of a new Subaru Forester. She is seen here with her people parents (a.k.a. Chauffeurs).

Ziva writes:

Hi Kelly,
Mom is so happy! She loves the Forester. Perfect color. Mom and Dad thought buying a new car would be a traumatic ordeal.  Thank you for making it so much fun.
I'll be looking forward to our visits…
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How Does the Subaru Forester Compare to Toyota Rav4?

The Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 have been perennial bestsellers since their introductions, but between these two stalwarts, which one is a better buy?
Right from the start, the 2012 Subaru Forester (MSRP $20,595) has a distinct advantage over the 2012 Toyota RAV4 (MSRP $22,475) with a nearly $1,900 lower base price and the legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system included as standard equipment. The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with front-wheel drive and only offers AWD as an additional option costing thousands more
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