2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: What's the Difference?

Both the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Subaru Forester are comfortable five-passenger SUVs designed to meet the needs of a busy family. Both offer fuel-efficient performance, including 90 MPGe when you drive the Crosstrek Hybrid. For more differences between the 2021 Crosstrek and 2021 Forester, read through the following comparison crafted by the McLaughlin Subaru team.

If you're ready to explore one of these Subaru SUVs further, check out our Crosstrek models for sale and Forester models for sale in Moline, IL. Then, couple your favorite SUV with the corresponding Crosstrek deal or Forester offer. Have questions? Call our Subaru dealership in the Quad Cities at (866) 960-7363.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Forester

Crosstrek vs. Forester

Family friendly with a history of delivering on safety, versatility, and value, the Subaru Forester and Subaru Crosstrek are formidable contenders in the popular and competitive small SUV marketplace. Which one should you choose? The team at McLaughlin Subaru in Moline, IL, put together this comparison of the two-row SUVs covering both the 2020 and 2019 model years.

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Crosstrek vs. Forester
Size & Dimensions

Cargo capacity and dimensions on both the Crosstrek and Forester did not change between the 2019 and 2020 model years. The Forester has a larger footprint and offers more interior space than the Crosstrek.

Model

2020 & 2019 Model Years

Subaru Crosstrek

(seats five)

  • 176 in. L x 71 in. W x 64 in. H
  • 20.8 cu-ft. of cargo space behind rear seats, 55.3 cu.-ft. with rear seats folded down

Subaru Forester

(seats five)

  • 182 in. L x 72 in. W x 68 in. H
  • 31.1 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind rear seats, 76.1 cu.-ft. with rear seats folded down

Crosstrek vs. Forester
Interior & Exterior Features

New on the Crosstrek for 2020 is EyeSight safety and driver assist technologies that come standard on the base-level trim. New standard safety features include automatic climate control and a rear-seat reminder.

In 2019, Subaru redesigned the Forester. The 2020 Forester is a continuation of that redesign with a few new features added to the already standard EyeSight suite, like lane-centering steering and lane departure prevention assist.

Among the interior and exterior features offered with the 2020 Crosstrek and 2020 Forester are:

  • Six-way power adjustable driver's seat available on the Crosstrek, ten-way power adjustable driver's seat included with the Forester.
  • Heated front seats included on both the Crosstrek and Forester, heated rear seats also included on the Forester.
  • Body color side view mirrors with integrated turn signals included on the Crosstrek, satin chrome side view mirrors with integrated turn signals included on the Forester.
Forester Interior

Crosstrek vs. Forester
Technology

Today's vehicles are equipped with entertainment and connectivity features that rival a driver's home systems. The 2020 Crosstrek and 2020 Forester help you stay informed and connected to your world and the world around you, with:

  • STARLINK® Multimedia Plus included on the 2020 Crosstrek, STARLINK Multimedia Navigation featured on the 2020 Forester.
  • Six-speaker sound system standard on the Crosstrek, nine-speaker sound system standard on the Forester. The Crosstrek also offers an available eight-speaker system.
  • EyeSight driver assist technology suite standard on both the 2020 Crosstrek and 2020 Forester.
  • DriverFocus™ distraction mitigation system included on the Forester.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek exterior

Crosstrek vs. Forester
Power & Handling

The 2020 Crosstrek keeps its 2.0L flat-four engine with standard six-speed manual transmission and available automatic transmission, while the 2020 Forester upgrades to a 2.5L Subaru BOXER® 4-cylinder engine featuring direct fuel injection and active valve control system. The new engine is paired with a standard Lineartronic CVT and now delivers 182 HP, up from 170 HP with the 2019 engine.

Model

Performance Specs

2020 Crosstrek

  • 152 HP
  • 145 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Standard AWD

2020 Forester

  • 182 HP
  • 176 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Standard AWD

Trim Options

The 2020 Crosstrek is offered with three trim levels:

  • 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Base - starting at $22,145 MSRP
  • 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium - starting at $23,195 MSRP
  • 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited - starting at $27,395 MSRP

The 2020 Forester features features trim options:

  • 2020 Subaru Forester Base - starting at $24,495 MSRP
  • 2020 Subaru Forester Premium - starting at $27,395 MSRP
  • 2020 Subaru Forester Sport - starting at $28,995 MSRP
  • 2020 Subaru Forester Limited - starting at $31,095 MSRP
  • 2020 Subaru Forester Touring - starting at $34,595 MSRP

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