2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Subaru Forester Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

When you're upgrading your vehicle for getting around the Salt Lake City area, you've got a little more to consider than just features and price. You need a vehicle with reliable performance in the snow and ice. That's why Subaru vehicles are so popular in the Rocky Mountains! Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on just about every Subaru, including the new 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and 2020 Subaru Forester. While one is a rugged compact crossover and another is an upright small SUV, they're actually pretty similar when it comes to features and capability. We'll take a closer look at both models below, and highlight the differences, so you can pick the one that's right for you and your crew! Then, come take your test drive and see how a new Subaru can improve your commute.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Subaru Forester Exterior

Standard Equipment

From the entry-level trim on up, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is built for a rugged look and versatile performance. Even its exterior equipment is adventure-ready -- the 2020 Crosstrek comes standard with stylish and durable alloy wheels and roof rails for flexible storage. On the 2020 Subaru Forester, steel wheels with wheel covers come standard and roof rails are an available upgrade.

By contrast, the Subaru Forester was more recently redesigned, and now features standard LED headlights for a clearer, whiter beam and better visibility. It also comes standard with the Subaru STARLINK™ Multimedia Plus system, featuring HD Radio and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. On the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, LED headlights, fog lights, HD Radio and SiriusXM® are all available upgrades.

It's also important to consider the size of these vehicles. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is a compact crossover that provides you with 36.5" of back seat legroom and up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded. Meanwhile, the 2020 Subaru Forester is a small SUV with a more upright profile, and that means more cargo space and passenger legroom. In that SUV, you'll enjoy 39.4" of second-row legroom and 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Subaru Forester Interior

Premium Options

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek possesses a certain youthful, sporty character that the family-ready Forester just doesn't -- especially when you upgrade to the available leather seats with orange contrast stitching. You can also get heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and more.

On the 2020 Subaru Forester, there are even more luxury options when you select a higher trim level. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are also available, plus some features you can't find on any 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Heated rear seats, one-touch folding rear seats, a power rear liftgate and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Performance & Capability

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek makes 152 horsepower for zippy city driving and the right amount of power for highway cruising. Perhaps best of all? It comes standard with an engaging 5-speed manual transmission. When equipped with the manual, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek can achieve up to 29 MPG. Or, for improved fuel efficiency, choose the available CVT automatic which will allow the 2020 Crosstrek to get up to 33 MPG.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Subaru Forester Features

By contrast, the 2020 Subaru Forester makes 182 horsepower with a standard CVT automatic transmission. That extra power helps the Subaru Forester feel nimble and responsive despite its size. The Forester will also get up to 33 MPG.

Ultimately, you'll find both these cars provide a similar drive with a responsive throttle and the added traction and control of standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Need to tow a light trailer? Both the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds.


The 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with the added protection of Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance. Subaru Eyesight® uses advanced sensor technology to enable features like pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance. This technology is so effective it's been shown to reduce the likelihood of a rear-end collision by up to 85%! EyeSight® is also available on the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek with an automatic transmission.

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Why Nate Wade Subaru Is The Place To Go For Quality New & CPO Subaru Cars, Crossovers & SUVs

For more than 50 years, Nate Wade Subaru has been serving the Salt Lake City community, selling and maintaining the latest Subaru vehicles. We're the nation's first exclusive Subaru dealer! The all-wheel drive performance, rugged durability and clever engineering of a Subaru makes them ideal for the Rocky Mountains.

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With our More To Love customer benefits program, you'll get exciting perks that help you save money and take great care of your Subaru for years to come. And if you're looking for a reliable pre-owned Subaru with a factory-backed warranty, Nate Wade Subaru is the #1 Subaru Certified Pre-Owned dealer in the nation. Come see all that we have to offer at 1207 South Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Forester
$21,895Starting MSRP*$24,495
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
AvailableEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
AlloyStandard WheelsSteel
36.5 InchesRear Legroom39.4 Inches

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.