Subaru SUV owners love what they drive for many reasons, from the roomy and versatile accommodations and four-season capability to the automaker's proven reputation for safety and reliability. But, of course, different people have different needs, so there's no one-size-fits-all solution. And that's why Subaru offers adventure-ready crossovers in a variety of configurations. Compact crossovers, in particular, are ideal for Waldorf drivers seeking more everyday utility than a sedan but need something with smaller space requirements.

The Subaru Crosstrek and Forester both fall into this designation, offering spacious flexibility while maintaining maneuverable dimensions. But which one is a better fit for you? To help you in your search, we're providing a quick overview of their distinguishing characteristics.

Subaru Crosstrek and Forester Common Features

While the Subaru Crosstrek and Forester offer unique experiences suited to different needs, they share a few notable attributes. For example, each is among the most off-road-capable in their respective classes, thanks to features like standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and X-MODE advanced traction and hill-descent control. Additionally, all CVT-equipped Subarus come standard with EyeSight® driver-assistance technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane Keep Assist.

Subaru Crosstrek

  • Seating: 5
  • L x W x H (inches): 176.5 x 71 x 63.6
  • Headroom Front/Rear (in.): 39.8 / 37.6 (37.8 w/ moonroof)
  • Legroom Front/Rear (in.): 43.1 / 36.5
  • Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.): 20.8 – 55.3
  • Trim Levels: Base, Premium, Sport Limited

It may be the smallest SUV in the lineup, but the Subaru Crosstrek provides plenty of interior space and versatility. And when your cargo needs exceed the cabin's capacity, standard raised roof rails provide several supplemental possibilities.

Under the hood, the base and Premium trim levels are set in motion by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder BOXER® engine (152 horsepower, 145 pound-feet of torque) that pairs with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or available Lineartronic® CVT. Crosstrek Sport and Limited models find more motivation in a 2.5-liter powerplant (182 hp, 176 lb-ft) matched with a Lineartronic® CVT with 8-speed manual mode. And for even better traction and handling, Subaru's X-MODE comes standard on all CVT-equipped models, with Crosstrek Sport adding a dual-function version with an extra setting for Deep Snow/Mud.

Notable standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch STARLINK® infotainment system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Subaru EyeSight® is also standard for Crosstreks with an automatic transmission.

Subaru Forester

  • Seating: 5
  • L x W x H (inches): 182.1 x 71.5 x 68.1
  • Headroom Front/Rear (in.): 40.2 / 37.7 (base model: 41.2 / 39.6)
  • Legroom Front/Rear (in.): 43.3 / 39.4
  • Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.): 28.9 – 69.2 (base model: 31.1 – 74.3)
  • Trim Levels: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Touring

A little under six inches longer than the Crosstrek, the Subaru Forester may offer a better fit for La Plata drivers seeking more cargo and a roomier backseat. The Forester comes standard with the Crosstrek's optional engine, plus a Lineartronic® transmission and EyeSight® driving aids. Additionally, all Forester trim levels include steering-adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beams, which the Crosstrek offers on its Limited tier.

Test-drive a new Subaru SUV near Mechanicsville and Hollywood, MD

Click the above links to learn more about the Crosstrek's and Forester's trim levels and options, then contact Ourisman Subaru Waldorf for information on available models and financing opportunities. And if you'd like to get behind the wheel and explore the accommodations, amenities, and drivability for yourself, we welcome you to schedule an in-person or at-home test drive via Ourisman to Go. We would love to give you a tour.

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