2023 Subaru Forester vs. The Competition

The mid-size SUV segment is stacked with lots of vehicles from all the top automaker brands. Motorists in the Georgetown, TX area are savvy car buyers and usually compare a few different models before buying. That's why we put together this useful comparison so that you can see how the 2023 Subaru Forester stacks up against the competition.

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Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

The Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4 both come with similar powertrains. Both are frugal choices for motorists in Georgetown, TX who are attracted to their thrifty fuel-sipping four-cylinder engines. However, the 2023 Subaru Forester has more capability.

The 2023 Subaru Forester comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and Active Torque Vectoring on every model as standard equipment. You've got to jump up to mid-range and high-end model trims to get all these systems from the Toyota RAV4. The Toyota RAV4 has more towing capacity when you choose the $36,915 RAV4 TRD Off-Road model, but the Subaru Forester Wilderness trim can tow nearly as much at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,520.

The exterior design of these two vehicles couldn't be more different. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 is upright and blocky whereas the 2023 Subaru Forester is more composed and sophisticated. The Toyota RAV4 has LED headlights, but the 2023 Subaru Forester always gets high marks for its Steering Responsive Headlights that come standard on all model trims.

Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V

The Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V have similar proportions. So, it comes as no surprise that motorists near Leander and Round Rock compare them before buying. However, the 2023 Honda CR-V comes in just two model trims, whereas the Subaru Forester has six. That's more choices and more features to suit diverse lifestyles and needs.

The 2023 Subaru Forester offers more headroom and legroom for front passengers. The Subaru Forester has a maximum passenger volume of 11.6 cubic feet, but the 2023 Honda CR-V only has 103.5 cubic feet of space. The Honda CR-V prioritizes cargo over people when it comes to space, but that provides little comfort to growing families in Austin.

The Honda CR-V is also missing some infotainment and technology features that motorists near Round Rock and Leander are looking for in a mid-size SUV. There aren't any USB ports for the rear seats like the Subaru Forester. There's no Wi-Fi Hotspot like the Subaru Forester. The Honda CR-V EX-L model comes with eight speakers, but the 2023 Subaru Forester has a Harman Kardon® premium sound system with nine speakers that's optional on all but the Base and Premium models.

Subaru Forester vs. Acura RDX

The Acura RDX doesn't do subtle. Its exterior is longer than the Subaru Forester and it's got lots of garish cuts and angles to catch the eye. It's too bad that it doesn't match up well against the 2023 Subaru Forester for savvy buyers near Georgetown, TX. The Acura RDX has an MSRP of $40,600 and that doesn't even include all-wheel drive. The 2023 Subaru Forester comes handsomely equipped at a price point of $25,895 and that includes Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

The Acura RDX is fast but sacrifices fuel economy for its performance thrills. The Acura RDX with SH-AWD gets just an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The 2023 Subaru Forester gets an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city and an impressive 33 MPG on the highway, even with all-wheel drive. Now, that's how you get the attention of families and smart commuters near Austin.

The interior of the Acura RDX has all the trappings of a luxury mid-size SUV, but so does the 2023 Subaru Forester. You can have genuine leather upholstery from both. You can also get all the latest tech features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity from both. The Subaru Forester costs much less, but can step up its game when compared to luxury vehicles in its class.

Subaru Forester vs. Ford Bronco Sport

The Ford Bronco Sport and the Subaru Forester might find themselves side by side at the trailhead or campsite near Cedar Park. Both are rugged and ready for adventure. Both are top safety picks and have great overall crash test scores. Yet, you'd be wrong if you thought the Bronco Sport was a more capable off-roading vehicle.

For starters, the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport has a maximum towing capacity of 2,200 pounds and that's with the pricey Badlands model and an additional spend on the Class II Trailer Tow Package. The 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness model comes fully equipped to tow up to 3,000 pounds. The Subaru Forester Wilderness model also has 9.2-inches of ground clearance; so feel free to water ford and go mudding with your friends without worrying about getting stuck.

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport has two engine options available, and you'd better know which one you're getting. The base model comes with a 1.5-Liter three-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and it's hooked up to a very basic all-wheel drive system. It's not the rugged and capable Bronco Sport Badlands powertrain that you'll most likely see in all the adverts.

And the Winner is…

We think the 2023 Subaru Forester is the clear winner in this friendly competition, but ultimately, you're the final judge. You can visit Subaru of Georgetown to get a closer look at the 2023 Subaru Forester. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team can answer all your questions and help you book a test drive today.