The Subaru Forester vs. The Subaru Crosstrek | Staten Island


The 2021 Subaru Forester Vs. Subaru Crosstrek at Staten Island

Are you shopping for a compact or a sub-compact SUV in the Brooklyn area?  Consider our 2021 Forester or Crosstrek at our dealership. Serving in Staten Island, we offer these models at the amazing prices.

Kindly make your way to Island Subaru to check out these new Subaru models. We will help you compare the 2021 Forester or Crosstrek side by side. Thus, you will choose the best model which will fit your priorities.

We compare the 2021 Forester and 2021 Crosstrek based on the following factors: Safety scores, Powertrains, Cabin qualities, Tech amenities, Trunk spaces & Reliability.

Seat Comfort

The 2021 Forester comes spacious, accommodating up to five people. It also has one of the roomiest rear seats in the class. Its other standard features include the manual seating adjustment and cloth upholstery. However, the car features the following optional features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power adjustable seats at the front
  • Heated rear and front seats
  • Reclining back seats

The 2021 Crosstrek model also accommodates five people. There is also enough legroom for adult passengers in the rear seat.


Cargo Space

The 2021 Cargo space measures 35.4 cubics. Folding its 60/40 split back seats increases this space to 76.1 cubes.

The 2021 Crosstrek has a space of 20.8 cubic feet. You can increase this space to 55.3 cubes by folding the back seats. This space is enough for this compact SUV.

Interior Features

The 2021 Subaru Cabin comes fitted with high-quality materials. In the higher materials, you will get leather upholstery for a stylish ride around Jersey City. Other standard interior features include:

  • Starlink infotainment interface
  • HD radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Satellite radio
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • 2-USB ports
  • A 6.5-inch touchscreen

On the higher trim models, you will get optional features like:

  • 2-Charging ports
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • A Wi-Fi hotspot
  • A nine-speaker audio system (Harman Kardon)

The new 2020 Crosstrek model has the same tech features. However, the standard features are not as many as in the Forester. The infotainment unit in both the Crosstrek and the Forester is straight forward to operate.


Both the 2021 Subaru and 2021 Crosstrek come with impressive powertrains. The 2020 features a standard 2.5-liter, which produces 182 horsepower. This power is enough for everyday driving in Avenel. A CVT (continuously variable transmission) comes standard in all models.


The 2021 Crosstrek has a two-liter 4-cylinder. This engine pairs a six-speed transmission, generating 152 horsepower. However, you can pick the 2.5-liter that comes with the new Crosstrek sport model.

Fuel Economy

The new 2021 Forester earns 26/33 mpg on city/highway. These figures are enough for an AWD compact SUV.

The 2021 Crossstrek earns 22/29 mpg with a standard manual. With a CVT, the figures rise to 28/33 mpg on city/highway. These mileage figures are standard among the mid-size SUVs.


Ride and Handling

The new Forester has smooth handling. Its ground clearance of 8.7 inches makes it suitable on rough terrains outside the Woodbridge area. Plus, the 2021 Forester has direct and responsive steering.

The 2021 Crosstrek SUV also drives smoothly over rough roads. However, it may not be as good as the Forester.


The NHTSA and IIHS give the 2021 Subaru Forester the best safety rating. The Forester comes with the following standard safety and driver-assist features:

  • A rearview camera
  • A backseat reminder
  • Forward collision alert
  • Cruise control (adaptive)
  • Forward automated emergency brakes
  • Lane-departure alert
  • Lane-keep assist

Also, the following features come optional:

  • Blind-spot monitors
  • Driver attention warning
  • Reverse automated brakes
  • Automated high-beam headlights
  • Rear cross-traffic warning

The 2021 Crosstrek also comes with opulent interior materials. However, if comfort and luxury is your priority, you can pick the Subaru model.


Also, the Crosstrek has the best safety tech features as the Forester. It comes standard with a rearview camera only. However, you can upgrade this model with the available optional features. Kindly make your way to Island Subaru to view our 2020 Forester and 2021 Crosstrek. For more information, browse our hub online.

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