When you're in the market for a new SUV, you'll be investing both time and money. You know how important it is that you get the very best match for you and your unique lifestyle. If you're interested in the Subaru Forester, but aren't sure how it stacks up against its closest competitors, we can help. Here, we offer a breakdown in which compact SUV comes out on top, and why.


After making the decision to upgrade your current ride for something a little larger, you're starting to do a bit of research. The internet is a wonderful thing as there are many tools available. The downside? There are so many tools available, it can become overwhelming very quickly.

Here is what you know: you are interested in the Subaru Forester as well as other compact sport utility vehicles. But which one is best? Each has some great features, but we believe that the Subaru Forester is the best choice for several reasons. At Joseph Subaru, we know the compact SUV market, and we can help you compare the Subaru Forester, Kia Niro, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, and Mazda CX-5. 

For example, you may wonder how the Forester stacks up against the Kia Niro. While both the Subaru Forester and the Kia Niro are solid vehicles, at Joseph Subaru of Florence, we believe that in the long run you'll be happier with the Subaru Forester for several key reasons we've listed below.  And maybe you're trying to determine how the Forester compare to the Ford Escape and the Nissan Rogue?  Well, quality is just one of the many things that has made our list below. 

We'll outline a few of these below as they pertain to each of the other vehicles. Ready? Then let's get started.

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Forester vs. Kia Niro

Subaru Forester vs. Kia Niro in Cincinnati

  • Starting with price, you'll pay a bit less for the Subaru Forester than the Kia Niro.

  • With the Subaru Forester, you'll enjoy the more powerful 2.5-liter engine; the Kia Niro has only a 1.6-liter engine.  

  • All-wheel drive is standard in the Subaru Forester, while the Kia Niro has front-wheel drive only.

  • Enjoy a larger fuel tank-which means less trips to the gas station-with the Subaru Forester which has the capacity to hold nearly 16 gallons of gasoline. The Kia Niro can hold only 11.9 gallons.

  • Inside, the Subaru Forester offers you more head, hip, leg and shoulder room in the front seats than the Kia Niro.  

  • Similarly, in the rear seats, you'll enjoy more hip, head, leg and shoulder room with the Subaru Forester than with the Kia Niro.

  • The Subaru Forester offers you a whopping 74.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The Kia Niro has only 54.5 cubic feet in comparison.

  • The Subaru Forester ranks higher in Average Consumer Ratings on Edmunds.com in the areas of Reliability, Performance, and Value, than the Kia Niro.

  • Last but not least, you'll enjoy a wide array of paint colors for the exterior of the Subaru Forester, while the Kia Niro comes in only a handful.
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Forester vs. Ford Escape

Subaru Forester vs. Ford Escape in Cincinnati

  • Again, the price of the Subaru Forester is less than that of the Ford Escape. You'll save significantly when you choose the Forester.

  • All-wheel drive is a standard feature on the Subaru Forester, but the Ford Escape offers front-wheel drive only.  

  • The Subaru Forester has a slightly larger fuel tank and offers more horsepower and torque than the Ford Escape.

  • HD Radio is standard with the Subaru Forester, but it's a service that is available on other styles than the Ford Escape.  

  • Enjoy added peace of mind: with the Subaru Forester you'll get a standard anti-theft system. The Ford Escape doesn't offer this feature.

  • You and your passengers will enjoy more head and shoulder room in the front seats of the Subaru Forester than the Ford Escape.

  • In the rear seats, passengers will be more comfortable with additional hip, head, leg, and shoulder room than they will be in the Ford Escape.

  • According to Edmunds.com, the Average Consumer Ratings scored the Subaru Forester higher in the area of Safety than the Ford Escape.

  • You'll enjoy a wider selection of colors for the exterior of the Subaru Forester than the Ford Escape.
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Forester vs. Mazda CX-5

Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-5 in Cincinnati

  • The Subaru Forester has all-wheel drive, while the Mazda CX-5 has front-wheel drive only

  • The Forester has a larger base engine than the Mazda CX-5

  • The Subaru Forester offers more horsepower and torque than the Mazda CX-5
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Forester vs. Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester vs. Nissan Rogue in Cincinnati

  • Yet again the Subaru Forester comes out ahead when it comes to cost savings. You'll save significantly when you purchase the Forester over the Nissan Rogue.

  • The all-wheel drive of the Subaru Forester will provide you with better handling and grip on dicey roads. The Nissan Rogue comes only with front-wheel drive.

  • The Subaru Forester has greater fuel capacity than the Nissan Rogue. While the Forester can hold up to 15.9 gallons of gas, the Rogue holds only 14.5 gallons.

  • Enjoy HD radio in the Subaru Forester which is standard. This feature isn't available in the Nissan Rogue.

  • Both driver and front passenger will enjoy more shoulder room in the front seats of the Subaru Forester.

  • Rear seat passengers will enjoy more hip, head, leg and shoulder room in the Subaru Forester than in the Nissan Rogue.

  • According to Average Consumer Ratings on Edmunds.com, the Subaru Forester outscored the Nissan Rogue in the areas of Performance, Reliability, and Value.

  • You'll have your choice of several different colors when it comes to the exterior paint of the Subaru Forester. The Nissan Rogue comes in slight less paint shades.

Hopefully this comparison provided you with some insight into why the Subaru Forester is the better choice. Feel free to come in and visit us here at Joseph Subaru of Florence and try one out for yourself. Taking a test drive is the absolute best way to determine if a vehicle will fit your unique needs.

We're located conveniently here in Florence, KY, and would enjoy showing you around our dealership and answering any of your questions. Our auto loan and lease options are competitive and our team of finance gurus is always happy to answer any of your questions.

At Joseph Subaru of Florence, we invite you to stop in soon and check out the Subaru Forester as well as take it for a test drive. Nothing beats sliding behind the wheel of a vehicle to see if it really fits you. We believe you'll be so impressed with the Forester that you may not want to leave!

We're located conveniently in Florence, KY, and look forward to your visit.

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