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2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Forester with bicycles on the roof rack

2020 Subaru Forester

Are you shopping around the Capitola for a spacious SUV for your growing family that's packed with the latest in safety technology and entertainment and technology features? If so, you will want to visit Santa Cruz Subaru to explore the popular 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2020 Subaru Forester. Both are excellent choices worthy of a spot in your garage. However, only one vehicle can end up there. Which will it be? Santa Cruz Subaru is comparing the Subaru Crosstrek vs. Forester to see which is the best option for your Monterey commutes. 

2020 Crosstrek vs. Forester: Configurations and Pricing

Many Scotts Valley car shoppers want options. With the variety of Crosstrek and Forester configurations, you won't have trouble finding the model with the features you want at a price point that won't break the bank. Let's take a look at the new Crosstrek and 2020 Forester trim levels and starting prices:

2020 Crosstrek Trims

  • Base: Starting at $22,145 MSRP
  • Premium: Starting at $23,195 MSRP
  • Limited: Starting at $27,395 MSRP
  • Hybrid: Starting at $35,145 MSRP

2020 Forester Trims

  • Base: Starting at $24,495 MSRP
  • Premium: Starting at $27,395 MSRP
  • Sport: Starting at $28,995 MSRP
  • Limited: Starting at $31,095 MSRP
  • Touring: Starting at $34,595 MSRP

2020 Crosstrek vs. Forester: Engine Performance

The Subaru Crosstrek's base trim comes equipped with a 2.0L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine that delivers 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, and it's paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

In comparison, the 2020 Subaru Forester base trim comes equipped with a stronger 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, and it's paired with a Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Both base trims can tow up to 1,500 pounds and have a strong fuel economy. The Crosstrek earns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg city/27 mpg highway, in comparison to the Forester's 33 mpg city/26 mpg fuel economy rating.

2020 Subaru Forester on a highway at sunset

2020 Crosstrek vs. Forester: Features

Subaru is known for packing their vehicles with state-of-the-art safety technology, convenience, comfort-focused, and interior features that make you excited to drive your Subaru around the Monterey and Scotts Valley areas. Below is a quick breakdown of the standard and available features that you can expect:

2020 Subaru Crosstrek:


2020 Subaru Forester:

  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • STARLINK™ Multimedia with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • LED headlights
  • 76.1 cubic feet of cargo volume

Drive the 2020 Forester and Crosstrek With Santa Cruz Subaru

In this 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. Forester comparison, it all comes down to preference. While the new Subaru Forester starting price is higher, it also features a stronger engine and slightly more standard features. If you don't want all of the bells and whistles, then the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is the perfect vehicle for you. Give us a call today with any questions or to apply for financing online. We look forward to helping you find the vehicle best suited for your driving needs and budget.