Compare 2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2017 Subaru Forester | Southfield MI

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Model Changes

If you are one of many drivers in Southfield Michigan who are actively searching for the right crossover SUV to purchase soon, you may have easily narrowed down your options to the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2017 Subaru Forester. These two popular vehicles are loaded with features, have an appealing style and share a similar price range. While it may seem like they are similar in every important way, there are a few subtle differences between the two options that may make one vehicle more advantageous for you to purchase than the other one. Remember that you can easily compare models in person during your test drive at Glassman Subaru serving Detroit Ferndale Troy Southfield.

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Important Exterior Differences

When you examine these two SUVs side-by-side, you will notice that the Crosstrek has a sleeker, more modern appearance thanks to its lower profile and more angular side windows. They both have the exact same ground clearance, but the Crosstrek is slightly shorter and wider. It also comes with 18 x 7-inch alloy wheels and privacy glass, which add to its overall athletic look. The other SUV is equipped with smaller 17 x 7-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. Both of these Subaru SUVs come practical features, such as a spare tire, wipers on the front and rear windows and a roof rack. Some of the exterior color options for both vehicles are different, and the Crosstrek is available in one additional color.

Southfield MI - 2018 Subaru Crosstrek's Exterior

What to Expect Inside These SUVs

You cannot fully compare models without examining the common interior features that both vehicles share as well as their differences. During your test drive, you will see that the Forester and Crosstrek both come with cruise control, power adjustable front seats, power steering for a tilt adjusting steering wheel, cruise and audio features on the steering wheel, climate control, power windows, heated mirrors, power door locks, vanity mirrors, USB ports, an aux connection and a great sound system. They also have a well-designed instrumentation panel that adds style to the interior. However, you will find that the 2017 SUV has numerous storage features that the 2018 Subaru does not have. The 2018 SUV, on the other hand, has transmission controls on the steering wheel, cargo floor mats, turn signals in the side mirrors, six speakers and satellite radio included for the first few months of ownership that add to your comfort on the road. There are slight variations in the dimensions of the cabins, but you will find that both of these five-passenger SUVs offer spacious seating for five passengers. Cloth material is standard in lower trim levels for both models, and leather is an upgrade option.

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The Driving Experience

The 2017 Subaru Forester offers a slightly improved driving experience in comparison to the Crosstrek. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, four flat engine with 170 horsepower along with 174 foot-pounds of torque. It has a turning circle of 34.8 feet. The Crosstrek, on the other hand, comes with a 2.0-liter, four flat engine with 152 horsepower and 145 foot-pounds of torque. Its turn radius is 35.4 feet. Both of these Subaru SUVs are equipped with traction and stability features, a four-wheel independent suspension, all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission. When you get behind the wheel of the 2017 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek at the Southfield area dealership, you will see that they both have exceptional power that will delight you, but the Forester has a slightly tighter turning circle and a slightly improved power rating.

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Notable Differences in Safety Capabilities

Staying as safe as possible while driving in Southfield Michigan and throughout the surrounding area is important. When you compare models in detail, you will see that the Crosstrek is a better overall choice when safety is a top priority. Both of these Subaru SUVs received the highest safety test results available for all five IIHS safety tests. They also share many common safety features that bring peace of mind to your driving experience. These shared features include front and side airbags, four-wheel anti-locking brakes, front ventilated disc brakes, child seat anchors, emergency braking assistance, daytime running lights, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilization, fog lights, tire pressure monitoring, adjustable headrests for the front and rear seating areas, a post-collision safety system, a rear center seat three-point harness and a remote theft deterrent system. Your comparison of these two vehicles will reveal that the Crosstrek has a few additional safety features that make it a better pick than the 2017 option in this important category. Specifically, the Crosstrek comes with a perimeter alarm shock sensor, LED headlamps, a blind spot accident avoidance system, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensor headlights and solid rear disc brakes.

Now that you have taken a closer look at the similarities and differences between the 2017 Forester and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, you can see that these SUVs are alike in many important ways. However, the improved interior features, safety features and overall exterior style of the Crosstrek may make it a more appealing option for many buyers. This is particularly true when you consider that both vehicles are roughly the same size and price. If you are ready to get behind the wheel of both of these vehicles and to pick out the trim level that you prefer, make plans to visit Glassman Subaru serving Detroit Ferndale Troy Southfield soon.

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