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2014 Subaru Crosstrek vs Impreza vs Forester


Now that the 2014 Crosstrek has been released, it gives you a basis of comparison between the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Impreza, and the 2014 Forester. While the Crosstrek was priced between the Impreza Sport and Forester, you need a closer look to compare the three models to see which one best meets your needs based on size, performance, and features. As you will see below, the answer is not always in the price.

For example, if you have back problems and need a power driver's seat with lumbar support, Forester Premium is the car for you. Live on a dirt road but need high fuel economy? Consider the Crosstrek. If you need a high mileage commuter car with all-wheel drive capability, look at the Impreza.

HOW THE 2014 IMPREZA, CROSSTREK AND FORESTER COMPARE*
     
2014 Impreza 2.0i Sport
2014 Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

2014 Forester 2.5i CVT

2014 Forester 2.5i Premium CVT
BASE MSRP PRICE
$20,795
$21,995
$22,995
$24,995
FEATURES  
All-Weather Package
Y
Y
N
Y
Fog Lights
Y
Y
OPT
OPT
Alloy-Wheels
Y
Y
Y
Y
Bluetooth
Y
Y
Y
Y
Roof Rack
Y
Y
OPT
Y
Heated Seats
Y
Y
N
Y
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
22.5
22.3
34.4
34.4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
97.5
97.5
108.3
103.3
Seating Capacity
5
5
5
5
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS       
Length (in.)
173.8
175.2
180.9
180.9
Wheelbase (in.)
104.1
103.7
103.9
103.9
Overall Height (in.)
57.9
63.6
66.4
68.2
Ground Clearance (in.)
5.9
8.7
8.7
8.7
Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
3021
3098

3346
3325
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE  
Engine Size (liters)
2.0L H4
2.0L H4
2.5L H4
2.5L H4
Horsepower
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
148 hp @ 6200 rpm
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
170 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque
145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
145 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
174 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
174 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
PZEV
Y
Y
Y
Y
MPG City/Hwy
25/36
23/36
24/32
24/32
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)
14.5
15.9
15.9
15.9
Range (hwy) Miles
522
524
456
456
Towing Capacity (lbs.)
NONE
1,500
1,500
1,500
* All Specs Subject to Change. For manual transmission, subtract $1,000 from each price. Not all features are available on the Limited Models.


Y = Standard Equipment        N = Not Available        OPT = Optional Equipment       Notable Differences
  
  
  
 
As you can see, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek and 2014 Subaru Impreza Sport are nearly identical except for the ground clearance (8.7" vs 5.9"). For many, that can be a game changer for people who travel on dirt roads, with disabilities, or tall drivers who don't like getting "down" into a car. Consider the Crosstrek as an Impreza Sport on "steroids". The added ground clearance and height on the Crosstrek results in 3mpg less economy on the highway. Subaru makes up for this with a slightly larger fuel tank, giving both the Impreza and Crosstrek about the same range.

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