New 2018 Subaru Forester in Keene NH

2018 Subaru Forester for Sale in Keene, NH

For those Keene, NH families out there who can't seem to shake adventure, the always-ready 2018 Subaru Forester offers cargo space, passenger space, plenty of baked-in capability, and the kind of safety features that will make dad sigh with relief.

If you're looking for a reliable and handsome family SUV here in the tri-state area, don't bother crisscrossing state lines just to compare the 2018 Forester to the competition-drivers from Brattleboro, VT or Winchendon, MA can take advantage of our legwork and knock out their bulk of research right here online. We're going to cover some of the highlights from the 2018 Subaru Forester, touching on its most noteworthy features-from performance to safety to comfort to convenience-and after that, we'll get busy comparing the 2018 Subaru Forester to the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

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Design Highlights & Onboard Technology

The 2018 Subaru Forester retains some of its spartan look inside, but for those who seek a premium interior, there are plenty of options to get you there. The top-level trim comes complete with 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic power-operated moonroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, raised roof rails, leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with a navigation system and a Harman Kardon® premium sound system. The interior layout is intuitive for drivers and spacious for passengers-exactly what a family SUV should be.

2018 Subaru Forester Trim Levels

The 2018 Subaru Forester lineup offers six distinct trims:

  • 2018 Forester 2.5i
  • 2018 Forester 2.5i Premium
  • 2018 Forester 2.5i Limited
  • 2018 Forester 2.5i Touring
  • 2018 Forester 2.0XT Premium
  • 2018 Forester 2.0XT Touring

Subaru Forester Comparison

While the 2018 Subaru Forester certainly looks good in photos, on paper, and in person, one place it really shines is in comparison to other midsize SUVs. We’re taken the time to compare the 2018 Subaru Forester to the 2018 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Toyota RAV4—two of the Forester’s biggest rivals—so drivers here in Keene and all the way across state lines in Brattleboro, VT or Winchendon, MA can see just how well the 2018 Forester holds its own in this always-crowded segment.

Subaru Forester vs. Honda CR-V

  • Price: Starting out, it’s worth noting that the base MSRP for the 2018 Subaru Forester is over $1K under the base MSRP for the 2018 Honda CR-V, with the former beginning at $22,795 while the latter starts at $24,150. Not only is this a meaty price difference, the 2018 Subaru Forester offers standard all-wheel drive (AWD), a feature that is available on the 2018 Honda CR-V, but you’ll have to pay extra for.
  • Power: While the 2018 Honda CR-V has a slight power advantage when it comes to standard engines (184-horsepower engine standard on the 2018 CR-V; 170-horsepower engine standard on the 2018 Forester), the 2018 Subaru Forester has quite the power advantage when it gets to upper-trim powertrains. The available 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine found on the 2.0XT trims offers up 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; compare those specs to the 2018 Honda CR-V’s available 1.5-liter inline-four rated at 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque and we think the choice is clear.
  • All-Wheel Drive: As we briefly mentioned, the 2018 Subaru Forester has standard Subaru AWD, while the 2018 Honda CR-V makes that an option. Around here, the extra traction can make a world of difference, but so can that difference in price—good thing the 2018 Forester gives you the best end of both.

Subaru Forester vs. Toyota RAV4

  • Price: Again, the 2018 Subaru Forester is the less expensive starting MSRP, beginning with a base price of $22,795, while the 2018 Toyota RAV4 starts off at $24,510. Once you reach the top trims, however, things become rather comparable. The 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring has a base MSRP of $36,090, while the 2018 Toyota RAV4’s top trim, the 2018 Tota RAV4 Platinum AWD, weighs in a tad higher, at $36,250.
  • Capability: Not only is the 2018 Forester less expensive from the base trim, it also gives you AWD from the base trim; in the Forester lineup, AWD is always standard. The 2018 Toyota RAV4, however, thinks you should pay extra for that feature.
  • Headroom: In the 2018 Subaru Forester, you can sit tall without hitting your head or obstructing your view, and your tall passengers will thank you as well. That’s because the 2018 Subaru Forester has more front and rear headroom than the 2018 Toyota RAV4 (41.4 inches front, 39.8 inches rear in the 2018 Subaru Forester and 39.8 inches front, 38.9 inches rear in the 2018 Toyota RAV4).