The 2020 Subaru Forester Easily Surpasses the Competition

At Giles Subaru, we know our customers in the greater Lake Charles and New Iberia area have plenty of choices available to them when shopping for a new SUV that can seat five people. But with genuine Subaru quality and reliability in every model, we also know that there aren't many other crossovers or SUVs out there that can compete with the vehicles in our collection.

One of our favorite topnotch models right now is the 2020 Subaru Forester. Beloved by generations of drivers, the Forester was one of the first SUV / car crossover models to hit the streets decades ago, and it's been a go-to choice for Opelousas and Alexandria drivers ever since.

For 2020, the Forester is in its fifth generation, and it's a great option for drivers across Louisiana, whether you have a family or you're a single professional. If you're considering this year's Forester, and other crossovers from competing brand names are vying for your attention, we can help. We've got the inside scoop on all the reasons why you should consider the 2020 Forester before you look at any other vehicles.

Versus the Toyota RAV4

  • Fuel efficiency and range. The Forester will help you go further between stops at the gas station than the Toyota RAV4. For example, looking at the base gas-powered model for both vehicles, the Forester averages 432 miles in the city and 548 miles on the highway per fill-up, while the Toyota averages 392 miles in the city and 508 miles on the highway per tank of gas.
  • Interior space. You, and your passengers, will be more comfortable in our 2020 Subaru Forester than you would be in a Toyota RAV4. That's because the Subaru crossover averages two additional inches of legroom and headroom in the front and rear than the Toyota model.
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Once again, the Subaru Forester with its standard all-wheel drive, easily beats the competition in drivability. The Toyota RAV4 has all-wheel drive as well, but it's optional and only available on request, not as a standard amenity.
  • Ground clearance.Whether you live on a rural dirt road that's full of potholes, or you like to take your SUV off the beaten path for rugged adventures, the 2020 Forester is a better choice than the Toyota RAV4, thanks in large part to its superior ground clearance. The Forester measures 8.7 inches from the ground, while the RAV4 ground clearance is just 8.4 inches. This makes the Forester better able to handle rough terrain, but it doesn't make it so high that it's hard to climb into.

Versus the Honda CR-V

  • All-wheel drive. The Subaru Forester has always come with Subaru all-wheel drive standard, and the 2020 model is no different. Regardless of trim or options, the 2020 Forester delivers all-wheel drive, but the Honda-HR-V only has it available as an option you'll have to request.
  • Cargo space. Golf clubs or grocery bags, when you have a lot of stuff to carry as cargo, the 2020 Forester will be more useful than the Honda HR-V. The Forester cargo hold accommodates more than 35 cubic feet of gear, while the Honda HR-V holds just around 24 cubic feet.
  • Passenger comfort. In addition to the roomier cargo hold, the 2020 Forester also has a more spacious passenger cabin. In fact, it offers more headroom, elbow room, and legroom than the Honda, in both the front and the backseats.
  • Power. While both crossovers come solely with four-cylinder power under their hoods, the Subaru is more powerful and offers more get-up-and-go than the Honda. Every Forester has a 2.5-liter engine rated for 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, while the HR-V has a 1.8-liter engine worth 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque.

Test Drive Your Favorite Subaru Models in Lafayette

The best way to understand what sets the 2020 Forester apart from other crossovers is to test drive one for yourself. Stop by and visit us soon and let our sales team set you up behind the wheel of one of our impressive new models.