New Subaru Forester Scores Best Over Mazda CX-5 And Nissan Rogue If You Like To Play In The Dirt
In the crowded Compact Crossover segment Consumer Guides gives the “Best Buy” award to the 2020 Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue, beating vehicles like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Jeep Cherokee. Which of the three winners is the best of the best?
All three vehicles are excellent choices, and it really comes down to what you need the Compact Crossover to do for you. If you are looking for the most nimble of the models, the Mazda CX-5 offers the sportiest handling with quick steering response and a classy interior. If you like to drive, the CX-5 will not disappoint especially if you regularly drive curvy roads. If you need lots of cargo space, the CX-5 does not rank with the best in the class.
2020 Mazda CX-5
The best urban commuter is the Nissan Rogue and the most practical for city dwellers. It’s got a big back seat and room for two car seats for the growing family. You can also put a stroller in the back for trips to the store and still have room for the grocery bags. Rogue offers respectable fuel economy, a refined interior, and passenger and cargo versatility that few compact SUVs can match. At sea level, the Rogue will have adequate power. If you climb hills you may want more power.
2020 Nissan Rogue
We think the Subaru Forester is the most versatile with its off-road-capability, excellent outward visibility, and safety is a plus for the Subaru brand with standard Eyesight suite of safety features. The 2020 Forester also comes with a new Rear Seat Reminder system, which alerts the driver to check the rear seat for children, pets or valuables before exiting the vehicle.
Why should I choose Forester over the CX-5 or Rouge?
The biggest difference between the Forester, CX-5 and Nissan Rogue is its ability to take you off the beaten path. X-Mode is an all-wheel-drive feature that allows you to navigate up or down a steep slope or rocky trail with little effort. It’s essentially a four-low setting for more extreme off-road excursions. The other two models do not come with a feature like this. If you like to get away from civilization and play in the dirt, Forester is your best choice.
2020 Subaru Forester with X-Mode
All three models offer all-wheel-drive for those who live in cold-weather climates, but the 2020 Subaru Forester has extra ground clearance (8.7-inches) for those who have more adventurous lifestyles.
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