in 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,261 - $23,947
Original MSRP: $21,295 - $29,995
MPG: 21 City / 27 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Subaru Forester Review

Review Last Updated: 4/17/15

The 2013 Subaru Forester has standard all-wheel drive and reviewers liked its spacious back seat, but critics complained that its interior materials are low-rent for the class.

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The standard engine in the 2013 Forester is a four-cylinder, but a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also available. The base engine comes standard with a manual transmission, while an automatic is available with the base engine and standard with the turbocharged engine. The 2013 Subaru Forester is one of the few SUVs in the class to come standard with all-wheel drive. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the 2013 Forester gets 21/27 mpg city/highway, which isn’t especially good for the class. Test drivers thought the base engine has sufficient power in most cases, but many preferred the extra power from the turbocharged engine. A few also complained that the automatic transmission is out-of-date, as it has fewer gears than rivals' more modern transmissions, which contributes to the Forester’s subpar fuel economy. On the other hand, most reviewers were pleased with the Forester’s ride and handling, which they characterized as sporty, yet comfortable.

Most car reviewers agreed that the 2013 Subaru Forester has a spacious interior, with ample cargo space and roomy and front and rear seats. While test drivers liked the Forester's spaciousness, they noted that the interior materials don’t have the same quality feel as in other compact SUVs. Standard features in the 2013 Subaru Forester include Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port. Available features include a power moonroof, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation and a rearview camera.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Honda CR-V gets better fuel economy than the Forester, even when equipped with all-wheel drive. The CR-V has a bit more cargo space than the Forester and one of the best reliability ratings in the class.

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox has a roomy back seat and an interior that reviewers said it built with high-quality materials. Test drivers also liked the Equinox's comfortable and composed ride.

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