Comparison Test: Five Compact Crossovers Battle For Supremacy

The newcomer 2014 Subaru Forester takes on the big-engine 2014 Mazda CX-5 and stalwart 2013 Honda CR-V, 2013 Ford Escape, and 2013 Toyota RAV4 in our latest comparison test.

By Jacob Brown | Photos By Jason Davis | May 29, 2013

Basic Specs

2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring
Price-as-tested: $32,220
2.5-liter 4-cylinder, Continuously variable automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 170-hp, 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined/Observed fuel economy: 27.9 mpg
Estimated Combined Range: 429.3 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Above Average
2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
Price-as-tested: $31,890
2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 184-hp, 24 mpg city/30 mpg hwy/26 mpg combined/Observed fuel economy: 26.3 mpg
Estimated Combined Range: 384.8 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Average
2013 Honda CR-V EX-L w/Navigation
Price-as-tested: $30,825
2.4-liter 4-cylinder, 5-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 185-hp, 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined/Observed fuel economy: 25.8 mpg
Estimated Combined Range: 382.5 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Above Average
2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE
Price-as-tested: $28,149
2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 176-hp, 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined/Observed fuel economy: 25.1 mpg
Estimated Combined Range: 397.5 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Above Average
2013 Ford Escape Titanium
Price-as-tested: $34,735
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 240-hp, 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/24 mpg combined/Observed fuel economy: 22.5 mpg
Estimated Combined Range: 362.4 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Below Average
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12 comments
kdom72@gmail.com
kdom72@gmail.com

CX5 all the way...  the only car here that has premium feel for low econo price.  Subaru looks old already and CVT plus soft suspension with rather isolating steering feel and mushy breaks can bearly beat CRV and Toyota...


Ranger Minney
Ranger Minney

The Ford Escape and Honda CR-V are good buys and nice looking, not sure about the Toyota, Mazda is sporty...but I can't even look at the Subaru it's just too fugly!

Michael Mabus
Michael Mabus

Subaru or Ford. They're the only ones who passed the new crash test

RichardJoash
RichardJoash

@Ranger Minney and you are a dumb poop-eating bumpkin because I am biased with Subaru