The Subaru Forester and Toyota Highlander are two SUVs that can go anywhere. They're both built to be capable and efficient, as well as carry lots of cargo. So, which one has what you're looking for in your next SUV?

To help drivers in Ithaca decide, Maguire Subaru put them up against each other in this 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota Highlander comparison.

Safety Features

The Subaru Forester keeps you in control with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The drivetrain can even adapt to your current driving conditions using Vehicle Dynamics Control. Meanwhile, the interior is protected by an advanced airbag system and includes front seatbelt pretensioners and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

The Toyota Highlander also includes a dependable airbag system, LATCH, and pretensioners. However, while all-wheel drive is available, front-wheel drive comes standard.

Additionally, both SUVs include lots of safety features that can help prevent accidents. For example, the Subaru lets you check behind your SUV using a Rear-Vision Camera. It also gives you more awareness with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This system includes features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning

The Forester can even sense when you're tired or not paying attention. The DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System monitors how you're driving and reminds you to keep your eyes on the road.

The Toyota also comes with a rearview camera and some similar driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, it doesn't have anything that can tell when you're distracted like the DriverFocus™ feature.

Dimensions & Capability

Whether you're navigating a small parking garage or driving on narrow trails, it helps to have an SUV that's maneuverable.

The Subaru Forester is as agile as it is capable. It stands 68.1 inches high, 71.5 inches wide, and 182.1 inches long. This helps it pull off a tight turning circle of just 35.4 feet.

The vehicle's versatile design also gives it an 8.7-inch ground clearance. This lets you drive over trails and potholes, plus head up steep hills with a 22.9-degree approach angle.

The Toyota Highlander is a larger SUV that feels a little clunky. While it's also 68.1 inches tall, its cumbersome frame is 76 inches wide and 194.9 inches long. This limits its turning circle to 38.7 feet. It also sits lower to the ground. With an 8-inch ground clearance, its approach angle is only 18.1 degrees.

Fuel Economy

From long road trips to daily commutes, an SUV with great fuel economy makes everything easier.

The 2020 Forester can help you make fewer stops for gas. It runs on a 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine that gets up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG.

The 2020 Highlander can't drive as far in between stops at the pump. It's powered by a larger 3.5L V6 engine that's not nearly as efficient. It can only get up to an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG.

Test Drive a Versatile SUV

To learn more about this 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, visit Maguire Subaru and take a test drive.

The Subaru Forester offers a fun drive, peace of mind, and great fuel economy to drivers in Ithaca.

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