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Subaru Forester vs. Volvo XC40

When comparing the Subaru Forester to the Volvo XC40, the Subaru Forester has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. The Volvo XC40 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Forester versus the Volvo XC40, the Subaru Forester is a better car than the Volvo XC40.

Subaru Forester versus Volvo XC40 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Subaru Forester ranges from $26,279 to $37,409 while a used Volvo XC40 from the same model year range is priced between $33,964 to $45,065. For a new model, the Subaru Forester's price is between $27,341 and $37,623, with the Volvo XC40 priced between $39,936 and $49,540.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru Forester’s base engine makes 182 horsepower, and the Volvo XC40 base engine makes 194 horsepower. The Forester is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 548 miles. The XC40 is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 454 miles. The Forester uses regular unleaded, and the XC40 uses premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Subaru Forester, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Subaru Forester has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Volvo XC40.

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2022 Subaru Forester

2023 Volvo XC40

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$27,341 - $37,623

Used Asking Price:

$26,279 - $37,409

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,936 - $49,540

Used Asking Price:

$33,964 - $45,065

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 61
4 / 61
4 / 24
4 / 24
8 / 24
11 / 61
16 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

Summary Review

The Subaru Forester is a five-seat, compact SUV that foregoes the station wagon styling of other Subaru models for a more utilitarian, square-bodied design. The Forester has earned a reputation as a reliable and capable all-weather SUV with a spacious cabin and versatile cargo space. New models of the Forester cost an average of $32,632 and 3-year-old models average $23,752.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Better-than-average ground clearance and off-road capability
  • Large cargo area

  • Engine power could be stronger
  • Low tow rating may not match many buyers’ lifestyles
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT) not to everyone’s liking

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric, Gasoline

Trim Levels

Touring, Sport, Wilderness, Base, Limited, Premium

Trim Levels

B4 Ultimate Dark Theme, B4 Plus Bright Theme, B5 Plus Dark Theme, B5 Ultimate Bright Theme, B4 Plus Dark Theme, B4 Ultimate Bright Theme, B5 Core, B4 Core, B5 Ultimate Dark Theme, B5 Plus Bright Theme

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

194 hp @ 4800 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 33 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

432 / 548 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 32 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

341 / 454 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.2 inches

Cargo Space:

28.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

140.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.7 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Cargo Space:

20.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

57.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

118.7 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3454 lbs

Width:

80.9 inches

Height:

67.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

105.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3726 lbs

Width:

80.1 inches

Height:

65.2 inches

Length:

174.8 inches

Wheelbase:

106.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/60R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

235/55R18