2020 Jeep Wrangler Vs 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Subaru Forester

Subaru and Jeep approach the off-road SUV in different ways. The Subaru Forester looks smooth and rounded, while the Jeep Wrangler stays boxy and angular. Five to ten years ago the boxy look of the Wrangler was more in defiance of popular design trends, but Wrangler brand’s dedication to its own unique design looks more satisfying in recent years. Somehow, the Forester, although aerodynamic and curvy, now seems to blend in with the SUV crowd a little too much.

Looks are not everything, however. No matter how rugged the Wrangler looks, if it does not perform in rugged situations, it’s no better than any other SUV. The Subaru is an excellent benchmark to test the Wrangler against to make sure it deserves to carry on its legacy. The following comparison represents available features on the 2020 model year version of the Forester and Wrangler.

2020 Jeep Wrangler 


2020 Subaru Forester 

9 Trim Levels  5
3.6L V6  Engine 2.5L Inline 4-Cylinder 
Gasoline & Hybrid  Fuel Type  Gasoline
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic  Transmission Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic 

Battle for Off-Road Dominance

The Subaru Forester is not without its own off-roading advantages. A naturally high ground clearance and standard four-wheel drive give the Forester a better shot at trailblazing than most SUVs of its size. However, the Wrangler just has a lot more going for it. The Wrangler has enough torque in its V6 engine to make you forget about the Forester entirely. Additionally, the Wrangler has slightly wider wheels and an even higher ground clearance than the Forester. The 4x4 system in the Wrangler inherits a legacy 75 years in the making, including Tru-Lok® electronic locking differentials and an electronic front sway bar disconnect, resulting in a time and trail tested drive to get you traction where other systems can’t. The Wrangler can also be equipped with Rock-Trac® to unlock rock-crawling capability the Forester just can’t touch.

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