2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Model Comparison Information in Redwood City, CA

March 27, 2019

The small SUV has quickly become one of the most popular segments on the new car market. It makes sense since these are the vehicles that offer more space for cargo and passengers alike while still getting impressive fuel economy. Among your many good options, the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester raises the standard for value, performance, safety, and more. Another popular model is brought to us by Chevrolet with their Equinox small SUV. Which one will be the best decision for your next new vehicle? Below, we preview some of the features that separate these popular SUVs in a variety of areas.

Once you have an idea of why the Subaru Forester is one of the brand's best-selling models at Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City, you'll find a huge selection of all the latest Subaru SUV models right here in San Mateo County.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevy Equinox: Interior Dimensions

It's no secret that one of the biggest perks of driving a small SUV is the extra space. The new 2019 Subaru Forester delivers in spades with up to 111.9 cubic feet where up to five passengers are sure to find comfort. Meanwhile, the small SUV from Chevy only manages to offer 103.2 cubic feet of passenger space, which is about what you'd expect to find in a midsize sedan. But what about cargo room?

Behind the rear seats of the Subaru Forester, you'll find up to 35.4 cubic feet for everything from musical instruments to sports equipment to the family dog. Behind the rear seats of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, you'll only get 29.9 cubic feet of space. Fold the rear seats down and the advantage of the Subaru Forester is even more noticeable with up to 76.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo space compared to just 63.5 cubic feet in the back of a Chevy Equinox.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevy Equinox: Technology

You'll find impressive technology in each of these small SUVs including a touchscreen infotainment system with Android™ Auto and Apple CarPlay™. In fact, the new 2019 Subaru Forester and Chevy Equinox even offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. However, there are a few differences like satellite radio being standard on the new Subaru Forester. You'll have to spend more for a higher trim level to get satellite radio in the Chevy Equinox.

If you are interested in a top-of-the-line model, the difference in value is even more pronounced. The premium Harman Kardon audio system in the Subaru Forester surrounds you in brilliant sound with nine speakers and offers tremendous volume and clarity with a 576-watt-equivalent amplifier. It's simply a better car audio system than the available seven-speaker premium audio system in the Chevy Equinox. Even then, it will cost even more as an available option on a model that already has a much higher MSRP than the top-of-the-line 2019 Subaru Forester.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevy Equinox: Performance

The difference in performance between these two small SUVs amounts to a lot, so we'll preview the some of the most important things here. Ultimately, a test drive in the new Subaru Forester will be the best way to understand its unique performance.

At the start of the lineup, the horizontally-opposed BOXER® engine in the all-new Subaru Forester holds a slight power advantage over the entry-level Chevrolet Equinox. But the small power and fuel economy advantage isn't what makes the performance of the new Subaru Forester stand out. You see, the flat design of the Subaru engine means a much lower center of gravity compared to the traditional vertical design of the Chevrolet engines. The result is far better level of handling and comfort in the Subaru Forester, which also has a significantly higher ground clearance than the base Chevy Equinox

Furthermore, every Subaru Forester comes standard with the legendary traction, safety, and capability that can only be found with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. When you have to react to surprises on California Bay Area roads, you'll be glad you chose the combination of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a Subaru BOXER® engine.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevy Equinox: Safety

A new small SUV is a great choice for growing families, but even if it's just to have more room in your daily driver, safety is an important part of choosing your next new vehicle. Subaru has been an industry leader in this area for generations, and the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester is a great example of why. It earned the elite 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick. That's a level of proven crash safety that the new Chevrolet Equinox simply can't compete with.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevy Equinox: Driver Assistance

It's been nearly a decade since Subaru introduced advanced camera-based technology that helps drivers keep an eye on their surroundings. Today, that EyeSight® system is standard in every new 2019 Subaru Forester and other new Subaru models. That means you'll be further protected with driver assist features like automatic pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, and even adaptive cruise control. While you can pay substantially more to get similar safety technology in the small SUV from Chevy, there are other available features on the Subaru Forester that you won't find on this competing model at all -- features like steering-responsive LED headlights, reverse automatic braking, and others.

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Why Get a New Subaru in Redwood City, CA?

Over recent years, Subaru has entered the mainstream in a big way while continuing to earn a wide range of industry awards. Year after year the ALG recognizes Subaru as the brand that holds its value over time better than any other. The experts at Kelley Blue Book have again determined that Subaru still has the lowest five-year Cost to Own of all brands for 2019, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index has rated Subaru #1 in Owner Satisfaction. These are just a preview of the many awards and accolades earned by Subaru vehicles, and we're proud to be among the elite dealerships that earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award.