Subaru Crossover Research near Manchester, NH

How Do Subaru Forester, Outback and Crosstrek Fare Against New England's Mother Nature? Explore Your Crossover Options with Belknap Subaru

Coming standard with all-wheel drive and four-wheel anti-lock brakes to get through the thick of it, responsive independent front and rear suspensions to keep things stable for the duration, and Cruise Control for commanding the highway, each model shows its prowess. But what distinguishes each model in the Subaru line line from its siblings new and pre-owned here in the Tilton, NH and Concord areas?

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A go-getter 2.5L, 16-valve DOHC H4 engine presents in both Forester and Outback, each sharing a SEFI fuel injection design, making both models to surmount whatever the open road and the unbeaten path sends your way from Manchester to Plymouth and beyond.


174 pound-feet of torque propels 170 horsepower, so Forester promises an equally energetic drive when compared to Outback, which jockeys into a slight lead in horsepower, offering a sprightly 175 at the same torque. And with Subaru Forester fuel economy weighing in at up to 22 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway, the SUV takes to urban travel and highway cruising alike like a pro alongside Outback's step up to a competitive 25 city mpg and 32 highway mpg.


But if you're looking for an SUV to take you places out of Laconia and environs with improved efficiency and reduced emissions, Subaru Crosstrek builds in a 2.0L, 16-valve DOHC H4 engine with direct injection, putting out 152 horsepower with 145 pound-feet of torque to make possible estimated mileage of up to 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

When it comes to the ability to tack into the diverse terrain and inclement weather prevalent in New England, one couldn't travel better than behind the wheel of one of Subaru's flagship Forester, Outback or Crosstrek SUVs.

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Forester's standard 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive delivers hands-on control as well as a sportier feel, with a Lineartronic 6-speed continuously variable transmission available optionally, should you prefer a ride smooth and efficiently controlled. The auto comes standard in Outback, however, and it's designed manually interactive with overdrive to simulate the thrill of driving stick, flanked by Variable Assisted Steering for near-seamless operation. Subaru Crosstrek, by comparison, keeps the spirit of a manual transmission but adds the extra precision of Outback's Variable Assisted Steering to incorporate a little of the best of both worlds.

And though Forester proffers a more compact wheelbase, at 103.9 inches and comparable to Subaru Crosstrek's 104.9 inches, its 34.8-foot curb-to-curb turning circle has an edge on that of both Subaru Outback, at 36.1, and Crosstrek, at 35.4. That means better maneuverability for Forester in tight spaces. Subaru Outback takes the additional safety and reliable stability tack by comparison to its SUV siblings, offering both a long 108.1-inch wheelbase and NHTSA Front Driver and Front Passenger crash test ratings of five stars and four stars respectively, while Subaru Crosstrek adds a limited slip differential for the apex in traction optimization.

Plus, you can look forward in Forester to a sprawling 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume, taking a slight lead on Outback's 108.1, even with a comparably cavernous 34.4 cubic feet of cargo volume to the latter's 35.5. And Forester pulls ahead of the more space-efficient Crosstrek, which offers 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 20.8 cubic feet of storage capacity. And for aficionados of the trailerful for the trip, Forester supports a maximum towing capacity of up to 1500 pounds, shared with Crosstrek. Take the step up to Subaru Outback, and you can avail yourself of more than a few extra pieces of road swag, as the SUV accommodates loads of up to 2700 pounds in tow.

Navigating your options when it comes to a new Subaru SUV in Tilton can seem daunting. Not to worry. The friendly and professional team of Subaru experts here at Belknap Subaru is at your disposal. Feel free to peruse our inventory of Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek models, and should you have any questions, we're just a Web contact, phone call, or in-person visit away, here at 35 Tilton Road, Route 140. We look forward to helping you step into the driver's seat of the Subaru of your dreams!