Compare the new 2019 Subaru Forester vs Chevrolet Equinox 3-row SUV models in Olympia, WA

June 6, 2019

The Subaru Forester was redesigned completely for 2019, making it an even more impressive all-wheel-drive-equipped small SUV than ever before. But it's not just better than the previous model year--it also handily beats competitors like the 2019 Chevy Equinox in just about every way. The Subaru Forester costs a little more, but it also provides much better value. To see just how much more, check out this handy comparison page. Then, browse our 2019 Subaru Forester inventory or head to Hanson Subaru to experience this SUV for yourself!

A side view of the rear seats in a 2019 Subaru Forester, showing its spacious dimensions.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Interior

Step inside the 2019 Subaru Forester and you might just think that "small" SUV is a misnomer. After all, it has 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Whether you're headed across town or across the country, you and your passengers will appreciate this extra room. The 2019 Chevy Equinox, by comparison, has just 103.2 cubic feet of passenger space. In real terms, this means that the Subaru Forester will give you more front and rear headroom and shoulder room, as well as more front legroom and nearly identical rear legroom.

In addition to having more room for passengers, the 2019 Subaru Forester also has more cargo space than the Chevy Equinox. Its 35.4 cubic feet let you fit all kinds of cargo; fold down the rear seats and you'll get up to 76.1 cubic feet. The 2019 Chevy Equinox has 29.9 cubic feet of standard cargo volume, which can expand to just 63.9 cubic feet.


The technologically advanced cabin of a 2019 Subaru Forester.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Tech & Features

Subaru continues to set the standard for technology and other impressive features. You'll get a free satellite radio trial in the Subaru Forester; you have to pay more for this service in the Chevy Equinox. In addition, the 2019 Subaru Forester comes with LED headlights, while the Chevy Equinox has these only as an available option.

In addition, the 2019 Subaru Forester has the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System. If it notices that you're driving in a way that indicates drowsiness or distraction, it will send an alert so that you can take the proper steps to fix it. The Chevy Equinox doesn't have anything like this.

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A 2019 Subaru Forester drives on a wet off-road trail while light streams through the trees.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Performance

The 2019 Forester is powered by a SUBARU BOXER® engine that generates 182 horsepower, which is more than you'll get in the standard engine of the 2019 Chevy Equinox. Despite its greater power and standard all-wheel drive (more on this soon!), the Subaru Forester still gets better gas mileage than the 2019 Chevy Equinox.

The standard all-wheel drive system in the 2019 Subaru Forester makes it great for exploring. The 2019 Chevy Equinox comes standard as a front-wheel drive vehicle, with AWD being an expensive upgrade.


The Subaru Forester stays safe in the snow with its standard AWD.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Safety

That standard all-wheel drive we mentioned earlier? It does more than just give the Subaru Forester its rugged off-road capability: it also makes it safer. You'll get extra traction on slick, wet streets with the AWD system.

Of course, when we say that the Subaru Forester is impressively safe, you don't have to take our word for it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent safety investigation group, gave the 2019 Subaru Forester its most prestigious safety award, the 2019 Top Safety Pick+! The 2019 Chevy Equinox, on the other hand, earned no IIHS awards at all.


A 2019 Subaru Forester with bicycles on its roof drives quickly and safely down the road.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Driver Assist Technology

Through its impressive EyeSight® suite of features, every 2019 Subaru Forester comes standard with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking, Lane Departure/Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. While many of these features can be found in the Chevy Equinox, there's a big difference: none of them are standard. You'll have to pay more to get them.

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Why Choose Subaru for Your Next Vehicle? Find Out at Hanson Subaru

You've already seen what makes the 2019 Subaru Forester special--but that shouldn't be a surprise, as the company itself is pretty amazing. Subaru has been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years running, as well as being #1 in owner satisfaction according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. And since 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade are on the road today, you'll be enjoying your Subaru for years to come!

Hanson Subaru is the place to go when you're choosing your new Subaru model. We have a huge selection of new Subaru vehicles for sale or lease, as well as regularly updated special offers to help you save even more. But that's just the beginning of what makes us special. We've been family owned and operated for over 35 years, and are working hard to help our community by partnering with groups like St. Martins University, Puget Sound Blood Center, and Meals on Wheels. You'll be treated with care and respect when you visit Hanson Subaru, conveniently located near Hawks Prairie and Tenino at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

2019 Subaru Forester2019 Chevrolet Equinox
$24,295Starting MSRP*$23,800
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
33 Highway/26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)32 Highway/26 City
182Horsepower170
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space103.2 Cubic Feet
35.4 Cubic FeetCargo Volume29.9 Cubic Feet
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume63.9 Cubic Feet
StandardLED HeadlampsAvailable Upgrade
StandardSatellite Radio Available Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.