Comparison - Subaru Forester Premium 2017 - vs - Mazda CX-8 XD L Package 2018

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Model: 
Average Price: 
26,437
Updated: 
02 Dec 2016
37,260
Converted from Japanese Yen
Updated: 
30 Sep 2017
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
Four Wheel Drive
Year: 
2017
2018
Total Seating: 
5
7
Transmission: 
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
6-speed Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
no
Navigation: 
no
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.90gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Crystal Black Silica
#3D393A
Crystal White Pearl
#E7E7E7
Dark Gray Metallic
#333333
Ice Silver Metallic
#686672
Jasmine Green Metallic
#777581
Quartz Blue Pearl
#365890
Venetian Red Pearl
#882A3A

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2017 Subaru Forester ranks 8 out of 18 Compact SUVs. The 2017 Subaru Forester offers one of the lowest starting prices in the class, a competitive list of features, and the rarity of standard all-wheel drive. These make it a triple threat in the highly competitive compact SUV class.

Pros
Highest cargo capacity in the class
Roomy back seats
Standard all-wheel drive
Lots of available safety features

Cons
Bland interior styling
Below-average fuel economy

By: 
usnews.com

One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
The Subaru Forester is a compact utility vehicle with wagon-like practicality and standard all-wheel drive. It has the capabilities of a crossover, the ride and handling of a car, and plenty of all-weather security and even off-road capability.

Pros
Good ride, enjoyable driving
Top-notch safety scores, systems
Spacious cabin with super visibility
Among the best CVTs around
Turbo adds speedy performance

Cons
Shift paddles only on turbo
No manual offered with turbo
Priciest models not all that premium

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2017 Forester receives numerous updates, starting with wider feature availability, additional noise insulation and quicker steering response. The enhanced EyeSight safety system now has lane departure intervention and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Automatic high-beam headlight control is newly available, as are adaptive LED headlights and reverse automatic braking. Styling revisions include new headlights and taillights, plus a freshened grille and front end.

Pros
Airy interior with plenty of room for adults in both seating rows
Impressive fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive crossover
Optional turbocharged engine provides spirited acceleration
Above-average off-road ability

Cons
CVT may seem less responsive and refined than a traditional automatic
Doesn't feel as sporty around turns as some rivals
Cabin design and materials aren't especially noteworthy
Maximum tow rating isn't particularly robust

By: 
edmunds.com

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Pros
Excellent fuel efficiency
Stacks of standard features, especially in top-specification Asaki model
Plenty of room inside for a growing family

Cons
Diesel engine can run out of breath when overtaking
Quality of 360-degree camera is very poor
Three year warranty with no roadside assistance starting to fall behind the pack

By: 
caradvice.com.au

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Diesel
Fuel Economy City USA: 
26.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
32.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Diesel

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
Cylinders: 
4
Flat
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.50L
2.20L
Torque: 
174ft-lbs
at 4 100rpm
331ft-lbs
Horsepower: 
170hp
at 5 800rpm
187hp
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
34.80Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
no
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
yes
Side view Camera: 
no
yes
On steering wheel: 
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
180.90in
192.90in
Width: 
70.70in
72.40in
Height: 
68.20in
68.10in
Ground Clearance: 
8.70in
Wheel Base: 
103.90in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
40.00
Rear Head Room: 
37.50
Front Leg Room: 
43.00in
Rear leg room: 
38.00in
Front Hip Room: 
53.90in
Front Shoulder Room: 
57.00in
Rear Hip Room: 
53.00in
Rear Shoulder room: 
56.50in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
68.50cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
1500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
31.50cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
23.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
25.00degrees

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
no
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Heated mirrors
2 one-touch power windows
power steering

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
8 -way power driver seat
Cloth
Height adjustable passenger seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Bucket front seats
Rear Seats Features: 
Reclining rear seats
Folding center armrest
Split-folding rear seatback
Split-folding rear seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear stabilizer bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
no
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
no
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
6 total speakers
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
USB connection

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Intermittent rear wiper
Variable intermittent wipers
Roof rack
Power glass sunroof
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
17 x 7.0
Wheels more: 
Inside mounted spare tire
Temporary spare tire
Null spare wheel
All season tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
ventilated disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
rear ventilated disc brakes
solid disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
no
no
Auto delay off headlamps: 
no
no
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Security System Shock Sensor
Rear center 3-point belt
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Post-collision safety system
Remote anti-theft alarm system

Options

Packages: 
Rugged Package #1
All-Weather Package + EyeSight + Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Power Rear Gate
Popular Package #1A
Protection Package #1
Standard Model - 2.5i Premium CVT
All-Weather Package
All-Weather Package + EyeSight + Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Popular Package #2A
Exterior Options: 
Wheel Lock Kit (Alloy Wheels)
Body Side Molding Kit Ice Silver Metallic
Wheel Arch Moldings
Exhaust Tip
Body Side Molding Kit Dark Gray Metallic
Fog Lamp Kit - Gray Interior
Door Edge Guard Crystal Black Silica
Door Edge Guard Ice Silver Metallic
Door Edge Guard Crystal White Pearl
Door Edge Guard Jasmine Green
Splash Guards
Rear Bumper Cover
Door Edge Guard Quartz Blue Pearl
Door Edge Guard Venetian Red Pearl
Front Bumper Underguard
Cross Bar Set - Aero
Sport Grille
Trailer Hitch
Body Side Molding Kit Jasmine Green
Door Edge Guard Dark Gray Metallic
Rear Bumper Underguard
Body Side Molding Kit Venetian Red
Body Side Molding Kit Crystal Black Silica
Body Side Molding Kit Quartz Blue Pearl
Fog Lamp Kit - Black Interior
Body Side Molding Kit Crystal White Pearl
Interior Options: 
Cargo Tray
Compartment Separator
Cargo Net Rear Seat Back
Sunshade
Cargo Cover (Power Rear Gate)
Cargo Net Side
Interior & Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/ Homelink & Approach Lighting
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass
Exterior Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting
Cargo Net Rear
Tweeter Kit
Rear Seat Back Protector
110 Power Outlet Kit
All-Weather Floor Mats
STI Leather Shift Knob CVT
Cargo Cover (Manual Rear Gate)
Footwell Illumination Kit - Blue
Kicker Audio Upgrade Package
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass and Homelink
Exterior Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting & Blind Spot Detection
Speaker Kit
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass and Homelink for Eyesight Models
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass for Eyesight Models
Interior & Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/Approach Lighting

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black, cloth
#343436
Gray, cloth
#A9A6A3