Great all-around crossover for buyers.Subaru is never one to knock people’s socks off with design and tech. What it is known for is selling great all-around crossovers at strong prices. The 2022 Subaru Forester is no exception to this trend.

With great ground clearance, a legendary standard all-wheel-drive system, a great suite of standard features, and more, the 2022 Forester seems like a great pick for any family. Find out how it stacks up against the competition below.

Great value, but standard touchscreen needs work. The base 2022 Subaru Forester rings in at just $26,320 (destination fees included), but it comes with a slew of standard goodies. These include all-wheel drive, automatic climate control, 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, and a split-folding rear seat, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.

For reference, the Ford Escape rings in at $26,800 and only comes standard with a 4.2-inch non-touch display screen, not smartphone integration, and front-wheel drive. The Honda CR-V starts at $26,975 and includes a five-inch non-touchscreen display and front-wheel drive. And this trend continues, showing just how great a value the 2022 Forester is.

While that 6.5-inch touchscreen is nice, it is small compared to other standard touchscreens. Plus, to move into the more competitive eight-inch touchscreen, you must jump into the $36,420 Touring trim.

Unique capability but limited on power. The 2022 Subaru Forester has impressive capabilities, with its 8.7 inches of ground clearance (extra half-inch in the Wilderness model), time-tested AWD system, and off-road-ready suspension combined with its exceptional on-road manners.

But all this capability is backed by an underwhelming 182-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. While only the Ford Bronco Sport can beat the Forester in capability, many competitors offer far more power, including the 190-hp CR-V, 250-hp Escape, and 203-hp Toyota RAV4.

Outstanding Wilderness model, but its proportions are odd. The 2022 Subaru Forester added a new, more-rugged Wilderness model. This includes an extra half-inch of ground clearance, revised shocks and springs, all-terrain tires, a wider-ratio CVT, washable seatbacks, and more. It is a legit off-roader that also feels at home in an IKEA parking lot.

However, with its higher ride height come some proportion issues. There is a massive gap between the top of the tires and the bottom of the wheel well, making it look like it’s walking on stilts. Not a good look.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Forester is never going to offer that wow factor some other vehicles do. However, as a complete package, it is about as good as a crossover can get for the money. It’s got great off-road capability, good on-road manners, plus it’s a great value.

The Forester lacks power, so buyers who put this high on their list may prefer the optional 250-hp four-cylinder Ford Escape. Buyers who find the Forester lacks in off-road prowess may find the Ford Bronco Sport a better option.

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