Compact SUV Comparison in Columbus: 2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain

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2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain Comparison in Columbus, OH

Smaller, compact SUVs are becoming more popular with today's drivers, thanks to benefits such as roomy, expandable storage room for items from luggage and shopping bags to camping gear or sporting equipment. Compact or crossover SUVs such as the 2022 Subaru Forester also offer better gas mileage, car-like handling, extra passenger space, and a better view of the road since you're sitting up higher. With advantages such as these, it's no wonder there are more and more models to choose from every year. We understand how frustrating and laborious researching every model can be so we're taking the burden from your shoulders with our useful head-to-head comparison pages. Below you'll see just how the 2022 Forester stacks up against one of its main rivals, the 2022 GMC Terrain. The best way to see if a vehicle is right for you is seeing it in person so we invite you to stop by Byers Airport Subaru when you've finished reading and talk to any of our helpful Subaru experts. We can't wait to see you!

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2022 Blue Forester Wilderness with 9.2-inches of ground clearance

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain: Design & Exterior Features

With one look, you can tell the 2022 Subaru Forester and GMC Terrain were made for adventure. The Terrain offers standard 18" wheels while the Forester has standard 17" wheels with the option to upgrade to 18". The Terrain has a ground clearance of 7.9" but the Forester boasts an 8.7" ground clearance for extra off-road capability. If you're looking for even more, the Forester Wilderness model offers a ground clearance of 9.2" and all-terrain tires so you can explore all of the out-of-the-way areas you've always dreamed about. The GMC comes standard with heated side mirrors while they're an available feature on the Forester but that's where the advantages for the Terrain end. The Forester offers standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights, available LED fog lights, and an available roof spoiler, features you won't find on the Terrain. Both SUVs offer available roof rails for extra cargo space but only the Forester Wilderness trim has rails that can hold a capacity of up to 800lbs.


Subaru Forester cargo area with back seat split shown

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain: Comfort & Technology

The 2022 Forester is the clear winner when it comes to interior space: you'll find more head and legroom inside the Forester compared to the 2022 Terrain as well as 111.6 cubic feet of passenger space compared to the 103.2 cubic feet of the Terrain. When you lay the rear seat flat, the Forester opens up to offer a vast 74.3 cubic feet of room while you'll only find 63.3 cubic feet of space behind the front seat of the Terrain. Heated front seats are standard on the Terrain and on all models of the Forester above the base. Both SUVs offer available heated rear outboard seats and leather-trimmed upholstery. Exclusive to the Forester are convenient one-touch folding rear seatbacks for easy access to the cargo area and StarTex® water repellent upholstery is standard fare on the Forester Wilderness model.

Both the 2022 Forester and the 2022 Terrain offer standard multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability for easy access to all your favorite apps including music and maps. Higher trim levels of both SUVs offer navigation but only the Forester offers you hands-free texting for a convenient and safer way to stay connected while your eyes stay on the road ahead.

Blue Forester traveling on forest dirt road

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain: Performance

Compact SUVs are known for having increased performance and the 2022 Forester and 2022 Terrain are perfect examples. A 2.5L BOXER® engine is standard under the hood of the Forester. The horizontally opposed drivetrain generates a powerful 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque while mated to a Lineartronic® CVT automatic transmission. Higher trim levels, including the Forester Wilderness, offer either a 7- or 8-speed manual mode for when you want to feel the power at your fingertips. The 2022 Terrain offers a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb/ft of torque while paired to a 9-speed automatic. The Terrain doesn't offer a manual mode. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard fare on the Forester while it's optional on the Terrain, costing you more if that's a must-have feature. You'll get an amazing 33 MPG on the highway with the Forester while the Terrain only offers up to 25 highway MPG.


Close up of LED Daytime Running Lights

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain: Safety

Both the 2022 Forester and the 2022 Terrain were awarded an overall safety rating of five stars from the NHTSA but only the 2022 Forester was named a Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor given by the IIHS. The EyeSight® collection of driver assist technology is standard on the Forester and includes exclusive features such as Pre-Collision Braking System, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and Sway Warning. The Terrain and the Forester both offer standard Lane Departure Warning, available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. Only the Forester offers extra safety features such as the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System and Reverse Automatic Braking.

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 GMC Terrain: Overall Value

With a starting MSRP of only $25,895, the 2022 Subaru Forester gives you impressive versatility, reliability, and rugged durability. The 2022 GMC Terrain has a starting MSRP of $27,900 and doesn't offer standard all-wheel drive. In fact, if you choose the AWD option on the Terrain, you add $1,600 to your price tag. The Forester is the ideal combination of comfort, performance, and safety for one low price. To see the Forester in person, stop by Byers Airport Subaru today or contact us to schedule your test drive.

Feature 2022 Subaru Forester 2022 GMC Terrain
Starting MSRP* $25,895 $27,900
Standard Horsepower 182 170
Fuel Economy (MPG) 33 Highway / 26 City 30 Highway / 20 City
All-Wheel Drive Standard Available
Towing Capacity (Standard Engine) 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Passenger Volume 111.6 Cubic Feet 103.2 Cubic Feet
Max Cargo Volume 74.2 Cubic Feet 63.3 Cubic Feet
IIHS Awards Top Safety Pick+ None
Adaptive Cruise Control Standard Available
Audio Upgrade Harman Kardon® 9-Speaker Premium Audio System Bose® 7-Speaker Premium Audio System

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.

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