Compare the 2019 Subaru Forester to the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and Find the Best Small SUV in Columbus, Ohio

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Chevy Equinox Small SUV Comparison in Columbus, OH

Newly redesigned for 2019, the Subaru Forester is a truly stunning small SUV. With lots of space, remarkable safety, and the go-anywhere spirit that Subaru is known for, it's more than a match for competitors like the 2019 Chevy Equinox.

At Byers Airport Subaru, we want you to have all the information you need to choose the small SUV that's just right for you. That's why we've put this page together as one of our many comparison pages. Once you've seen what the Subaru Forester can offer, come take one for a spin at Byers Airport Subaru.

The spacious front row of the 2019 Subaru Forester.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Interior

Though the Subaru Forester is technically a small SUV, it certainly doesn't feel like one. Its spacious interior has 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, giving you and your passengers room to spread out. In fact, it's one of the largest SUVs in the segment. This becomes obvious when you compare it to the 2019 Chevy Equinox, which has just 103.2 cubic feet of passenger space.

Packing some cargo for a trip? The 2019 Subaru Forester has more cargo capacity than the Chevy Equinox, as well--both when the rear seats are all in place and when they're folded down. Choosing Subaru means that you'll simply get more room.


A Harman Kardon speaker next to a bottle holder in a 2019 Subaru Forester.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Technology

The 2019 Subaru Forester has a level of technological refinement that simply isn't found in the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox. Satellite radio comes standard in the Subaru Forester, but you have to upgrade to get it in the Chevy Equinox. In addition, the Subaru Forester lets you upgrade to a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system; a seven-speaker system is the best you can get in the Chevy Equinox.


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A Subaru Forester drives down a forested path.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Performance

The Subaru Forester manages to be more powerful than the Chevy Equinox, while also getting better gas mileage. The flat SUBARU BOXER® engine in the Forester generates 182 horsepower, while also creating a smooth, balanced drive. The Chevy Equinox comes with a standard engine that generates 170 horsepower, while still getting fewer miles per gallon than the Subaru Forester.

The Forester also excels when it comes to off-road adventures, thanks to the standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. While you can get an AWD Chevy Equinox, it will cost you even more to upgrade.


A 2019 Subaru Forester drives down a snowy downtown street.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Safety

The standard AWD system does more than just make the Subaru Forester ready for handling dirt roads and little-known trails: it also makes it safer to drive. The extra traction from the AWD system means that you'll be better able to handle wet or snowy streets.

The dedication to safety Subaru has shown is hard to overstate, and industry experts have taken notice. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Subaru Forester its prestigious 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox received no awards at all from the IIHS.


A 2019 Subaru Forester driving quickly down a forested road.

Subaru Forester vs Chevy Equinox: Driver Assist Technology

Further proving its dedication to safety, Subaru has equipped every 2019 Forester with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which combines Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure & Sway Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Pre-collision Braking System. Similar features are available in the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, but you'll have to pay more to get them. What's more, they're completely unavailable in the entry-level model!

The 2019 Subaru Forester also has an available feature you won't find on any 2019 Chevy Equinox: LED Steering Responsive Headlights. These headlights make it easier for you to see at night when you turn corners, further increasing your peace of mind.

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Find Your Dream Vehicle at Byers Airport Subaru

You've already seen a little bit of what makes Subaru so great. With distinctive features like Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on most models and BOXER® engines in every vehicle, it's no wonder Subaru has become so popular. But this is just the beginning. Subaru is known for its legendary quality, and it shows: it has been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years in a row. What's more, 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade are still on the road today.

Once you've decided to get a new Subaru, head to Byers Airport Subaru. As part of the Byers Auto family of dealerships, we've been serving Columbus, Westerville, and beyond for more than 122 years. We are a dedicated part of the community, partnering with local charities and nonprofits like Capital Area Humane Society and Buckeye Ranch. As a part of the community, we care about all of its members. That means that we're dedicated to making sure that your Subaru experience with us is positive and productive. We have a great selection of regularly updated sale and lease incentives, and our friendly salespeople are glad to work with you to find exactly what you need.

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.

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