Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

82.3 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Sportage’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Forester:

Sportage LX/S/EX

Sportage SX Turbo

Forester Base/Premium

Forester Sport/Limited/Touring

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Sportage stops much shorter than the Forester:



60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Forester (245/45R19 vs. 225/60R17).

The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forester Sport/Limited/Touring’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sportage SX Turbo has standard 19-inch wheels. The Forester’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Forester.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Forester Touring pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Forester Touring (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Forester’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).


The Sportage is 5.7 inches shorter than the Forester, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sportage’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


The Sportage’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Forester’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).


Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Forester doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Sportage’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Forester’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Forester doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Sportage is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Forester doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Forester because it costs $100 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Forester, including $110 less for a water pump, $11 less for front brake pads, $377 less for a starter, $303 less for fuel injection, $135 less for a fuel pump, $98 less for front struts and $97 less for a timing belt/chain.

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