2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.8

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

9.8

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Ample cargo space
116.4 ft3
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Average power
281 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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More passenger seats
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Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $9,020 cheaper (around 30% less), $21,220 vs $30,240
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The Traverse LS has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Performance - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Cost

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $30,240 vs $21,220 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The Forester 2.5X has great city mileage and the Traverse LS is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Traverse LS is 2.1x safer than the Forester 2.5X
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Traverse LS has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Performance

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Traverse LS is of average power, but the Forester 2.5X is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Traverse LS has more gears and the Forester 2.5X is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Traverse LS's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.6 lb/hp vs 19.1 lb/hp The Traverse LS has OK performance while the Forester 2.5X gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Forester 2.5X has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 34.4 ft The Forester 2.5X can make tight turns, and the Traverse LS is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats, but the Forester 2.5X has very few
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Cargo space 116.4 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room, but the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 The Traverse LS has roomy front seats and the Forester 2.5X is OK
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1230 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Forester 2.5X's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 4
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Traverse LS's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Forester 2.5X is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 134 ft The Forester 2.5X's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 17.0 s @ 82 mph The Traverse LS's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Forester 2.5X's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs 0.81 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Toyota Highlander Forester 2.5X vs Highlander
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ

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