With the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 being so well received, and rightfully so, it makes the Subaru Forester by far the most underrated SUV out there at the moment. When you compare all three, it’s easy to see why but the Forester is not to be underestimated either.

Aside from looks and ultimately first impressions, the Forester does fall short when compared to the grandeur of the CR-V and the emotional appearance of the CX-5 but the differences end there. Beyond that, whether it’s the drive, comfort, cabin quality or insulation or even off-road capabilities, the Forester is no doubt on par and in very specific aspects, more superior as well!

Take ride and handling, off-road capabilities and even cabin space, for example. Having spent multiple stints in the Forester, it’s safe to say that the USD1 billion dollar Subaru invested on the development of the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) has not gone to waste. Neither the CX-5 or CR-V drives the way the Forester does. It’s calm and unbelievably composed at high speeds and at low speeds, the chassis feels taut and highly communicative.

And then there is the matter of traction. Unlike the CX-5 and CR-V which are part time SUVs, sending power to the rear only when needed the Forester has equal power sent to all four wheels all time. The result, without discrediting both the Forester’s competitors, is unparalleled traction, nothing like you’ve ever felt. As for space, it’s best left to visual and you will no doubt find it impressive upon viewing the video.

Both the CX-5 and CR-V are undoubtedly great SUVs and sales figures have reflected so but it’s not to say that the Forester is without appeal, because it does. Here are my compelling points as to why the Forester, deserves to be under your consideration, at least, if you’re looking for an SUV with superior road holding abilities and cabin space.

The long duration spent in the Forester, along with its competitors have led me to believe that you’ve not experienced Subaru’s all-wheel drive system, you’ve not experienced all-wheel drive at all. Now, if only they had spent a small chunk of that USD1 billion on design.