2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

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Safety

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Both the Stelvio and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Stelvio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Forester’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Forester has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Forester’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 98 more horsepower (280 vs. 182) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 176) than the Forester’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Subaru Forester:

Stelvio

Forester

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

9.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

15.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

82.3 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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

Stelvio

Forester Base/Premium

Forester Sport/Limited/Touring

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Forester are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops shorter than the Forester:

Stelvio

Forester

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio has larger standard tires than the Forester (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17). The Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Forester (255/45R20 vs. 225/60R17).

The Stelvio’s optional 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 Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Forester. The Stelvio’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Forester Sport/Limited/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Forester’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Forester (110.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Stelvio is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Forester.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Forester’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Forester Touring pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Forester Touring (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the Forester Touring:

Stelvio

Forester

Full-Throttle

72 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

76 dB

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stelvio’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, 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.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Forester’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Stelvio uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Forester uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Stelvio and the Forester have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stelvio is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Forester prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Forester’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio 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 Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Forester’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Forester doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Forester Premium/Sport/Limited/Touring.

The Stelvio has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Forester Limited/Touring.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Forester doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Stelvio offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Forester doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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

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