Compare the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester: What's The Difference?

At Joseph Subaru of Florence, many people ask about the differences between the Outback and the Forester. They do look similar, but with a closer look you'll find an impressive compact SUV and a spectacular midsize SUV. The Outback is considered a midsize crossover as it is a bit longer than the Forester, and it has the traditional look and feel of a wagon. Whereas the Forester is a considered a compact crossover with a sportier look and a similar drive to a small sport utility vehicle.

The Outback is nearly eight-inches longer, and one-inch wider. The Forester is 5.5-inches taller. When comparing maximum cargo volume, the Outback has 75.7-cubic-feet while the Forester has just slightly less with 70.9-cubic-feet.

Both come loaded with the best safety and entertainment tech, including:

  • Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • Subaru DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System
  • All-Around Awareness
  • SUBARU STARLINK® Safety and Security
  • STARLINK Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration

Available: STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere kit with iPad® to play games, watch shows, and passengers can also use the built-in Wi-Fi capability to stream more entertainment.

  • Two Apple iPad® 32GB Wi-Fi models
  • Two Harman Kardon® Bluetooth Headphones
  • Two OtterBox® Defender Series iPad cases

New Subaru Outback

Enjoy an EPA estimated 30-miles-per-gallon on the highway and all-wheel-drive to better grip the road. Plus, an impressive 8.7- inches of ground clearance and X-MODE® for snow, rain or sand terrain, and the direct-injection turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® Engine makes the 2021 Outback nothing like a traditional wagon in terms or drive quality.

New Subaru Forester

With continuously variable-speed automatic, a 2.5-liter engine with 182-horsepower, 33-miles-per-gallon on the highway, all-wheel-drive, and X-MODE®, the engine is reliable. But the Forester gets you there in style too, thanks to its better insulation, less road noise, and upgraded tech.

Outback vs. Forester: Ride Quality

When it comes to ride quality, both the Forester and the Outback leave nothing left to be desired as each provides a smooth ride with great handling, but they do have slight differences, and the best one for you will depend on your personal preferences.

The Outback has a longer wheelbase with the distance between the axles coming in three-inches longer than the Forester. Lengthening the distance between the axles provides a smoother ride because the vehicle platform covers more square area and therefore bumps are less noticeable. Since the Forester has an SUV-style suspension, the axles are closer together and are designed for a more rugged vehicle.


Outback vs. Forester: Style

If you have older kids, the Outback may be a better fit as the backseat is larger. Or if you use a bike rack frequently, the Outback may also be right as cyclists tend to favorite it because they don't have to remove a bike tire to fit multiple bikes. Do you use your trunk space a lot, for dogs, music gear, or strollers? Then the Forester could be a better option for you because the rear door on the Forester is taller and wider.  Or maybe you have one or two small children riding in car seats? The Forester has a fold-down center armrest with cup holders placed at a child's arm height. Plus, there is a heavy-duty interior step inside the rear doors to allow kids to climb into the back seat with ease.


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