Compare Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback

Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback: Which New SUV is the Best Fit for You?

At Conley Subaru, it's our mission to help every driver around Lakewood Ranch, FL drive the new Subaru vehicle that's right for them. Whether you're shopping for a vehicle that fits the whole family, a comfortable commuter, or one that fits your active lifestyle, both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are great options. Both vehicles share many similarities, including legendary capability, state-of-the-art features, and more. However, it's their differences that make one model a better fit for some drivers around Sun City Center than the other.

To help you make an easier decision about whether the Outback or Forester is the better fit for your lifestyle and needs, we're going to compare the two, showing some of the similarities and differences that the two models share. You can explore all our new Outback and new Forester models online to learn more about your options and get a great deal on the model that's right for you today.


Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester models come equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, providing you with optimal traction and control wherever your adventures take you on or off the road around Palmetto, FL.

The Subaru Outback and Forester both come with the same base engine. It's a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine with 182-horsepower and 176 pounds-feet of torque. Both vehicles achieve similar fuel economy as well.

The Outback lineup offers an available 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 260-horsepower and 277 pounds-feet of torque. The Forester only has the one engine available.

Both vehicles have an available Wilderness model, featuring many of the same off-road enhanced features. The Outback Wilderness model has 9.5-inches of ground clearance and the Forester Wilderness model has 9.2-inches.


The Subaru Forester has more space for you and your passengers to stretch out and relax on your trips around Florida's Suncoast. The Subaru Forester offers 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, compared to 105.5 cubic feet of passenger volume in the Outback.

The Subaru Outback has more cargo space than the Subaru Forester does, letting you pack more gear on your next vacation or adventure. The Outback provides 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, while the Subaru Forester offers 28.9 cubic feet behind the second row. If you fold down the rear seats, the Outback delivers slightly more maximum cargo capacity, with 75.7 cubic feet, compared to 74.2 cubic feet in the Forester.

Technology Features

The Subaru Forester and Outback models all come equipped with the same Starlink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, letting you stay connected on the go. The Outback offers larger touchscreen displays though, with a standard 7-inch or available 11.6-inch touchscreen. The Forester offers a standard 6.5-inch or available 8-inch touchscreen.

Trim Levels

The Subaru Outback and Forester each have a multitude of trim levels available, with each one offering more features and accommodations as you climb the ladder. The difference in trim levels is that the Outback lineup offers two engines, with all Wilderness, Limited XT, and Touring XT models coming with a larger and stronger engine, while the Forester lineup has the same engine across all models.

Which New Subaru Model is Right for You?

The Subaru Outback or Forester models are both great vehicles with many accommodations for any driver and their lifestyle. If you want a stronger performance, choose a Subaru Outback model with the turbocharged engine. The best way to find out which vehicle is right for you is to visit us at Conley Subaru and explore all our new Subaru models in person. With so many new Subaru Forester models and Subaru Outback models available, we're sure that we can help you get a great deal on the one that's right for you today.

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