2019 Subaru Outback vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

2018 Subaru Outback

2019 Subaru Outback

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester


If you're shopping for a versatile vehicle that can handle the rough winter road conditions around Vail, the 2019 Subaru Outback and the 2019 Subaru Forester should both be at the top of your list. Both of these capable crossovers are equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-MODE®, which provides superior traction and control, and with the Subaru Eyesight® suite of advanced driver assist technologies. While they share a number of features, there are some differences between the two which you should take into consideration before deciding which is the best fit for your needs. Learn more in this Outback vs. Forester comparison from Glenwood Springs Subaru.

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Differences

The price of the Subaru Outback starts at $26,345, while the MSRP of the Forester starts at $24,295. Other differences between these two crossovers include:

  • Wheelbase - The Outback has a 108.1 inch wheelbase, while the Forester has a 105.1 inch wheelbase. This means that the ride quality will be a bit smoother behind the wheel of the Outback.
  • Interior Space - The interior volume of the Outback is 108.1 cubic feet, to the 111.9 cubic feet of the Forester.
  • Cargo Capacity - With all the seats in place, the Outback provides 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space, and the Forester offers 35.4 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded down you get 73.3 cubic feet in the Outback and 76.1 cubic feet in the Forester. The Outback also comes with standard roof rails, which are an available option on the Forester.
  • Engine - Under the hood of both these crossovers is a 2.5L H4 SUBARU BOXER® engine, but in the Outback it generates 175 hp, and in the Forester you'll get 182 hp. The Outback also offers a 256 hp 3.6L 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine which is not available with the Forester.
  • Fuel Economy - EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Outback is 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway. The Forester is rated at 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway. Note also that the Outback comes with an 18.5 gallon fuel tank, while the fuel tank in the Forester can only hold 16.6 gallons.
  • Towing Capacity - The Outback can tow up to 2,700 pounds, that's plenty of power to haul a boat out to Twin Lakes. The towing capacity of the Forester is 1,500 pounds, enough for Grand Junction area drivers to pull a small utility trailer or camper.

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Shared Features

In addition to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-MODE® and Subaru Eyesight®, the Outback and the Forester offer the following shared features:

  • SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto
  • Cruise Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-Theft Security System
  • 36-month/36,000-mile Basic Warranty
  • 60-month/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty

See the New Outback and Forester at Glenwood Springs Subaru

Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester have a lot to offer drivers in the Glenwood Springs area. See how the Outback compares to the Toyota Highlander, how the Subaru Forester compares to the Subaru Crosstrek, and find out how the Forester matches up against the competition, then contact us to schedule a test drive or find out more about the Subaru Outback maintenance schedule. If you'd like to add some custom features to personalize your ride, you'll find that we carry a great selection of Outback accessories in our Parts Center. Explore our inventory of Outback and Forester models to find the Subaru crossover that best suits your lifestyle today!

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