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Get a Subaru Outback Or Subaru Forester?

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You have decided to go with the Subaru model which is equipped with one of the best All Wheel Drive (AWD) system which can handle all sort of road conditions, but having a hard time choosing between Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback. These two vehicles might be designed by the same manufacturer yet there so different starting with ride quality, dimensions of the vehicle, ground clearance, cost, ride height, look, vehicle size as well as engine size, fuel economy, transmission, and other options. What this article will do is show you the difference between Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester and which one would be a perfect fit for your life needs.


“2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Subaru Outback: Head to Head.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report,


The most common question asked by many people looking for a vehicle is what is the difference between these two beautiful vehicles? The main difference between a Forester and Outback is their appearance, Subaru Outback not only looks like a wagon but feels like it as well. Subaru Outback is also are considered of the top sellers. On the other hand, Subaru Forester appears like a compact vehicle more like a wagon and is highly favorable by shorter drivers because its height makes it easier to see the road, Subaru Forester is the second best sellers for Subaru. Usually, Subaru Outbacks range $1,500 more than the Foresters, there more favored by drivers because of the smoother ride. Both of the vehicles are awarded the “Top Safety Pick Plus” for Highway Safety and also because they offer all-weather purpose vehicles do to their amazing All-Wheel Drive System (AWD).


What rides Smoother?

Since the forester is more of an SUV and the outback has a longer wheelbase (distance between axles) about 3 inches longer than Forester, the ride on the Subaru Outback is much smoother because the vehicle platform covers more Squarespace which spreads out the bumps across the vehicle making them less noticeable. Subaru Forester might not have a smoother ride than the Outback but compared to the other small sport-utilities Subaru Forester has one of the smoothest rides.


Size Comparison.

Subaru Forester

  • 5 ½ inches taller

  • 70.9 cubic feet

  • Larger rear trunk height 

  • 9 inch ground clearance

Subaru Outback

  • 8 inches longer than the Forester

  • 1 inch wider

  • 73.3 Cubic feet

  • More leg room in the back seat

  • 8.7 inches ground clearance



The Forester has Subaru Lineartronic CVT and has since the model year 2014, which the Outback has had since 2010. CVT is short for continuously variable transmission, meaning it has no gears. In very simple terms, it's a fantastically durable steel belt that moves along a cone. The fatter part of the cone for speed, the narrower part for power.”- Subaru.


Other info

Subaru Forester

  • 2.5I boxer engine with 182Hp

  • 26/33 Mpg

  • Tows up to 1,500 lbs

  • Might come with an eyesight

Subaru Forester

  • 2.5I or 3.6R boxer engine from 174hp to 256 Horsepower

  • 25/32 MPG

  • Tows up to 2,700

  • Might come with eye sight


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