Because Subaru makes so many fantastic vehicles, picking just one can be a big challenge. Here we take a look at the Subaru Outback and how it compares to the Subaru Forester.


The base Subaru Outback comes with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that offers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard, as is all-wheel drive. The Subaru Forester offers the exact same powertrain and drivetrain.


Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester have big cabins that fit up to five people. Manually adjustable front seats and cloth upholstery are standard, and upgrades include power-adjustable front seats, synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, and heated rear seats.

Cargo Space

The Subaru Outback offers tons of cargo space: 32.6 cubic feet behind the back row and 75.6 cubic feet when it’s down. The Subaru Forester also impresses in this area: 28.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.2 cubic feet when they are folded.


The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester both come with many standard tech features, including:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth®
  • Satellite Radio
  • 2 USB ports
  • Four-speaker stereo
  • Remote keyless entry

You can add navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and two extra USB ports to both.


You’ll get many safety systems in both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear-seat alert

Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic emergency braking are available as well.

As you can see, there are a lot of similarities between the Subaru Outback and the Subaru Forester—the main difference is that the Subaru Forester offers a slightly smaller size. To figure out which Subaru model is right for you, come down to Heritage Subaru Owings Mills. You can check out both models and take them for a test drive today.

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