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Subaru is highly regarded for its legendary Subaru Outback model. It's undoubtedly the most popular model in Subaru's lineup, but the Subaru Forester cannot be overlooked. Read on to find out whether the Subaru wagon or the Forester crossover better suits your lifestyle. You may be surprised to learn of the similarities between the two models.
In terms of capacity, the Forester comes out ahead of the Outback as it is priced slightly better but is nearly equal when it comes to space. The Forester, while more compact than the Outback, boasts 34.4 cubic feet of cargo space with its normal seating configuration. That figure increases to 74.4 when the back seats are folded down. The Outback, which is six inches longer, comes in at 35.5 cubic feet with seats up and 73.3 with the seats down.
The Outback gets marginally better fuel economy at
25/33 city/hwy mpg to the Forester's 24/32 city/hwy mpg. The small gap results
in minimal impact on fuel costs.
Standard features like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes are available on both vehicles, making either a reliable choice regardless of the weather or terrain. The Outback and Forester are evenly matched when it comes to upgrades and available features as well. Both offer an extensive selection of Subaru parts and accessories to simplify daily life and amplify adventures.
Both sport the same 2.5L H4 engine and transmission.
In terms of awards, both vehicles claim a lengthy list. The Forester was Motor Trend's 2014 SUV of the year, rated superior by IIHS in front crash prevention and a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick +.
Meanwhile the Outback won the 2015 ALG Residual Value award, was named an IHS Leader in Fuel-Efficiency, and also a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick +. Both are well-rounded, reliable autos that will last for many years to come with routine service appointments.
The best way to make the decision between the Forester and Outback is to stop by Byers Subaru Dublin in Columbus, OH for a test drive. Our knowledgeable sales staff can fill you in on additional differentiators and help you find the perfect fit for you and your family.