Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback

Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback: Which Legendary Subaru SUV is Right for You?

When looking for the right crossover SUV for South Portland area drivers, you can do no wrong when choosing either the Subaru Outback or Subaru Forester. The two vehicles are legends in their respective classes thanks to their level of versatility, accommodations, and capability. Both vehicles are built to fit the needs of Scarborough area drivers, offering standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, high ground clearances, and many cutting-edge features. However, one vehicle is going to be a better fit for some than the other, and we're here to help you identify which vehicle is right for you.

Take a look below to see the differences between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester lineups to see which vehicle offers the things you want most and which one can best fit your driving needs around Windham today.


  • Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester offer tremendous capability, allowing you to go off-road and traverse through the toughest weather offered around Westbrook thanks to standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and 8.7-inches of ground clearance.
  • The Outback and Forester both come with the same standard engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 182-horsepower and 176 pounds-feet of torque. Both vehicles also achieve the same estimated fuel economy with those engines equipped.
  • If you want more strength and agility, the Outback lineup offers an available 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 260-horsepower and 277 pounds-feet of torque, which will limit fuel economy slightly, but not by much.


  • The Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback are from different classes, leading to a price difference right off the bat. With such similarities, if you're shopping for the more affordable option, the Subaru Forester is it. The Forester starts at slightly over $25,000 while the Outback starts at slightly over $27,000.


  • If you're shopping for the crossover SUV that can tow your larger trailer, the Subaru Outback is a great option. The Subaru Forester offers 1,500 pounds of towing capacity, which is enough for the smaller boats or campers. The Subaru Outback models offer up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, allowing you to tow the larger hauls.

Wilderness Models

Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester models come with a Wilderness trim level. The Subaru Outback Wilderness and Forester Wilderness models are enhanced for off-road travel and exploration, allowing you to take on any terrain around Saco with the utmost traction, control, and ease. The two Wilderness models are similar in almost every feature to each other.


  • All Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester models come equipped with a Starlink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, allowing you to connect your smartphone using Bluetooth or a USB cord and enjoy hands-free control of your favorite features while on the go around Portland. The difference is the Subaru Forester lineup comes with either a standard 6.5-inch or available 8-inch touchscreen display. The Subaru Outback comes with either a standard 7-inch or available 11.6-inch touchscreen  display.
  • Both the Subaru Outback and Forester come equipped with a standard Eyesight Driver Assist Technology system in every model, giving you greater peace of mind on the go.


  • The Subaru Forester offers more space for your passengers than the Outback models do, providing 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume against 105.5 cubic feet in the Outback.
  • Subaru Outback models offer more cargo space than the Subaru Forester models do, though, allowing you to utilize 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, while the Forester offers 28.9 cubic feet. Lowering the second of seating, though, maximum cargo space is similar for both, with the Outback offering up to 75.7 cubic feet and the Forester offering up to 74.2 cubic feet.

Test Drive Each Model Today

The only way to learn which whether you should choose the Subaru Outback or Subaru Forester lineup is to come test drive each model and experience them for yourself today.

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