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Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Which Model is the Best Fit for You?

The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are both among the most popular SUVs on the roads around Boston for a reason. Both vehicles have many similarities, including legendary performance, cutting-edge features, and spacious versatility for passengers and cargo alike. However, they each have their differences as well, and we're here to help you pick out the model that best fits your lifestyle and needs. At Metro West Subaru, we offer a terrific selection of new Subaru Outback and Forester models for sale in Natick, and we're happy to work with anyone to get a great financing or lease deal on the model that's right for them. To help you choose which vehicle is right for you, we're going to highlight some of the differences offered in both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester lineups.

Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback


The new Subaru Forester starts at just over $25,000 while the new Subaru Outback starts at just under $27,000. Although the starting prices may have a slight divide, with our great financing and lease offers, we can help anyone around Belmont buy or lease either vehicle for a price that fits their budget and needs the best.


Engine Options

Under the hood, both the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback come equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 182-horsepower and 176 pounds-feet of torque. With that engine equipped, both vehicles offer the same fuel economy, with an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, providing you with the fuel friendly performance you need when driving around Norwood.

If you need more horsepower and torque to conquer your travels around Brookline, the Subaru Outback has it for you. The Subaru Forester only offers that one engine options across the lineup. The Subaru Outback also offers an available 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 260-horsepower and 277 pounds-feet of torque, giving you a stronger performance.


Are you in need of a vehicle with towing ability? The new Subaru Forester is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds, which is enough for trailers and even a small boat. If you need more, the Subaru Outback offers 2,700 pounds of standard towing ability, with up to 3,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity when properly equipped with the larger engine.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester lineups come equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, allowing you to conquer bad weather around Boston and any terrain on your adventures out of town. The Outback also comes with standard X-MODE® system that controls the drivetrain output and lets you take on steep inclines and the most rugged terrain.

Technology Features

Every Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback model comes equipped with a Starlink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, allowing you to connect your smartphone device wirelessly with Bluetooth or using a USB cord and control various features while you're on the go. The difference is that the Forester offers the Starlink system on either a standard 6.5-inch or available 8-inch touchscreen display. The Outback has the Starlink system paired with a standard 7-inch touchscreen on the base model, with a larger 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen display on all other trim levels.


The new Subaru Forester model offers more space for passengers with 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to 105.6 cubic feet of passenger volume from the Outback. The Outback gets the edge in cargo space, though. The Forester offers 28.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, compared to 32.5 cubic feet in the Outback.

Learn More About the Subaru Outback and Forester Lineups in Person at Metro West Subaru Today

The only way to find out whether a Subaru Outback model or a Subaru Forester model is the best fit for you is to come see our entire selection in person and test drive your favorite models around Natick today.

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