The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are capable all-wheel drive vehicles that offer a dependable performance for everyone from commuters to families. So, which one is right for you?

Maguire Subaru helps drivers in Ithaca decide with this Subaru Outback vs. Forester comparison.

Subaru Outback vs Forester Performance

The 2019 Subaru Outback runs on a 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that gets up to 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain can tow up to 2,700 pounds.

It works with a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and can get up to an EPA-estimated 25 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

The 2019 Subaru Forester also has an efficient engine. It's powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. This gives it a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

The Forester also runs on a Lineartronic® CVT but can get up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Both vehicles are designed to be capable on any terrain. They each feature a ground clearance of 8.7 inches and have standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

Subaru Outback vs Forester Passenger & Cargo Room

Both the 2019 Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester have seating for up to five people. Inside the Outback there's 108.1 cubic feet of passenger space. The Forester also features plenty of room to stretch out with 107.8 cubic feet of passenger room.

Each all-wheel drive vehicle also offers lots of cargo room. They both have a roomy trunk, plus 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks that let you make some extra space.


Subaru Outback

Subaru Forester

Cargo Room Behind Row (Front/Rear)

35.5 cubic feet/73.3 cubic feet

33.0 cubic feet/70.9 cubic feet

Headroom (front/rear)

40.8 inches/38.9 inches

40.2 inches/37.7 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.9 inches/38.1 inches

43.3 inches/39.4 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear

58.1 inches/57.3 inches

58.2 inches/57.2 inches

If you've got a full car, or you're carrying something you'd rather keep outside, like a kayak or Christmas tree, you can tie it to the roof. The Forester offers raised roof rails with integrated tie downs, while the Outback has standard roof rails with retractable crossbars and tie-downs.

Subaru Outback vs Forester Technology

There's lots of technology inside both the 2019 Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester. The SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia Plus infotainment system comes standard in both. It features Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, SiriusXM® All Access Radio, and Bluetooth® compatibility.

The standard system puts a 6.5-inch touchscreen in your dashboard, but an 8-inch screen is also available.

With either option, you can use your dashboard to check behind you. Whenever you shift into reverse, you'll be able to see what the Rear-Vision Camera sees.

It's just one of the many safety features that's watching out for you. The EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system comes standard on both and prevents accidents with features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

Test Drive a Subaru

Visit Maguire Subaru to test drive the Subaru Outback or Subaru Forester. Both are great options for a safe, comfortable, and capable drive around Ithaca. To learn more about this Subaru Outback vs Forester comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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