Both have a "command driving position" allowing you to see over traffic in front of you. Forester and Outback were ranked #1 and #3 for best outward visibility among all vehicles! See the graphic.
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Dawg (and cargo) Space
See how Blue can stand up better in Forester because it's a little taller. He can lounge better in the Outback because it's longer. So you could say he prefers the waggin'.
34.3 cubic feet: seats up. 34.4 cubic feet: seats up
adult bicycles fit easily inside the Outback, flat with the wheels on
(though one in this picture is a kid's dirt bike). They would fit in a
Forester, too, but would require tilting the front wheels or removing
71.3 cubic feet:
74.7 cubic feet:
Power Tailgate Option
Not available on Outback, but standard on Forester Limited and Touring. Watch our instructional video here.
Total People Space
Outback is slightly larger inside.
105.4 cubic feet
103.3 cubic feet
About the same; both benefit from ingenious scooping of front seats so there's more room for knees.
Outback is about $1,500 more, which buys you a bigger and even more substantial-feeling vehicle.
looks more like a
station wagon; Forester more like a sport utility
vehicle. We have determined that there are Outback people and there are
Forester people. Which one are you?
Forester can tow a small utility trailer but for a sailboat you'll need the Outback.
2700 pounds with
six preset gear ranges
1500 pounds with
two preset gear ranges
Both have the six listed below; Forester gets a bonus airbag that deploys
below the steering wheel to protect the driver's knees.
- Two front airbags (deploy from the steering wheel or dashboard);
- Two torso airbags (deploy from the edge of the seats);
- Two curtain airbags
(deploy downward from the roof protecting all four outboard occupants)
Both cars have the
six here (the
passenger side curtain
airbag is not pictured).
At some point, we expect
Subaru to invent the
Packing Peanuts Personal Protection Package, which
will fill the entire interior
with packing peanuts in
an accident. Note extra
knee airbag deploying
from lower dash.
Only Forester offers an enormous panoramic moonroof big enough to eject unwelcome passengers.
Engines and Fuel Economy
Standard mills in both cars produce about 170 horsepower and displace 2.5 liters. Both run regular unleaded.
24 city, 30 highway
21 city, 28 highway
0-60mph: 8.8 seconds
|Fuel Tank and Max Range||18.5 gallons, 555 miles||15.9 gallons, 508 miles|
Go-go motor option
Most folks find the standard engine sufficiently potent, but we can oblige your power hunger.
Optional 3.6 liter
six cylinder with
18 city, 25 highway
0-60mph: 7.1 seconds
Optional 2.0 liter turbocharged
four cylinder with
23 city, 28 highway.
0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds
Of course we don't think a Subaru has any competition. But the nice folks who buy cars here say that they drove these vehicles before they bought a Planet Subaru. Click on any of the blue links for a dedicated comparison.
Rooftop Cargo Solutions
Outback offers standard roof rails (the bars that run front to back) and integrated crossbars (the bars that run side to side). Rails are standard on all Foresters except base model; crossbars optional on all Forester models.
Integrated crossbars are
posed partially open to
show how they work.
Optional crossbars (not shown)
are easily bolted on to the rails
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