Compare: 2018 Forester vs Outback

    
 

The Outback or the Forester: A Battle of the Subaru Giants

Subaru has been Kelly Blue Book's most trusted brand for four years in a row. How did it get there? By producing some of the most dependable and versatile vehicles on the road. The Subaru Outback and Forester are perfect examples. Rugged five-seaters, they're great for everything from your daily commute to outdoor adventure. This dependability has helped them grow into the vehicle of choice for many drivers.

The big question, of course, is which one offers the vehicle package for you? Let's take a look at what both have to offer.


The 2018 Subaru Outback

Described by KBB as 'the most recommendable vehicle for the broadest range of buyers and tasks," the Subaru Outback is a comfortable five-seater that offers a comfortable and spacious interior packed full of valuable features.

Performance: 2.5-liter boxer-4 (175 horsepower, 174 pounds-feet of torque, 25/32 miles per gallon, 3.6-liter flat-6 (256 horsepower, 246 pounds-feet of torque, 20/27 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Heated Seating, Voice-Activated Navigation, Leather Interior, Harman/Kardon Audio System

Safety Features: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Pre-Collision Braking, Reverse Automatic Braking

Starting Price: $26,810


 2018 Subaru Outback Interior
 2018 Forester Interior

The 2018 Subaru Forester

With six trims packed full of great features, the Subaru Forester offers a cozy and safe ride coupled to solid performance and good gas mileage.

Performance: 2.5-liter boxer-5 (170 horsepower, 174 pounds-feet of torque, 22/28 miles per gallon), 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-4 (250 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque, 23/27 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Subaru Starlink Infotainment System, HD Radio, Panoramic Sunroof, Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Heated Steering Wheel, One-Touch Fold Seats, Built-In Navigation, Harmon/Kardon Premium Audio System

Safety Features: Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane-Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control

Starting Price: $23,710


Even a quick glance at the Outback and the Forester is enough to see that they both offer excellent and similar packages. The biggest difference, for many drivers, may come down to price and size. The Outback is a bit bigger, offering more space, but also a bigger price tag. The Forester, meanwhile, is smaller but has a lower price and better fuel economy. Either way, you're getting a great Subaru car.

Compare the Forester and Outback against the competition, and to learn more about them and the rest of the new Subaru lineup, get in touch with the sales team at Cityside Subaru in Belmont, MA. We're a source of Subaru cars for drivers in Boston, Cambridge, Natick, Newton, Wakefield, and more. Get in touch with us today.


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