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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD
MSRP
$24,495
Invoice
$23,099
Average Price Paid
$22,622
256 listings nationwide

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2021 Subaru Outback
AWD
MSRP
$26,795
Invoice
$25,187
Average Price Paid
$24,844
560 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD
Fair Price
$23,143
Good Price
$22,132
Great Price
$21,553
2021 Subaru Outback
AWD
Fair Price
$25,474
Good Price
$24,613
Great Price
$24,121

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$25,559
186 listings nationwide
6 GREAT deals
18 GOOD deals

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2021 Subaru Outback
AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$27,773
6 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover that competes with the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan. For 2020, Subaru adds new stand...

2021 Subaru Outback
AWD
No Expert Reviews

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD
Guru32B9X writes:
Great
Front Seats Ranked 2020 Honda CR-V EX AWD worse.
"More lumbar support"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2020 Honda CR-V EX AWD worse.
"More room behind the second row of seats items and dogs."
20
grasha918 writes:
Not as smooth as I would have liked.
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Kia Sportage LX AWD better.
"Roomier"
GuruR21Y7 writes:
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium AWD worse.
"The back seats in the forester are slightly higher then the Rav4 making for a better viewing angle - they are also more comfortable "
Family Car Ranked 2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium AWD worse.
"Overall the handling is better and that includes steering and suspension (higher ground clearance and a slightly better safety package with face recognition and ARB also add to a more complete family car- though the Rav4 has better acceleration I personally found that the steering and suspension was more important to me then going faster "
2021 Subaru Outback
AWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD
2021 Subaru Outback
AWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission 8-Speed CVT
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
26 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
33 MPG
33 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 16.6 gal 18.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
182 hp @ 5,800 RPM
182 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque
176 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM
176 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
12:1
12:1
Displacement
2,500 cc
2,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.7 in x 3.54 in
3.7 in x 3.54 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Optional Standard
Passenger Airbag Optional Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional Standard
Curtain Airbags Optional Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Optional Standard
CD Player Optional --
Radio Optional Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43.3 in 42.8 in
Back Legroom 39.4 in 39.5 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 35.4 cu ft 32.5 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,442 lbs 1,061 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity -- 2,700 lbs
Exterior
Length 182.1 in 191.3 in
Width 80.9 in 82 in
Height 67.5 in 66.1 in
Wheelbase 105.1 in 108.1 in

Available Options

2020 Subaru Forester
2.5i AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Horizon Blue Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Jasper Green Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic

Option Packages

  • Alloy Wheel Package
  • Int & Ext Auto Dim Mirror W/HL & Approach Lighting
  • Popular Package #1
  • Rockford Fosgate Audio Upgrade
  • Trailer Hitch
2021 Subaru Outback
AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Abyss Blue Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic

Option Packages

  • Exterior Interior HL Mirrors
  • Popular Package #1
  • Rockford Fosgate
  • Rockford Fosgate Audio Upgrade
  • Trailer Hitch

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