Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
MSRP
$29,495
Invoice
$27,607
Average Price Paid
$26,919
389 listings nationwide

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2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i
MSRP
$25,895
Invoice
$24,360
Average Price Paid
$23,380
1,638 listings nationwide

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

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
Fair Price
$27,596
Good Price
$26,168
Great Price
$25,351
2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i
Fair Price
$24,075
Good Price
$22,750
Great Price
$21,993

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$30,145
15 listings nationwide
4 GREAT deals
2 GOOD deals

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2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$26,538
107 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
Rob Feeman Preview:

Now in its 20th year and nearing the end of its fourth generation, the Subaru Forester compact crossover SUV enters 2018 with a few minor safety updates and a new 2.5i Black Edition pa...

2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i
Christian Wardlaw Test Drive Review:

One of the original “crossover” SUVs, the first Outback was a trim level for the 1995 Legacy station wagon. In 1996, in a stroke of sheer brilliance, Subaru jacked up the suspension, p...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 4
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 9
  • Safety 10
  • Cost-Effectiveness 9

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

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
190
writes:
Interior felt dated. The one thing I did like was the panoramic sunroof. I didnt like that you cant order th...
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Honda CR-V Touring AWD better.
"Feels better all the way around. Best gas mileage, and streamlined interior. "
30
writes:
Excellent vehicle with true Awd system
Power Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 4Motion AWD better.
"Lighter weight "
Back Seats Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 4Motion AWD worse.
"More legroom and comfort"
200
writes:
I drove several smaller SUVs and found the Forester the best overall. I ended up purchasing after driving the...
2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i
70
writes:
I drove this vehicle before I purchased another car. I really disliked driving the Outback: (1) lousy brakes...
Looks/Style Ranked 2018 Audi A4 Allroad better.
"Thats easy: just look at them."
Family Car Ranked 2018 Audi A4 Allroad better.
"My girlfriend and son love the Audi A4 allroad."
220
writes:
Handles very well and feels very capable on our terrible dirt road with little side-to-side movement. Handles ...
Handling Ranked 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo worse.
"On both dirt road and pavement, the Outback was smoother and I felt more in control. "
Family Car Ranked 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo worse.
"A little more room for legs of all sizes, and the seats are comfortable and durable."

Specs

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium
2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i
Powertrain 6-Speed CVT 6-Speed CVT
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
23 MPG
25 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
27 MPG
32 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.9 gal 18.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
250 hp @ 5,600 RPM
175 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM
174 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10.6:1
10.3:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.39 in x 3.39 in
3.7 in x 3.54 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Optional
Driver Airbag Standard Optional
Passenger Airbag Standard Optional
Front Side Airbags Standard Optional
Curtain Airbags Standard Optional
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 5 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Optional
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 43 in 42.9 in
Back Legroom 38 in 38.1 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 31.5 cu ft 35.5 cu ft
Maximum Payload 999 lbs 1,073 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs --
Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 2,700 lbs
Exterior
Length 180.9 in 189.9 in
Width 80.5 in 81.3 in
Height 68.2 in 66.1 in
Wheelbase 103.9 in 108.1 in

Available Options

2018 Subaru Forester
2.0XT Premium

Exterior Colors

  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Gray Metallic
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Quartz Blue Pearl
  • Venetian Red Pearl

Option Packages

  • Thule Extended Cargo Carrier
  • Interior and Exterior Auto-Dim Mirror with HomeLink and Approach Light
  • Sport Grille
  • Popular Package #2A
  • Popular Package #3A
  • Protection Package #1
  • Protection Package #1A
  • Protection Package #3
  • Protection Package #3A
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Turbo Trailer Hitch
2018 Subaru Outback
2.5i

Exterior Colors

  • Crimson Red Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Dark Blue Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Tungsten Metallic
  • Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Wilderness Green Metallic

Option Packages

  • Extended Thule Cargo Carrier
  • Exterior Interior HomeLink Mirrors
  • Popular Package #1
  • Protection Package #1
  • Protection Package #1
  • Trailer Hitch

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