The Subaru SUV lineup holds four models for car shoppers to consider, and two of the most popular are the Subaru Forester and Outback. These models both share some standard features and have similar dimensions, but they differ in some key areas. Many of our customers wonder what the differences between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are, which is why we break those down below!

Subaru Outback vs Subaru Forester

The Subaru Outback and Forester have different looks on the exterior, but they're similar regarding their cabin space. There is about 76 cubic feet of max cargo space, seating for five, and lots of head and legroom in each row of both these models. The Subaru Outback does provide finer materials, like Nappa leather, in higher trim levels, but it also starts around $2,000 more than the Subaru Forester near Camarillo. Both of these models are still great values as they come standard with all-wheel drive, Subaru Eyesight® Driver Assist Technology, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, but the new Subaru Outback offers some features, like ventilated seats and an 11.6-inch display for the infotainment system, not in the new Forester.

Some of the biggest differences between the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback near Santa Barbara come under the hood. They share the same 182-horsepower engine that gets up to 33 mpg highway in both, but the Subaru Outback provides a second engine option, a 260-horsepower one, that helps it tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Subaru Forester tops out at 1,500 pounds of towing. If you want an SUV for towing your camper or trailer, or just one that accelerates more easily in any driving condition, the Subaru Outback may be more your style!

Compare the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester for Yourself!

The new Subaru SUVs at our Ventura dealership each attract lots of fans, and if you want to find the right fit your lifestyle and budget, come by to talk with us today!

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