The Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester

Kirby Subaru of Ventura knows it has a great selection of the best adventurous SUVs along the Central Coast. No name speaks to a sense of adventure and wander like Subaru. Everyone likes something different from their fun-seeking vehicle. Some love the features and versatility offered by the Subaru Outback. While others like the functionality and style provided by the Subaru Forester. Both have gone through exciting upgrades for the 2020 year. Kirby Subaru wants to re-introduce you to these two stellar options

Subaru OutbackSubaru Forester
Cargo Space32.55 cubic feet35.4 Cubic Feet
City MPG2626
Highway MPG3333
Fuel Tank Capacity18.516.6

Size and Interior

The difference between the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback is size. The Forester is considered a compact crossover, while the Outback is setting the standard for wagons. The Outback clocks in at 191 inches long, as the Forester checks in at 182 inches. The Outback gives Newbury Park drivers a wheelbase that is four inches wider than the Forester and offers a smoother and more responsive ride. When it comes to legroom, the differences are nearly imperceptible. The Forester gives drivers about an inch more headroom.

However, the Forester shows 76.1 available cargo space with the second row 60-40 split-rear folding seats laid down. By comparison, the Outback wagon gives you slightly less with 75.7 cubic feet. Both provide plenty of room to haul your fishing gear to Stearns Wharf or after a successful day at the Shops in Camarillo.

Efficiency and Performance

The difference between the Forester and Outback is options. It might come as no surprise to those in the know, but the Outback and Forester share a lot of the same performance features. Both come with Subaru's standard Subaru BOXER engine. A 182-horsepower direct-injection four-cylinder powerhouse matched with the smooth continuously variable automatic transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Forester holds a fuel tank that is about three gallons smaller. Meaning you'll be stopping sooner on your way out of Ojai.

The biggest difference comes in the XT trim levels of the Outback. These three trims bring an all-new 260-horsepower 2.4-liter version of the BOXER engine. This provides a great deal of power to your Outback, like the ability to tow as much as 3,500 pounds. The Forester 1,500 pounds when equipped. It comes with Trailer Stability Assist, standard.


iLike the engine levels, the Outback and Forester share many of the same features and technology. The Subaru EyeSight suite of safety features comes standard in both. The biggest difference comes with the addition of the DriverFocus attention monitor available in the Subaru Forester. The Starlink infotainment system provides the same technology for both models.

Learn More About the Subaru Forester and Outback in Ventura, CA

The best way to find out the difference between these two exceptional models is to see for yourself. Take the Subaru Forester and Outback for a test drive and see which one speaks to you. You'll be glad you stopped by Kirby Subaru in Ventura

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