Subaru Forester vs Outback

2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Outback

When you choose a Subaru vehicle, you really can't go wrong. Almost all of the models come with Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the reliability that Subaru is known for. But choosing which Subaru model is best for you can be a challenge. The Subaru Outback, while iconic and always popular, may not be the best model for your needs. One of the best alternatives is the always-reliable Subaru Forester.

Both of these models have similar offerings, from the powertrain to the unique versatility that comes in all Subaru models, but the differences are in the finer details, and they can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of the vehicle. Some of the key difference are seen below.

  • Style preference matters, with the 2018 Subaru Forester available as a compact SUV and the Outback available as a station wagon
  • Both Subaru models come at reasonable prices, with starting MSRPs at under $26,000
  • Each Subaru vehicle features two rows of comfortable seating with room for five passengers, along with over 70 cubic feet of total cargo space
  • Both the Subaru Forester and Outback include standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, with available Subaru EyeSight driver-assist technology
  • As an IIHS Top Safety Pick and IIHS Top Safety Pick+ respectively (equipped with Subaru EyeSight and steering responsive headlights), the 2018 Subaru Forester and Outback both come with established daily driving reputations for sound peace of mind
  • Subaru Forester offers a tighter turning radius than the Outback does, making those tight maneuvers all the more easy.
  • On the interior, the Subaru Forester offers more headroom and legroom than the Outback does.
  • The Subaru Forester comes at a lower base price than the Outback, cementing it as a superior value for many drivers.

With the 2018 Subaru Forester and Outback, your decision comes down to stylistic preference and the subtle differences that matter to you and your lifestyle. Our team ranks both of these Subaru models ahead of the competition, and welcomes you to review our new Subaru lineup in full today.

To experience the Forester firsthand, come and see us at Dan Perkins Subaru and take one for a test drive. Soon, you'll be taking on Southern New England roads in the best SUV for the job.

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