Compare the Outback and the Forester

The Subaru Outback vs. The Subaru Forester: Which One is Right for You?

For Northeast PA drivers looking for a great crossover SUV, the 2021 Subaru Outback and 2021 Subaru Forester are both outstanding options. But which one is the right one for you? Both vehicles bring a lot of great features to the table, but the differences between the two might just determine which one better suits your lifestyle. Here is a comparison of the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester, so you can make an informed decision about which vehicle you will drive around Scranton.

2021 Subaru Outback

  • Starting Price: $26,795
  • Combined Miles-per-gallon: 29
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons
  • Curb Weight: 3,635 pounds
  • Maximum Trailer Weight: 2,700 pounds
  • Passenger Volume: 109 cubic feet

2021 Subaru Forester

  • Starting Price: $23,375
  • Combined Miles-per-gallon: 29
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.6 gallons
  • Curb Weight: 3,449 pounds
  • Maximum Trailer Weight: 1,500 pounds
  • Passenger Volume: 112 cubic feet

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Fuel Tank and Economy

The Outback and Forester have the same fuel economy: 29 miles-per-gallon combined. However, the Outback has a larger fuel tank: 18.5 gallons compared to the Forester's 16.6 gallons. While a difference of 1.9 gallons might not seem like much, you can get nearly 60 miles farther on a single tank of gas with the Outback.

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Curb Weight

The Subaru Outback has a curb weight of 3,635 pounds, while the Subaru Forester has a curb weight of 3,449 pounds. That difference of 186 pounds might not seem like much, but given the importance of curb weight, it might make a difference. Curb weight can affect a vehicle's maneuverability and agility, which might make the Forester a more appealing for some Scranton drivers.

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Trailer Towing Capacity

The Subaru Outback can tow a trailer weighing up to 2,700 pounds, while the Subaru Forester has a maximum trailer weight of 1,500 pounds. With the ability to tow trailers nearly twice as heavy as the Forester, the Outback is clearly the option for Wilkes-Barre drivers who need a vehicle that a pull a trailer that weighs greater than 1,500 pounds. However, this difference might not make a difference to drivers who do not plan on using a trailer.

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester: Passenger Volume

The Forester's passenger volume of 112 cubic feet slightly exceeds the 109 cubic feet of the Outback. While three cubic feet is a relatively small difference, because both vehicles have five seats, the slightly bigger cabin inside the Forester might be a difference-maker. In a full vehicle, every inch might matter when it comes to maximizing comfort.

The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are both capable, fun-to-drive subcompact crossover cars. The best way to determine which one is best for you is to take a test drive. For Old Forge drivers who aren't sure which of these vehicles is better for their preferences and lifestyle, the best way to make a decision is to head over to Minooka Subaru in Moosic and try them both out on the road. To schedule your test drive today, call us, or visit our dealership!