With a focus on reliability and convenience, Subaru offers a great lineup of vehicles. Versatile options like the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are just as capable on your next road trip as they are on your daily commute. So, which one has more of what you're looking for?

Winner Subaru put together this 2018 Subaru Outback vs. Forester comparison to help drivers in Middletown, Odessa, and Dover decide.

2018 Subaru Outback vs Forester: Performance

The 2018 Subaru Outback and 2018 Subaru Forester each offer dependable performance with a selection of engines, great fuel economy, and standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

The Outback gives you a choice between two engines. The first is a 2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru BOXER® engine that gets up to 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The second option is a 3.6L 6-cylinder Subaru BOXER® engine that gets up to 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. With this level of power, it can tow up to 2,700 pounds.

The Forester also offers two engines. The base one is a 2.5L 4-cylinder Subaru BOXER® engine that gets up to 170 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, while the second is a sporty 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder Subaru BOXER® engine that gets 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This lets you tow up to 1,500 pounds.

To continue giving you options, the Subaru Outback offers two automatic transmissions as well. The first is a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with 6-speed manual mode and paddle shifters, while the second is a High-Torque CVT.

The Subaru Forester also has a Lineartronic® CVT, but it offers a fully synchronized 6-speed manual transmission, too.

The pairing of each of these engines with the efficient transmissions help both SUVs get great fuel economy. Each one gets up to an EPA-estimated 32 MPG highway.

2018 Subaru Outback vs Forester: Passenger Room

With a spacious interior, there's comfortable seating for up to five people inside both the 2018 Subaru Outback and 2018 Subaru Forester. You and your whole crew will be able to stretch out thanks to the roomy, open cabin.




Headroom (front/rear)

40.8 inches/38.9 inches

40.0 inches/37.5 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.9 inches/38.1 inches

43.0 inches/38.0 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

58.1 inches/57.3 inches

57.0 inches/56.5 inches


2018 Subaru Outback vs Forester: Cargo Room

Each Subaru continues to provide you with lots of space when it's time to load up your cargo. The 2018 Subaru Outback gives you 35.5 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, while the 2018 Subaru Forester has 34.4 cubic feet of space behind the back seats.

In both SUVs you can fold the seats down to create more space. The standard 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks are easy to use and help you get up to an impressive 73.3 cubic feet of space in the Outback and 74.7 cubic feet inside the Forester.

When you've got longer items to carry, or just want to keep things like surfboards and Christmas trees outside, you can tie them to the standard roof rails. The Outback even features retractable cross bars that can support up to 150 pounds.

Test Drive a Subaru

Visit Winner Subaru to test drive one of these reliable and spacious SUVs. Both offer an efficient and comfortable drive around Middletown, Odessa, and Dover. To learn more about this 2018 Subaru Outback vs. Forester comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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