2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Outback
2020 Subaru Forester 2020 Subaru Outback


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Outback

Serving New Bern, NC

The Subaru line is known for balancing exceptional performance with the style and features that today’s drivers want. However, deciding which specific Subaru to purchase is challenging because of the many exciting possibilities. The Forester has been a top pick among small SUV shoppers for 23 years, and it may be sitting squarely at the top of your list of possibilities today. The Subaru Outback is another smart option to consider. This wagon’s history also spans across more than two decades. Both of these models have recently been refreshed with a generational update. Should you drive home in the Forester or the Outback?


Whether you plan to use your new Subaru for commuting in the city, excitement off the beaten path, or a combination of both, you will be thrilled with the capabilities of the Forester and the Outback. The Forester is equipped with a 2.5-liter powertrain that delivers 182 horsepower. The Outback is offered with two powertrain options. The base powertrain is identical to the equipment that is in the Forester. The top powertrain for the Outback is a 2.4-liter turbo engine that generates 260 horsepower. Standard mechanical equipment in these two models is identical. These essential features are hill descent control, power steering, a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, traction control, anti-locking disc brakes, active torque vectoring, intelligent all-wheel drive, X-Mode, and a few others.


The Outback wagon is longer and wider than the Forester, but it is a few inches shorter. While these dimensions play a significant role in the exterior style, the interior passenger space and cargo space are almost identical. The 2020 Outback has modern curvature throughout its flowing design, and it also has bold accents across the front and rear bumpers. This wagon comes with raised roof rails, a chrome accent piece below the grille, black body molding, fog lamps, and other equipment. The Forester has an upright frame that directly impacts its profile. This SUV’s design is enhanced by the unique LED headlights that carry upward slightly as they roll out to a point. Some of the exterior features included in both vehicles are up to 18-inch wheels, a powered and tilting moonroof, remote entry, daytime running lights, and more.


You will undoubtedly fall in love with both of these models after spending a few minutes behind the wheel. The Forester has a modern yet relaxed feel with features like a wireless internet connection, leather seating, a navigation system, a touch display screen, a power liftgate, a dual-zone auto climate control system, and other gear. In the Outback, heated seats in the second row, paddle shifters, a hands-free liftgate, and other features are available in addition to the same equipment that you will find in the Forester.

At Riverside Subaru, we are not satisfied until our customers drive home in a Subaru that they are thrilled about. If you are excited about picking out your new Subaru, we invite you to visit our sales reps soon so that you can thoroughly compare the Outback and the Forester by taking them out for a spin.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.