Subaru of Corvallis: Forester vs. Outback Comparison

Compare the Differences Between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester


When drivers from the Corvallis, Lebanon, Willamette Valley and Albany, OR areas visit our showroom to find a new ride, they often ask what the major differences are between the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester. While both bring a great amount of versatility and rugged performance to the road, each one does have its differences. Let's take a closer look.

 Subaru Forester
 Subaru Outback
 Subaru Forester
 Subaru Outback

Vehicle Size

In terms of size, the Subaru Outback which is a midsize crossover, is 8.7 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than the Subaru Forester which is considered a compact crossover. While the Outback has more of a wagon feel, the Forester is taller by two inches, giving it a sport utility vehicle shape. As for ground clearance, each model offers about 8.7 inches.

 Subaru Forester
 Subaru Outback

Cargo Space

The total cargo volume for the Outback is 35.5 cubic feet compared to 31.5 in the Forester. The passenger volume in the Outback is 108.1 cubic feet compared to just 103.3 cubic feet in the Forester. You can count on the Outback to give you the extra wiggle room that you may need.

 Subaru Forester
 Subaru Outback


Both models offer a standard 2.5-Liter engine, allowing them to churn out about 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The Outback is slightly more efficient, both vehicles achieve about 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. If you're looking to tow boats or trailers with your vehicle, keep in mind that the Outback offers a towing capacity of 2700 pounds, while the Forester can only tow up to 1500 pounds.


Expect a starting MSRP for comparably equipped models to be $26,345 for the Outback, which puts it slightly higher than the Forester which at $24,295. This accounts for the Outback's slightly larger size and more impressive towing capacity.

To determine which model works best for you, we encourage you to visit Subaru of Corvallis. We'd be happy to arrange test drives and answer any questions you have about specs and features. Come on over to our Corvallis, OR showroom and we will see to it that you choose just the right vehicle.

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.

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