Forester vs. Outback

For drivers in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area who are looking to get behind the wheel of a midsize Subaru SUV, we're going to show you the differences between the 2016 Subaru Forester and the 2016 Subaru Outback. Both of these cars offer a lot to their respective drivers in terms of power and efficiency, but we're going to delve a little deeper to show you what these vehicles offer.

Subaru Outback vs. Forester Offroad

The Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback are both equipped with a 2.5-Liter SUBARU BOXER® engine. This unique engine lays flat under the hood and features horizontally opposed valves, which feed into the symmetrical all-wheel drive system to give you superior handling of the vehicle. The Forester features a fully synchronized 6-speed manual transmission. The Outback features the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission.

In terms of power, the Forester is able to reach 170 horsepower with 174 lb.-ft. of torque. The Outback has the ability to reach 175 horsepower while getting the same amount of torque as the Forester. Regarding fuel efficiency, the Forester gets an EPA estimated 22/29 mpg city/highway. The Outback gets 25/33 mpg city/highway, according to EPA estimates.

In this category, the Outback offers a slight increase power and a more notable increase in fuel efficiency. This is most likely due to the CVT, which offers a smooth, yet powerful, acceleration without using a lot of fuel to get you there.

Subaru Interior Space & Comfort

Both the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback are equipped to carry 5 passengers on the cloth interior seating. In terms of head room, the Forester offers 41.4 inches in the front and 39.8 inches in the rear. The Outback offers 40.8 inches of front head room and 38.9 inches of rear head room.

Looking at leg room, the Forester features 43 inches in the front and 38 inches in the rear. The Outback offers up 42.9 inches of front leg room and 38.1 inches of rear leg room. Regarding cargo room, the Forester offers a maximum of 74.4 cubic feet and the Outback features 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

In this category, the Forester seems to offer a little bit more room for front and rear passengers, as well as cargo. The differences between the Forester and the Outback are only minimal, but drivers and passengers in the Forester will enjoy the extra room to spread out.

Technology & Entertainment

There is no real difference with the technology and entertainment amenities in the Forester and Outback. Both vehicles feature the STARLINK™ multimedia system, which offers a 6.2-inch color touch screen display. Drivers can use this to access the HD Radio®, the CD player, or the Bluetooth® system, which not only allows you to make and receive calls, but you can also stream music from your smart phone through each vehicles respective 4-speaker sound system.

Subaru Outback or Forester?

In this article, we showed drivers like you in the Montclair, Clifton and Bloomfield area the differences between the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback. In terms of power, the Subaru Outback gets a slightly higher horsepower, which is accredited to the CVT it is equipped with. The Outback even gets a higher fuel economy, even though the difference is marginal.

Interior space is the category that the Forester shines in. Even though the difference isn't massive, the Forester does feature more room for passengers and cargo. Lastly, we looked at entertainment and technology. You saw that there's no real difference here. Both vehicles offer impressive amenities.

We hope this article helped you with your decision but if you need more convincing, you can always schedule a test drive with both the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback at Lynnes Subaru, conveniently located at 379 Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ.

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