2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Outback | Size, Cargo Space, Design, & Specs

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Whether you have a growing family or want to pitch your tent on your own terms, Subaru SUVs are the ideal way to get to your next destination. Both are developed with adaptability, capability, and mobility in mind, but there are a few differences in size and equipment that may influence your decision. Learn more about the similar and unique features available with the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Subaru Outback below. After you've found the information you're looking for, you can schedule a test drive for the new Outback or new Forester by calling the team at Grand Subaru near Chicago at (888) 840-3934 or by using our appointment form.

2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Outback: Similar Features

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Both the new Subaru Forester and new Subaru Outback are clearly designed and built by the same manufacturer. They have similar aesthetics, capability, and technology features. Important similarities that you'll see during your test drive include:

  • 2.5L SUBARU BOXER engine
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • 8.7-in. of ground clearance
  • Seating for five passengers
  • Lineartronic 6-speed continuously variable electronically controlled interactive automatic transmission with overdrive
  • Available EyeSight® Driver Assist technology
  • SUBARU STARLINK™ safety and security available
  • Rear-vision camera and reverse automatic braking included with select trim levels
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control and Traction Control standard with every trim package
  • Both SUVs are 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recipients when equipped with adaptive driver aids and Steering Responsive Headlights
  • Both models were also awarded by ALG for retained value

2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Outback: Key Differences

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The most obvious difference between the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Subaru Outback is size. The Outback is a crossover SUV, while the Forester is categorized as a compact SUV. The new Outback is slightly larger with a little more cargo room. Features that the Outback and Forester don't share are as follows:

  • The Outback has a 108.1-in. wheelbase and the Forester has a 103.9-in. wheelbase
  • The Outback can tow 2,700 lbs. when properly equipped, while the Forester tows up to 1,500 lbs.
  • The Outback offers 35.5 cu.-ft. of cargo room, and the Forester has 34.4 cu. ft. of cargo room
  • Alloy wheels are standard with every new Outback, but the Forester has steel wheels included on the base model
  • X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control are included with every Outback trim level, but only on select Forester packages
  • The Forester has multireflector halogen headlights, and the Outback has projector-beam headlights as a standard feature

2018 Subaru Forester vs. 2018 Subaru Outback: Price & Incentives

The 2018 Subaru Forester starts under $23,000 MSRP, and the 2018 Subaru Outback comes with a $25,895 starting MSRP. Both SUVs are available to finance or lease at Grand Subaru near Chicago with factory-direct incentives for qualified buyers. We also have several new SUV specials on models that have stayed on our lot for a little too long and need to find new homes soon. Discover your deal at our Subaru dealership and add greater capability to your daily drive.

Test Drive a new Subaru SUV Today!

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Do you know which new Subaru SUV is the perfect size for your active lifestyle? The new Outback is an ideal option for your kids to grow into. But the 2018 Subaru Forester offers impressive versatility for commuters and weekend warriors alike. Schedule your Subaru SUV test drive through our appointment form or by calling (888) 840-3934 and get into the capable vehicle you need today!

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