2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Subaru Forester Comparison near Elmhurst, IL

2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Subaru Forester

                                        2017 Subaru Outback                                                                                                   2017 Subaru Forester

Do you want to add greater capability to your daily drive without driving a hulking SUV? Both the 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Subaru Forester deliver cargo space and go-anywhere drivability, without dominating your driveway. While the two utility vehicles feature symmetrical all-wheel drive, a similar Boxer® 2.5L engine, and versatile storage space, there are a few key differences. Learn more about where these two capable family vehicles differ, and then schedule a test drive at Grand Subaru near Elmhurst, IL.

2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Subaru Forester: Performance & Efficiency

Performance and efficiency for the new Subaru Outback and the Subaru Forester are surprisingly similar when equipped with the standard engine. Both models are standard with a 2.5L flat four Boxer® engine. Key performance and efficiency specs include:

2017 Subaru Outback

Subaru Model

2017 Subaru Forester

2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine

Standard Engine

2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine

175 HP


170 HP

174 lb.-ft.


174 lb.-ft.

2,700 lbs.

Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs.

25 MPG city
32 MPG highway

Fuel Efficiency

26 MPG city
32 MPG highway



6-speed manual or CVT

The differences between the two models start when the available engines are added. The 2017 Subaru Outback has an option for a 3.6L V6 engine capable of 256 HP for added performance and hauling. A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available with the 2017 Subaru Forester and able to produce up to 250 HP.

2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Subaru Forester: Interior & Cargo Space

2017 Subaru Outback Interior and 2017 Subaru Forester Interior

                                         2017 Subaru Outback Interior                                                                                  2017 Subaru Forester Interior

When it comes to interior size, the 2017 Subaru Forester and 2017 Outback offer several similarities. Both offer seating for up to five adult passengers, and the two utility vehicles offer nearly identical 108 cu. ft. of storage space. The only differences lie in the unique storage options available for both models.

  • Roof rails with integrated crossbars come standard on the new Outback
  • The Outback and the Forester feature a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat with available release levers
  • Eight cup and bottle holders are strategically placed throughout the cabin of the new Outback
  • Six cup and bottle holders are available with the Forester
  • The Forester comes with underfloor rear storage

2017 Subaru Outback vs. 2017 Subaru Forester: Safety Systems

Developed with your family's safety in mind, the 2017 Forester and 2017 Outback take protection and prevention to the highest levels. Both utility vehicles have 20 years combined of IIHS Top Safety Pick awards. The two models come standard with the following safety systems:

  • Vehicle Dynamics Control monitors and adjusts the level of traction when slippage is detected
  • A Rear-vision camera makes backing out much safer
  • Brake Assist adds stopping power when sensors detect a hazard
  • STARLINK™ safety and security connected services are available for both new Subaru models

Test-Drive A 2017 Subaru Outback Or 2017 Subaru Forester With Us!

Whether your family needs the greater size of the 2017 Subaru Outback or the versatility of the 2017 Subaru Forester, both models are readily available at our dealership near Elmhurst, IL. Check out the current inventory to get more details on pricing and availability for both new vehicles, and then make an appointment through our test-drive form or give us a call at (888) 840-3934 to get behind the wheel today!

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