2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

You may have heard that Subaru makes some of the most popular AWD SUVs available today. Their ever growing success comes from a combination of renowned value, award-winning safety, and unrivaled capability. As you peruse the latest Subaru lineup, check out the new Subaru Forester. It's among the brand's most popular models that stands well above competition like the Toyota RAV4, Chevy Equinox, and Honda CR-V by providing so much more for your money. Of course, it won't cost much more if you wanted to upgrade your ride to a new Subaru Outback. So, what's the difference between these two remarkable SUVs? Below, you'll find a preview that looks at some of the more noticeable differences. Once you have a better idea of what to expect, we invite you to discover a better car shopping experience at Nate Wade Subaru where we're proud to be the nation's oldest exclusive Subaru dealership.

2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Exterior

2021 Subaru Forester vs Outback: Style & Design

It only seems that the new Subaru Outback and Forester SUVs are similar until you get a good look at them in person. That's when it's most clear that these are very different vehicles. The new 2021 Subaru Forester embodies all that is modern two-row small SUV. A healthy ground clearance, nimble wheelbase, and comfortable seating for up to five adults is just the beginning of why the Subaru Forester is so popular. You'll also get roof rails standard on all but the entry-level model.

Meanwhile, the latest 2021 Subaru Outback continues to define the utility wagon that's ready for virtually any adventure. It's a bit shorter and longer than Subaru Forester but the Outback does still provide similarly comfortable passenger space and cargo capacities. You will, however, find roof rails with fold-away cross bars standard on every new Subaru Outback. Other distinctions that set the Outback apart include standard alloy wheels, and steering wheel paddle shifters.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Interior

2021 Subaru Outback vs Forester: Connectivity & Convenience

It's no secret that most new cars now come standard with touchscreen systems that more conveniently present information and entertainment. These systems are generally called infotainment systems, and we think you'll agree that the latest Subaru STARLINK® system is among the best. That's what you'll find in the center consoles of the new Subaru Outback and Forester SUVs. However, there is a bit of a difference.

The entry-level 2021 Subaru Forester comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and you can upgrade to improved systems with an 8-inch touchscreen. Step inside the entry-level 2021 Subaru Outback, and you'll find dual 7-inch touchscreens on which you can call up information about the vehicle, multimedia, and entertainment. The rest of the new Outback lineup comes standard with a large and intuitive 11.6-inch touchscreen.

Award Winning Safety Comes Standard

These are Subaru SUVs we're talking about here, so there's a lot to say about safety. After all, Subaru continues to prove itself as one of the safest brands in the business. Aside from top safety awards from independent authorities for the Subaru Forester and Outback models, you'll have the advantage of advanced driver assistance technology. For instance, the standard headlights in both models respond to the steering so you see much better around corners in the dark. What's more, both models are also equipped totally standard with EyeSight® driver assistance technology.

EyeSight® was among the first systems of its kind to come in an affordable brand like Subaru, and now it's becoming standard equipment throughout the lineup. This advanced system uses cutting-edge cameras to help you keep an eye on the road. When the system detects certain imminent forward collisions, it's able to not only warn you, but also hit the brakes. This could make a big difference in how severe an accident is, or it might even prevent a collision completely. Aside from automatic pre-collision braking, EyeSight® also includes lane-departure warning and even adaptive cruise control. Traffic will never be the same behind the wheel of a new Subaru Outback or Forester thanks to this advanced safety technology and so much more.

2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Features

Performance Comparison: 2021 Subaru Forester vs Outback

The small SUV has become one of the market's most popular segments in no small part because they're just so convenient for families. But just because it's time to upgrade the family taxi doesn't mean you must sacrifice the joy of driving a capable and agile vehicle. The flat BOXER® engines found in both the Subaru Forester and Outback are mounted low to the ground for outstanding handling. Did you know that the latest Subaru Outback and Forester models also get virtually the same fuel economy at the entry level? That's because they start out with the same 2.5-liter engine producing 182 horsepower.

That's a healthy level of power for this segment, but the new 2021 Subaru Outback does have the option of more power. That's because you can upgrade to an available turbocharged engine that pumps out an exhilarating 260 horsepower. It's an option you won't have in the new Subaru Forester. When it comes to towing, the Subaru Forester can handle 1,500 pounds while the Subaru Outback starts out with a towing capacity of 2,700 pounds. Upgrade the engine in the Outback to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Of course, these are both Subaru SUVs we're talking about here, so you can count on the legendary traction that only comes with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This system ensures outstanding traction in unpredictable traffic, slick roads, or no roads at all. Both models also come standard with active torque vectoring, and electric power steering. However, the Subaru Outback does come with a couple off-road optimization features like hill-descent control that are available upgrades on the Subaru Forester. No matter which model best fits your needs and desires, you're in for a wonderful drive behind the wheel. Stop by and see us for a test drive to learn more.

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Which Is The Better Value: 2021 Subaru Forester vs Outback

Ultimately, you're getting a better value from either of these small SUVs than you'll find from any other model in this segment. Simply coming standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive puts both models in their own league, but there's more to it than that. You'll get outstanding fuel economy, award-winning safety, and a level of versatility that similarly equipped cars just can't compete with. Come see us to learn more and discover the Subaru Outback and Forester firsthand at Nate Wade Subaru.

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Subaru Outback
$24,795Starting MSRP* $26,795
182Standard Horsepower182
176Standard Torque (lb.-ft.)176
None AvailableEngine Upgrade260-hp Turbo Engine
1,500Towing Capacity (lbs.)2,700 (Standard Engine) / 3,500 (Upgraded Engine)
111.9Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)109
31.1 Standard / 76.1 MaximumCargo Capacity (cu. ft.)32.5 Standard / 75.7 Maximum
6.5" TouchscreenStandard InfotainmentDual 7" Touchscreens
Available UpgradeHigh Beam AssistStandard Feature
Available UpgradeRoof RailsStandard Feature

*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.