2019 Subaru Outback vs 2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Outback 2019 Subaru Forester


2.5L I4 2.5L I4


175 170

  MPG (City/Highway)

25/32 * 22/28 *


CVT 6-speed manual

2019 Subaru Outback vs 2019 Subaru Forester

Serving Troy, MI

The Subaru Outback and Forester are both dependable utility vehicles that so many of our customers have come to love. The 2019 versions have kept the most successful elements found on previous model years and have improved in some areas. The main difference between the two Subarus is that the Forester is more of a compact crossover whereas the Outback is longer and more substantial in size. The price difference is about $2,000, with the Outback being the higher valued vehicle.


The Forester runs on a 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer four-cylinder engine. This model is a DOHC direct-injection model using aluminum-alloy, and it's able to produce 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Subaru Intelligent Drive regulates the performance and fine-tunes the throttle. The Subaru Outback can come with one of two engines. The first is the same 2.5-L Boxer model, and the second choice is a 3.6-liter Boxer six-cylinder engine. That larger engine, which is an option on the Limited and Touring trims, can achieve 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. When taking into account all the involved components, the Forester has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds and the Outback has a towing capacity of 2,700 pounds.


The two vehicles have many similarities in style, but there are some significant differences. First of all, the Forester has an overall length of 182.1 inches and a height of 68.1 inches. This is in contrast to the Outback, that stretches 189.9 inches from end to end and stands 66.1 inches tall. In this regard, the Outback is more of a station wagon, and the Forester is more similar to other compact SUVs. Because there are many versions of each vehicle (five trims for the Forester and six trims for the Outback), there are several different set-ups in terms of tires and wheels, interior and exterior colors, and exterior accessories like roof rails, side mirrors, and bumper covers.


These vehicles offer many advantages to drivers and their passengers. Depending on the trim level you choose for either the Outback or the Forester, you can get features such as paddle shifters, a power rear gate, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, LED map lights, and keyless access. The Outback does have more amenities such as an electronic parking brake and overhead console. In terms of entertainment, these Subarus come with STARLINK. STARLINK consists of either a 6.5" multimedia, 8" multimedia, or 8" multimedia with a navigation system. It connects your vehicle to your smartphone so that you can access your contacts, downloaded and streaming content, and certain third-party apps. The system can give drivers weather and traffic data in addition to connecting with remote services and roadside assistance.

If you'd like to compare these two details in greater detail, you can visit our Subaru dealership to see them in person. We can set you up with a test drive for both the Outback and the Forester so that you can see which one might better suit you. Give us a call with any questions you might have.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.