2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Outback
2020 Subaru Forester 2020 Subaru Outback


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Outback

Serving Troy, MI

Subaru is the preferred brand that local drivers trust to deliver exceptional performance in a stylish package. The Forester has been a top compact crossover SUV for more than two decades, and it continues to be a fifth-generation version in the 2020 model year. The Subaru Outback is placed directly above the Forester in the automaker's line. This wagon introduces its sixth generation this year. Our associates at Suburban Subaru will happily assist with your detailed comparison of the Forester and the Outback.


The standard powertrain in all of the Forester trims for 2020 is a 2.5-liter, flat four-cylinder engine with start-stop technology and direct fuel injection. It is combined with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission to produce 182 horsepower. Also, the Forester's performance is elevated by symmetrical all-wheel drive, which is standard across the trim line. In the 2020 Subaru Outback, you get the same standard engine, but you also have the option of a more powerful turbocharged engine which has direct fuel injection with X-Mode technology. This engine provides you with 260 horsepower. Like the Forester, its symmetrical all-wheel drive drivetrain is standard for all Outback trims.


The 2020 Forester and the 2020 Outback are close cousins, so they share some design elements. However, they are noticeably different from front to rear. The Forester has a horizontal bar design across the grille. The grille shows off a thick bar with a chrome finish at the top, and it angles up slightly to correspond with the angle of the LED headlights. Chrome accents flank the black vent located on the lower front fascia. Chrome accents across the side windows and doors raised roof rails and black molding complete the Forester's look. The 2020 Outback has an elongated, wagon-like frame. The bar-style grille is shorter and lacks the upper chrome accent piece that the Forester's grille has. The lower front fascia is beefy with thick, black molding across the entire surface. The lower portion of the doors also have thick, black molding, and the raised roof rails have a black finish.


The interior design and features are also different. The Forester has a smaller display screen in the center of the stack, and a distracted driver feature sits over it. This screen is integrated with the sound system, which has buttons and knobs. In comparison, the Outback's display screen is tablet-sized and stands vertically. The infotainment equipment, sound system, rear camera display, and other features are all integrated into this system. The Outback's center console rises up to meet the stack, and it has a clean look with a glossy black façade. These two vehicles share features like a sunroof, a push-button starter, rear air vents, a dual-zone auto climate control system, USB ports, mounted steering wheel functions, and more.

Suburban Subaru is the auto dealership that local shoppers trust to provide friendly service and to deliver great deals on new vehicles. Are you ready to finish your comparison of the Outback and the Forester? Visit Suburban Subaru today to check out these models and their impressive trims in person.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.