2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Subaru Forester
2021 Subaru Outback 2021 Subaru Forester


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

  Max. Towing Capacity

2,700 lbs. ** 1,500 lbs. **

2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Subaru Forester

Serving Troy, MI

At Suburban Subaru, we are excited to show off the incredible updates found across our many models. The Outback and the Forester each have a couple of decades of history impressing local drivers, so comparing these models is a great starting point as you get ready to take your new Subaru home. Is the Outback or the Forester a better option for you?


When you test drive these two Subaru models at our dealership, you will appreciate the capability and power they bring to the table. The Outback is a wagon that is offered with a Boxer 2.5-liter, 182-horsepower engine in its first four trim levels. If you opt for a higher-level Outback, your wagon will deliver 260 horsepower from its turbo Boxer 2.4-liter engine. If you prefer to drive home in the Forester, the only powertrain offered across the trim lineup is the 182-horsepower engine in the Outback. A Lineartronic continuously variable transmission is standard across both models for 2021.


The Outback and the Forester have unique style from front to rear. The 2021 Outback has a wagon-style profile with a long, lean body and a relatively short stature. As a compact crossover SUV, the 2021 Forester stands upright and shows off reliable ground clearance. Exterior gear that you can appreciate across the Outback and the Forester are a hands-free liftgate, raised roof rails, and LED lighting.


A thorough comparison of the Forester and the Outback continues inside the cabin. In these models, there are shared, advanced technologies and features in the upper trim levels. Some of these are a StarLink infotainment system, a Harman Kardon audio system, a navigation system, leather material, and a panoramic moonroof. All 2021 trims for both models have EyeSight assistive safety equipment as standard features.

Our Suburban Subaru team is standing by, and we are thrilled to show off all that the Outback and the Forester can do through a few test drives. To make arrangements for your upcoming visit, contact our sales reps at Suburban Subaru today.

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