How Does the New Subaru Forester Compare to the Subaru Outback?

Sometimes, it is possible for there to be too much of a good thing. Case in point? The Subaru lineup.

Subaru has built itself up into a go-to source for Red Wing and Owatonna drivers in search of great SUVs. It doesn't matter if you're looking for something rugged, versatile, comfortable or well-equipped, there's a Subaru SUV that can deliver the experience you want.

The problem that poses, however? Deciding which new Subaru SUV is right for you. Should you go home in something like the Subaru Forester or the Subaru Outback? Let's take a look at both and see what they have to offer.


The 2020 Subaru Forester

A favorite of the compact SUV segment for years now, the Subaru Forester has earned fans all over Mankato with its impressive cargo space and excellent feature suite. What makes this new model a genuine stand-out compared to other small-bodied models, however, are its rugged sensibilities. Between its high ground clearance and standard all-wheel-drive, it has everything you need to stay safe in bad weather, or even venture off-road for that weekend camping trip.

Performance: 2.5-liter flat-4 (182 horsepower, 176 pounds-feet of torque, 26/33 miles per gallon

Feature Options: Subaru Starlink Infotainment System, Standard 6.5-inch Infotainment Display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Automatic Climate Control, Heated Seating, Heated Side Mirrors, Built-in Wi-Fi, Keyless Ignition, Built-in Navigation

Safety Features: Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Assistance

Starting Price: Around $25,000

The 2020 Subaru Outback

While the Subaru Outback is bigger than the Subaru Forester, it doesn't commit that extra size to things like extra seating. Instead, the Outback spends its efforts on upping the ante in the area of high performance. While all of Subaru's new models offer a touch of rugged, the Outback is easily the most capable of the bunch. Its sturdy design plays host to powerful powertrain options, which pair well with Subaru perks like standard all-wheel-drive.

Performance: 2.5-liter flat-4 (182 horsepower, 176 pounds-feet of torque, 26/33 miles per gallon), 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 (260 horsepower, 277 pounds-feet of torque, 23/30 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Automatic Climate Control, Subaru Starlink Infotainment System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Heated Seating, Ventilated Seating, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Keyless Entry, Push-Button Start, Built-in Navigation

Safety Features: Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Reverse Automatic Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assistance, Driver Attention Warnings

Starting Price: Around $27,500

Which Subaru SUV is Right for Me?

Both the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback offer great packages built around value and ability. The right SUV for you? That depends on your need and the driving you intend to do. If you're an Albert Lea driver looking for something capable but more casual, the 2020 Forester might be the better choice for your needs. If you're a more active person, perhaps with a taste for off-road driving, the Subaru Outback might be more to your need.

Schedule Your Subaru Test Drive Today

Whatever your vehicle needs might be, give us a call at Subaru of Rochester. We'd be happy to tell you more about everything our dealership has to offer. This includes options for new Subaru models and more. We can likewise connect you to new Subaru finance offers designed to make the Subaru model you're looking for more affordable. Whatever your vehicle needs might be, you'll find the partner you're looking for at our Rochester, MN dealership.


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