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Outback vs Forester

2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Forester Rochester, MN

Are you ready for a new Subaru and wondering whether the 2022 Outback wagon or 2022 Forester SUV is the best choice for you? The team at Subaru of Rochester put together this side-by-side comparison to help you with your decision.

Search our inventory for the model and trim that interests you, and let us know if you'd like to take it for a test drive. Contact us at Phone Number(888) 541-2994 or send us a text or chat, and we'll be happy to prepare it for your arrival. Make sure you also view our current Outback and Forester finance or lease offers for a great opportunity.

Exterior Design 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Subaru Forester

Both the 2022 Subaru Outback wagon and 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV received updates in 2022, preserving and enhancing the unique Subaru experience of cross-country adventure seeking and utility-driven, contemporary design. The Forester received a new front fascia, grille, and lighting and, like the Outback, debuted an all-new trim ― Wilderness ― which brings a new level of all-terrain, rugged good looks to the Outback and Forester lineup.

Wilderness trims are specially engineered for off-roading adventures; they come equipped with such all-terrain details as a higher ground clearance, tent-supporting roof rails, all-terrain tires, and bumpers designed for steep inclines and uneven or rocky trails.

Among the available features these two models share:

  • 17- or 18-in. wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Raised roof rails
  • Power folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • LED fog lights
  • LED steering-responsive headlights
2022 Subaru Outback Exterior

2022 Subaru Outback

2022 Subaru Outback Exterior

2022 Subaru Outback

2022 Subaru Outback Interior

2022 Subaru Outback

Interior Design & Technology 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Subaru Forester

Offering cargo-carrying utility and a comfortable ride, the 2022 Subaru Outback is ready to help you run errands or enjoy those much-anticipated road trips along legendary Minnesota scenic byways. Inside the spacious Outback cabin, enjoy listening to your favorite tunes on the 12-speaker Harman Kardon® premium audio system. Relax in soft Nappa leather or water-repellent StarTex® upholstery and available heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Loading your gear or provisions is made easy, too, with a hands-free power gate.

The 2022 Subaru Forester also delivers an enjoyable in-cabin experience, offering a nine-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, leather or StarTex upholstery, and heated front and rear seats. Effortlessly slide that 30-pound bag of dog food into the back of your Forester with the welcome help of a power gate.

Both models feature the SUBARU STARLINK® infotainment system with 7- or 11.6-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth® functionality, and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® access.

Engine Specs & Fuel Economy 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Subaru Forester

For 2022, the Subaru Outback offers two engine options across its trim lineup, while the 2022 Subaru Forester equips its trims with a single, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with auto start-stop technology.

2.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER

Transmission: Lineartronic® CVT

Power: 182 HP

Torque: 176 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy (MPG): 26 city/33 hwy

Towing Capacity: Up to 3,500 lbs.

Model & Trim Availability: Standard on Outback Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trims; standard on all Forester trims

2.5L four-cylinder turbocharged SUBARU BOXER

Transmission: Lineartronic CVT

Power: 260 HP

Torque: 277 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy (MPG): 23 city/30 hwy

Towing Capacity: Up to 3,000 lbs.

Model & Trim Availability: Standard on Outback Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, Limited XT, Touring XT

2022 Subaru Outback Interior

2022 Subaru Outback

Size & Cargo Space 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Subaru Forester

Both the 2022 Outback and 2022 Forester comfortably seat five passengers. The utility-based wagon design of the 2022 Outback provides generous cargo-carrying capacity ― 32.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and an impressive 75.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.

The 2022 Forester SUV offers up to 28.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 74.2 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.

2022 Subaru Forester on a snowy pass

2022 Subaru Forester

Safety Options & Features 2022 Subaru Outback vs. 2022 Subaru Forester

If you love a Subaru, you likely appreciate the top safety scores Subaru models consistently achieve. Both the 2022 Outback and 2022 Forester are packed with advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies to help support, alert, and inform you so you can respond quickly and remain in control of your vehicle. The EyeSight® suite of driver assist technologies is standard equipment on all Outback and Forester trims, plus you'll find other standard and available features like high beam assist, brake assist, brake override system, DriverFocus® distraction mitigation system, blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, traction control, a rear vision camera, child LATCH system, comprehensive airbag system, and tire pressure monitoring.

2022 Subaru Outback Interior Dashboard

2022 Subaru Outback

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