Here at our Subaru dealership in Webster, we know the importance of finding a perfect SUV for your adventures. We carry a variety of options that are perfect for every situation but finding the one that is best for you can be a bit of a challenge. Our team is happy to narrow down the selection we have available, so we can match you up with the best fit. Chief among our selection are models like the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester. Both SUV options provide legendary Subaru capability with symmetrical all-wheel drive and interior comfort for everyone to enjoy, but some key differences can help you determine which one fits your needs.

Check out a comparison of the two down below and narrow down the selection to fit you!

The 2020 Subaru Outback vs. the 2020 Subaru Forester


  • Both models are standard with a 2.5-liter DOHC engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Each is also paired with a Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission for a seamless experience as you drive around Webster. If you're looking for a bit more power and capability under the hood, you'll find it with the second available engine in the Outback. Its 2.4-liter turbocharged engine ups the output to 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.
  • If you need to tow a bit, both models can handle smaller loads with ease. The Subaru Outback can tow a maximum of 2,700 while the Forester manages 1,500 pounds
  • Both models are standard with the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, allowing you to take your adventures wherever you want to go without trouble. The X-MODE® feature is available to both lineups, conquering snow, mud, and gravel with ease.

Exterior and Interior Design

    • The Subaru Outback and Forester offer similar-looking designs and sizes, meaning you can expect a similar capability from both. The Outback is longer and wider, which allows Forester drivers to navigate in and out of parking spots with a little bit more ease.
    • Both models are ideal to equip more luggage on the top with roof rails. The Subaru Outback is standard with them, and the Subaru Forester offers raised roof rails to allow you to bring more gear along for your next adventure.
    • The Subaru Outback offers a power moonroof for an open-air experience while the Subaru Forester allows your passengers to enjoy a bit more sunshine with the available panoramic power moonroof.
    • Inside, you'll find plenty of room for five passengers whether you choose the Subaru Outback or the Subaru Forester. Both models offer at least 109 cubic feet of space for everyone to stretch out, with the Forester offering just a bit more space. Either one is perfect as a passenger SUV.
    • If you're looking for a bit more cargo space, the Outback is ideal when you have a full load of passengers than the Forester has. If you fold the back seats down, the Forester is the model you want to handle your camping gear. However, both offer large amounts of space for cargo when compared to other manufacturers.

    Technology and Safety

    • Each SUV offers plenty of technology to ensure you enjoy the ride. The Subaru Outback offers a hands-free power liftgate, while the Forester also offers a power liftgate to make your loading and unloading experience a bit easier.
    • The STARLINK® Multimedia Plus infotainment system is standard to the 2020 Subaru Outback and Forester models, allowing for an innovative experience for you and hour passengers to enjoy. The Outback offers 7.0 and 11.6-inch touchscreens while the Forester offers 6.5 and 8.0-inch touchscreens. Smartphone integration is standard to the lineup and navigation is available to help you find your way.
    • Both Subaru SUV models are standard with the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, ensuring that you'll be able to drive with confidence through heavy traffic and tricky weather conditions. These features include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking system, and lane-keep assist. They also offer similar optional amenities like Reverse Automatic Braking, a feature you won't find in many other comparable models.

    Which is Right for You?

    No matter which model you choose, both the 2020 Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are just right for your lifestyle. We're happy to help you find the perfect match between the two and narrow down the choice for your needs! Stop by today, and we'll walk you through the process!