When you think of Subaru, chances are two of the brand’s most recognizable crossover SUV models come to mind: the Forester and the Outback. You know the names, but what’s the difference between the two? Both are efficient, outdoorsy, and versatile. But is one better than the other?

Parkway Subaru is your go-to for all things Subaru, so we won’t leave you hanging in suspense. We’ve pitted the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Subaru Outback head-to-head, category by category. The results below might surprise you.

Square Off: The 2018 Subaru Outback vs. The 2018 Forester

Comfort & Convenience

Advantage: The Forester

The Forester edges out the Outback thanks to some fine-tuning. While the Outback has a roomy cabin in its own right, the Forester offers slightly better passenger volume. But the real difference is in the details. With available features like a power panoramic sunroof and heated steering wheel, the Forester gets the nod.


Advantage: The Outback

This one’s tough. Both the Forester and the Outback share standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a seamless Lineartronic® CVT transmission, and a base SUBARU BOXER® engine that’s capable of an estimated 32 mpg of fuel economy on the highway. But the Outback takes this matchup with more horsepower on its highest trim.

To see the 2018 Outback in action, watch the video below:


Advantage: Tie

It’s a toss-up. Both the Forester and the Outback come with a bevy of safety features. EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is standard on both models. And if that’s not enough, Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are available on both SUVs — making this matchup a take-your-pick.

To learn more about EyeSight® Driver Assist, watch the video below:


Advantage: The Outback

The numbers don’t lie: the Forester has a maximum cargo capacity of 74.4 cu ft. Compare that to the 73.3 cu. ft. offered by the Outback, and you don’t have a real advantage. But 1,200 lbs. more in towing capacity is enough for the Outback to win this category.

Compare Subaru SUVs in Wilmington, NC

The verdict: it’s too close to call. While the Outback might win by a nose in more of the above categories, both these SUVs are great choices in the Wilmington and Jacksonville areas. At Parkway Subaru, we carry an extensive selection of each. Browse our available new inventory online or come in for a test drive at our dealership to decide for yourself.