Subaru Outback or Subaru Forester - Which New Subaru SUV is For You?

When comparing vehicles like the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Subaru Outback, there are many similarities, but also a few differences that are going to make one model a better option for some than the other. AT Stanley Subaru, we want to help you make an easy and educated decision about which new Subaru SUV is right for you. That's why we're going to compare the new 2021 Forester and Outback, highlighting the key differences between the two to help drivers from all over Wantagh answer the question of whether the Outback or the Forester is the right vehicle for them.

Vehicle Comparison

2021 Subaru Forester 2021 Subaru Outback
Fuel Economy 26 / 33 / 29 MPG 26 / 33 / 29 MPG.
Fuel Capacity 16.6 gal. 18.5 gal.
Cargo Space  28.9 cu. ft. 32.5 cu. ft.
Seating Capacity  5 5
Front Head Room 40.2 in. 40.1 in.
Rear Head Room 37.7 in. 39.1 in.
Length  182.1 in.                        191.3 in.

Performance and Capability

Engine Options

Both the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback come equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 182-horsepower and 176 pounds-feet of torque, while both delivering 29 mpg combined city and highway fuel economy to help you have more fun on your trips around Massapequa and also save at the pump.

However, there's only one engine offered throughout the lineup of new 2021 Subaru Forester models. If you need more strength under the hood, the 2021 Outback offers an available 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 260-horsepower and 277 pounds-feet of torque, providing you with a stronger and sportier performance to make every outing in Nassau County more engaging and enjoyable.

Towing Ability

The new 2021 Subaru Forester allows you to tow up to 1,500 pounds on all models, which is plenty enough for a smaller trailer or boat. If you want the vehicle that can handle all your towing needs around Suffolk County, look to the Outback. The Outback offers 2,700 pounds of standard towing, with up to 3,500 pounds of maximum towing, allowing you to bring your boats, trailers, campers, and more along for the ride with you.

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Both the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Subaru Outback come equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, actively sending power to the wheels with the most traction to deliver optimal control and handling on any surface. The difference between the two, though, is that the Outback also comes with standard X-MODE®, an engine control system that controls engine output, all-wheel drive torque split, transmission, and braking to take on even the most rugged terrain and steepest inclines.

Pricing and Size


The Subaru Forester is available at a lower starting price than the Outback is. The Forester starts at under $25,000 while the Outback starts at under $27,000. This price difference is attributed to the Outback being larger and offering slightly more standard equipment than the Forester.


Both the Subaru Forester and Outback are similar in size. The Forester offers more passenger volume than the Outback does with 111.9 cubic feet compared to 105.6 in the Outback. The Outback, however, delivers more cargo space than the Forester does with 32.5 cubic feet compared to 31.1 cubic feet in the Forester. The Outback is longer than the Forester, but the Forester is taller.

Technology and Safety Features

Both the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback come equipped with a Starlink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The difference between the two systems is the size of the touchscreen they're displayed on. The Forester offers either a standard 6.5-inch or available 8-inch touchscreen display. The Outback offers a standard 7-inch or available 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen display that looks and performs just like a tablet.

Both vehicles come equipped with an Eyesight Driver Assist Technology system, featuring pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, LED steering responsive headlights, and more, allowing you to drive with complete confidence everywhere you go around Long Island knowing that your vehicle is looking out for you.

Learn More About the New Lineup of Outback and Forester Models Today

The best way to find out whether the new 2021 Outback or Forester model is right for you is to visit us at Hassett Subaru to see all our new Subaru models in person and test drive a new Outback and Forester model for yourself.

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    Wantagh, Long Island, NY 11793

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