It makes quite a few SUVs and wagons that all seem to do the same things very well. Two of the most similar include the . These two SUVs have similar prices, similar dimensions and similar missions. But which is bigger, faster, or more expensive?
The Outback is bigger than the Forester, but just barely
The is bigger, but just barely. It is 191.1 inches long and 73 inches wide. While these numbers are hard to visualize, they do mean that front and rear legroom is generous for five passengers. It can also hold 75.6 cubic feet of luggage.
it received a styling update in 2022, so it won’t get any changes for 2023, and virtually every size is within an inch or two of that Outback. It is 182.7 inches long and 71.5 inches wide. It has very similar headroom and legroom dimensions, but its cargo area only holds 69.1 cubic feet of stuff.
Which is faster, a Subaru Outback or Forester
The 2023 Outback comes with . The standard engine is a 2.5-liter, 182-horsepower four-cylinder. The optional engine is a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 260 horsepower and outperforms the Forester by far. Both engines mate to a CVT automatic with an 8-step manual mode linked to the paddle shifters. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The Forester, however, only comes with the 182-horsepower four-cylinder. It can only tow 1,500 pounds, thanks to the CVT. Both SUVs come standard with Subaru’s all-wheel drive system. However, it comes to 2023.
Which is more expensive, a Subaru Outback or Forester
Pricing for the 2023 Forester starts at $26,395. The new Wilderness trim adds some off-road goodies to the Forester, like an additional 0.5 inch of big headroom, longer shocks and springs, as well as all-terrain Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires for $34,020. When you really want to upgrade your Forester, though, the $36,495 Touring model adds the full list of options, including gesture-control capability for climate control and black leather or saddlebag with 10-way driver’s seat, a starting at $36,495.
The 2023 Outback is more expensive, starting at $28,395. While that version is well-equipped, the Premium at $30,695 comes with more things people want, like the bigger screen, dual-zone climate control, and several charging ports, including USB-C and USB-A. The $39,695 Outback Limited XT and Touring trims include the 260-horsepower engine, navigation, and even a heated steering wheel.