2020 Subaru Forester and a 2020 Subaru Outback parked in the desert

If you are in the market for a five-passenger SUV, you might be wondering about the differences between the 2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Subaru Outback. Both these Subaru models have a lot to offer, and the differences aren't that great. We will perform a complete Forester vs. Outback comparison so you can determine which model is best for you.

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Highlights | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Subaru Forester is spacious and provides good fuel economy, while the 2020 Subaru Outback has a high-end interior and is prepared to go off-road.

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Price | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Subaru Forester MSRP is $24,500, while the Outback starts at $26,645. Both of these are a reasonable price considering the performance and features included.

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Changes | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Subaru Forester added some standard safety features such as the rear-seat reminder and lane-centering system. In comparison, the 2020 Subaru Outback was completely redesigned with changes to the powertrain, styling, and features.

Trim Levels | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Each model offers a variety of trim levels.

2020 Subaru Forester

  • Base | $24,495
  • Premium | $27,395
  • Sport | $28,995
  • Limited | $31,095
  • Touring | $34,595

2020 Subaru Outback

  • Base | $24,495
  • Premium | $28,895
  • Limited | $33,445
  • Touring | $37,345

Hybrid/Plug-In Hybrid | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Neither the 2020 Subaru Forester nor the Outback models are available as a hybrid. However, you might be interested in the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid instead.

MPG & Fuel Tank Capacity | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Both Subaru SUVs with the base engine is rated at 26/33 mpg. However, the Outback with the turbocharged engine produces 23/30 mpg instead. The 2020 Subaru Forester has a 16.6-gallon fuel tank, and the Outback's tank measures 18.5 gallons.

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Performance | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Both Subaru models feature a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine, all-wheel-drive, plus a CVT. However, the Outback also has an optional 260-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged engine too.

Interior dashboard comparison between the Forester and the Outback

Towing Capacity | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

When properly equipped, the Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds, while the Outback tows up to 3,500 pounds.

Interior Design | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Subaru Forester has a total interior volume of 140.8 cubic feet, while the Outback is slightly larger at 141.5 cubic feet.

Cargo Space | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

You also get more cargo space with the 2020 Subaru Forester. These models contain 35.4 cubic feet of space behind the back seats, with 76.1 total cubic feet. The Outback contains 32.5 cubic feet of space behind the back seats, with a total of 75.7 cubic feet.

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Seating | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Both of these Subaru SUVs contain room to hold five occupants comfortably.

Interior design and seating of the 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Dimensions | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Subaru Forester dimensions measure 182″ L x 71″ W x 68″ H, while the Outback measures 191″ L x 73″ W x 66″ H.

Technology & Amenities | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

Both Subaru SUVs have a lot of interior amenities to offer. You get a standard 6.5-inch touch screen, two USB ports, satellite radio, a four-speaker sound system, and HD Radio with the Forester models. Plus, the Outback comes complete with a dual-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Exterior | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Subaru Forester is smaller overall and comes with either 17- or 18-inch wheels. The 2020 Subaru Outback is longer and features a larger design, plus it also comes with either 17- or 18-inch wheels. The Outback also has a wider stance, making it appear slightly more aggressive.

Color Options | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

You can choose either model with a variety of color options.

2020 Subaru Forester:

  • Interior: Gray or Black
  • Exterior: Crystal Black Silica, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl, and Ice Silver Metallic

2020 Subaru Outback:

  • Interior: Slate Black
  • Exterior: Abyss Blue Pearl, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl

A Subaru Forester and Outback driving away

Reviews & Ratings | 2020 Subaru Forester vs. Outback

The 2020 Forester earned the Top Safety Pick+ label from the IIHS, plus has an NHTSA five-star rating. In comparison, the 2020 Subaru Outback also received a perfect five-star rating. Both of these models put a strong emphasis on safety.

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At Phil Long, we have a variety of used Subaru Forester models for sale. You can search our online inventory to find the pre-owned Forester that fits your needs.

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At Phil Long, we also have the used Subaru Outback for sale. If you want a pre-owned Outback, schedule your test drive today.

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