2021 Subaru Forester Limited vs 2021 Subaru Outback Touring Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

Everyone knows that Subaru consistently delivers tougher, sturdier, more reliable SUVs than the competition. From exceptional exterior design to award-winning safety, Subaru is everything you need in a vehicle. We know that finding the perfect vehicle can be intimidating  and that's why the friendly, knowledgeable team at Shingle Springs Subaru is here to help you. Keep reading to learn the differences and similarities between the 2021 Subaru Forester and 2021 Subaru Outback to see which one fits your needs perfectly. When you've found the one you can't live without, contact our dealership in Shingle Springs, CA.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback: Size & Utility

The 2021 Subaru Forester has the most passenger volume in its class with a whopping 111.9 cubic feet. With over three feet of front and rear leg room, everyone can join your adventure. And nothing has to be left behind with the Forester's spacious cargo area. The higher trim levels boast 70.9 available cubic feet of space with the rear seat down while the entry-level provides 76.1 cubic feet. And if that's not enough room, the 2021 Subaru Forester can tow up to 1500 lbs!

In comparison, the 2021 Subaru Outback 109 cubic feet of passenger volume offers more than enough room for your friends and family. Upgrade to a higher trim level and you still get 106.5 cubic feet of room, even with the available moonroof. The Outback provides plenty of room for every adult in your party with 39.5 inches of rear leg room. With the rear seat folded down you'll find 75.7 cubic feet of cargo room. This iconic adventure wagon also offers a maximum towing capacity of 2,700 lbs.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback: Features & Technology

The 2021 Subaru Forester has a starting MSRP that's slightly less than the 2021 Subaru Outback, however both of these incredible SUVs host a bevy of attractive features. LED Steering Responsive Headlights come standard on both models and LED fog lights come standard on the Subaru Outback while being available on the higher trim levels for the Subaru Forester.

Features such as heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed upholstery are available on the higher trim levels of the 2021 Subaru Forester. The 2021 Subaru Outback offers all of those options on the upper trim levels as well.  Both the 2021 Forester and Outback offer heated seats and dual-zone climate control at higher trim levels. Ventilated seats are available on both trim levels of the Subaru Outback Touring models.

The 2021 Subaru Forester has the STARLINK® multimedia center with a standard 6.5-inch display. The higher trim levels have an 8-inch display with available navigation. The standard multimedia display in the 2021 Subaru Outback has dual 7-inch touchscreens, but you can upgrade to tablet-size display of 11.6-inches with available voice control.

Performance: 2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback

Both the 2021 Subaru Forester and Outback come standard with the power of a 2.5L BOXER® 4-cylinder engine, paired with Subaru's trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive. They both produce 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque. If you're looking for more of a kick, upgrade the Subaru Outback to the 2.4L turbocharged engine for 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque. The Subaru Forester's higher trim levels now offer continuously variable transmission with available 7-speed manual mode.

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2021 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback: Safety

The 2021 Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback have both earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Top Safety Pick+ to the Subaru Outback while the Forester earned a Top Safety Pick from them. Both SUVs come standard with the Subaru EyeSight® array of camera-based safety features such as the pre-collision braking system, lane sway warning, and Lane Departure.

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Choose the Best Value Vehicle for Your Family at Shingle Springs Subaru

If you're looking for a vehicle that's as stylish as it is sensible, the 2021 Subaru Forester is the one for you. At a starting MSRP of just $24,795, you get award winning safety and relaxed handling. On the other hand, if you desire a more rugged, formidable vehicle with plenty of cargo space, slide behind the driver's seat of the 2021 Subaru Outback. Starting at an MSRP of $26,795, it's the perfect vehicle for every family adventure. Come see your friendly team at Shingle Springs Subaru today to see all of our great models in person!

2021 Subaru Forester2021 Subaru Outback
$24,795Starting MSRP* $26,795
182Standard Horsepower182
176Standard Torque (lb.-ft.)176
None AvailableEngine Upgrade260-hp Turbo Engine
1,500Towing Capacity (lbs.)2,700 (Standard Engine) / 3,500 (Upgraded Engine)
111.9Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)109
31.1 Standard / 76.1 MaximumCargo Capacity (cu. ft.)32.5 Standard / 75.7 Maximum
6.5" TouchscreenStandard InfotainmentDual 7" Touchscreens
Available UpgradeHigh Beam AssistStandard Feature
Available UpgradeRoof RailsStandard Feature

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.