2020 Subaru Forester vs Outback SUV Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Two of the hottest-selling Subaru models, year in and year out, are the Outback and Forester SUVs. For years the Outback has been popular with outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers of all stripes, while the Forester is a great choice for active families. But which one is right for you? Find out below! We're comparing the 2020 Subaru Forester against the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Outback SUV Exterior

It can be difficult to choose between the 2020 Outback and 2020 Forester because they have quite a lot in common, including STARLINK™ infotainment and EyeSight® driver assistance as standard. They're also similar in size. But, once you see them in-person and experience them from behind the wheel, the difference becomes much clearer. So stop by today for your test drive!

Size & Capacity: 2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

To look at them, it's obvious that the Subaru Outback and Forester are very different vehicles -- but, when it comes to their room inside for passengers and cargo, they're actually quite alike. The 2020 Subaru Forester is a touch bigger inside, offering a little bit more cargo space and passenger volume compared to the 2020 Subaru Outback, but the difference is subtle.

However, on the outside, the 2020 Subaru Outback with its elegant, wagon-like shape, is about 10" longer from bumper to bumper compared to its sibling the 2020 Subaru Forester, which is built with an upright profile more like a traditional SUV.

When it comes to towing trailers or campers and enjoying the great outdoors, the 2020 Subaru Forester provides 1,500 pounds of towing capacity. The 2020 Subaru Outback comes standard with a 2,700-pound towing capacity, while XT models get a turbocharged engine capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds.

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2020 Subaru Forester vs Outback SUV Interior

Standard Features: 2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

While the 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard without roof rails and a fixed rear seatback, the 2020 Subaru Outback provides roof rails as standard equipment and the rear seat reclines as standard. For reclining rear seats and roof rails on your 2020 Subaru Forester, you'll want to upgrade to a higher trim level.

Furthermore, to prevent "submarining" beneath the dashboard in an accident, the 2020 Subaru Outback comes with driver and front passenger knee airbags. In the event of a crash, these airbags help keep you positioned properly to withstand the impact. In the 2020 Subaru Forester, only the driver gets a knee airbag.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Outback SUV Features

Performance: 2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

At the entry level, both models are equipped with the same engine delivering a robust 182 horsepower -- but the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback XT models are equipped with a turbocharged engine that delivers 260 horsepower! Cribbed from the three-row Subaru Ascent, this turbocharged BOXER® engine enables a greater towing capacity, quicker acceleration and more power for highway cruising, overlanding and confidence when merging.

While the X-MODE traction optimization technology is standard on the 2020 Subaru Outback for superior control on loose, unpaved and wet terrain, it's an available upgrade on the 2020 Subaru Forester.

Pricing: 2020 Subaru Outback vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

At a starting MSRP that's roughly $2,000 less than that of the 2020 Subaru Outback, the 2020 Subaru Forester is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade to a rugged two-row Subaru SUV. When you need a little bit more standard toughness and features, or demand the available turbocharged engine, the 2020 Subaru Outback is waiting for you at Shingle Springs Subaru.

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The Difference Is Clear At Shingle Springs Subaru

Research pages like these help you discover what makes the new 2020 Subaru models different from one another and what sets them apart from the competition. But perhaps even more important is what makes Shingle Springs Subaru different from everybody else. We've been recognized with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer & Community Commitment Award. That means Subaru has honored us as one of the nation's leading dealerships when it comes to customer service and community involvement. We're a certified Eco-Friendly Retailer, and we're dedicated to keeping California beautiful.

Most importantly, our expert sales team and friendly finance specialists will help you get the price you want on the right Subaru vehicle for your needs! Our customers come first at Shingle Springs Subaru. Come find the perfect Subaru for you and your family and take a test drive at 4045 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle Springs, CA 95682.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Subaru Outback
$24,495Starting MSRP*$26,645
33 Highway/26 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway/26 City
182Standard Horsepower182
AvailableRoof RailsStandard
111.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space109 Cubic Feet
35.4 Cubic FeetCargo Volume32.5 Cubic Feet
76.1 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume75.7 Cubic Feet
StandardEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
AvailableX-MODE® & Hill Descent ControlStandard
1,500 PoundsMax Towing Capacity3,500 Pounds (XT Model)

*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.