"What is the difference between the Forester and the Outback" is the most common question we hear at Planet. Outback is Subaru's number one seller, and Forester number two. Outback is a longer, more substantial vehicle--a "midsize crossover" where Forester is a "compact crossover." Outback looks and feels more like a wagon, Forester looks and feels more like a small sport utility vehicle.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at Subaru, whose Outback wagon and Forester compact SUV are, in many ways, direct competitors. They aren’t in the same class, but it would be easy to get overwhelmed by comparing these two vehicles on the showroom floor.
The Outback is Subaru's number one seller, and Forester is a close second. The Outback is a longer, more substantial vehicle, a "midsize crossover," whereas the Forester is a "compact crossover." The Outback looks and feels more like a wagon; the Forester looks and feels more like a small sport utility vehicle.
The Forester's available 2.0XT model is powered by a 250 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-4 with 258 lb-ft of torque. On the Outback, a 3.6R model is powered by a 256-hp, 247-lb-ft 3.6-liter flat-6. Between the Forester 2.0XT and the Outback 3.6R, the Forester is quicker and stops shorter than the Outback.
Outback is considerably larger inside.108.1 cubic ft vs 103.3 cu. ft. Outback is almost two inches wider. Outback is over eight inches longer. Forester is two inches taller.
Outback has had a CVT auto transmission for several years now while the Forester up to 2013 has used a conventional but dated 4 speed auto. The new 2014 Foresters now come with the newer CVT which improves mileage.
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Transmission differences between the Forester and Outback: The Forester uses a 4-speed automatic transmission. Beginning with the 2010 model year, the 4-cylinder Outback uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which has no gears.