New Outback vs. Forester

Compare the Subaru Outback and Forester in Keene

If you're in the market for a new Subaru vehicle, then you've probably already considered two of the brand's most prominent models, the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback. Both of these vehicles are great for families and commuters alike, with responsive drives and plenty of space. At Subaru of Keene, we give you all the information you need to make the right decision for your lifestyle.

Power and Performance

Both vehicles come standard with All-Wheel Drive, so you can stay confident on the Brattleboro roads. The Outback's standard engine is a little more powerful than the Forester's and that translates to a more exciting ride on the base model. The Forester gets excellent fuel economy, though and beats out the Outback when it comes to city mileage.

The Outback also has stronger towing capabilities with a maximum of 2,700 lbs. against 1,500 lbs., in case you need to tow small loads for a work weekend. If you're looking for a manual transmission, only the Forester offers one as an option.


The Outback has more standard comfort features like illuminated vanity mirrors, a remote trunk release, and a luggage rack, but the Forester brings some extra technology features with a hands-free communications system, an available premium sound system, and more. Both vehicles come standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibilities.


Both vehicles are excellent for hauling gear, and the Outback has about an extra cubic foot of cargo room in the trunk, but the Forester has more room if you put the back seat down. Both vehicles have plenty of space for passengers so you can drive in comfort around Peterborough.

Ultimately, these are both great vehicles with similar capabilities, what it will all come down to is likely the Outback's performance, the Forester's efficiency, and your preference for their unique styles.

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