Since the initial release of the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Outback, many car owners have noticed that the two models share an uncanny physical resemblance. However, beyond the exterior design, the two vehicles also share similar features and highlights that overlap in some areas, too. As a result, consumers in the market looking to purchase a new Subaru vehicle often have trouble deciding which model to purchase.

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Interested to learn more about the 2018 Subaru Forester and the Outback? Check out our comprehensive car comparison review which highlights the key features and differences of the two models:

Interior/Exterior Comparison

Otherwise known as the compact SUV that simply fits, the 2018 Subaru Forester boasts an unbeatable combination of all-road/all-weather capability, superior reliability, exceptional value and sheer driving enjoyment. Featuring a muscular exterior design with a bold front fascia, tail lights and alloy wheels, the Forester’s impressive outward appearance is just a small taste of the vehicle’s remarkable capability.

Beyond that, the Subaru’s lofty ground clearance also allows the vehicle to manoeuvre around tight spaces and clear obstacles (including snow and dirt) without an issue. Offering an impressive 34.4 cubic feet of trunk space with 5 passengers on board, the Outback takes its one step further, beating the Forester’s truck space by a mere 1.1 cubic feet.

Clocking in at 35.5 cubic feet of trunk space with 5 passengers, the 2018 Subaru Outback features the same amount of leg room as the Forester, while also sporting 1.6 to 2 inches of extra hip room and shoulder room. Measuring in at 189.9 inches from bumper to bumper, the 2018 Outback is one of the most desirable midsize SUV alternatives in the market today. Equipped to handle all of life’s adventures, the Outback features impressive refinement, incredible utility, and dynamite infotainment systems within to enhance your driving experience no matter where life takes you.

Engine and Fuel Economy Comparison

Both the 2018 Forester and the 2018 Outback feature a 2.5-liter base engine with optional engine upgrades available. While 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, the Outback 2.6R model is powered by a 256-hp, 247-lb-ft 3.6-liter flat-6.

Both vehicles also boast impressive EPA ratings of 28 mpg combined city/highway for fuel efficiency. However, while the Outback features a 25/32 mpg rating, the Forester just beats the Outback at 1 mpg with a 26/32 mpg city/highway rating.

Safety Comparison

For over 60 years now, Subaru vehicles have been known to offer superior levels of protection through the use of their technologically advanced active and passive safety systems. Regularly receiving the highest possible ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it’s no surprise that both the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Subaru Outback are 2018 IIHS Top Safety Picks.

Equipped with the latest safety technology, standard safety features of the Outback and the Forester include:

  • EyeSight® Advanced Driver Assist System
  • High Beam Assist
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)
  • Rearview Camera
  • Auto-Dimming Side Mirror with Approach Lighting
  • Steering Responsive Headlights/ Fog Lights
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with Active Torque Vectoring
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Price Comparison

Starting at an MSRP of only $25,995, the 2018 Subaru Forester base model in Canada checks out at a very affordable price point for car owners looking to purchase or finance a compact SUV. However, for those looking to upgrade to an affordable midsize SUV alternative, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the perfect option starting at just $29,295 MSRP for the base model.

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