Which Subaru Is Best for Greensboro Drivers - the Outback or the Forester?

One of the things Greensboro drivers love about Subaru vehicles is that almost all of them come standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive for better traction on slick or muddy roads. They also have EyeSight® driver assist features that help them avoid accidents. The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are two of our better selling models because they're both roomy and easy to drive. Since it can be hard to tell which Subaru vehicle is best suited for your needs, Capital Subaru has built this comparison to help High Point drivers decide.


The 2021 Subaru Outback vs. the 2021 Subaru Forester


One of the biggest differences between the new Subaru Outback and the new Subaru Forester is that the Outback is classified as a wagon, while the Forester is considered a compact SUV. The Outback is about eight inches longer than the Forester, but its shorter in height. Other distinctions between the two include: 

  • Reliability: One of the most important considerations when shopping for a wagon or an SUV is its dependability. People in Reidsville who want a vehicle that will start and run reliably every day will prefer the new Subaru Outback. It earned a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, compared to a two out of five score for the new Subaru Forester.
  • Engine Power and Towing: Both the new Subaru Outback and the new Subaru Forester come standard with a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. However, the Outback also offers a turbocharged 260-horsepower motor while the Forest only has one engine option. People in Greensboro will appreciate that the Outback can tow up to 2,700 pounds when properly equipped. The Forester's maximum towing capacity is only 1,500 pounds.
  • Ride and Handling: When you're not out exploring mountains or canyons, you'll want a vehicle that rides comfortably on paved roads in High Point. Both the new Subaru Forester and the Subaru Outback provide a well-balanced ride and handling, but the Outback has a more car-like ride. The taller Forester has higher ground clearance than the Outback, and it drives more like an SUV than a car.
  • Cargo Space: If you plan to take your Subaru on road trips or camping excursions, you'll want plenty of room for your suitcases or camping equipment. Summerfield drivers will like that the new Subaru Outback has 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats and 75.7 cubic feet with the back row folded flat. The new Subaru Forester has a maximum of 31.1 cubic feet of room behind its rear seats and 76.1 cubic feet of space with the back seats down.
  • Tech Features: Both the new Subaru Forester and the new Subaru Outback come with the Starlink infotainment system and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Outback comes standard with two 7-inch touch screens, while the Forester's base model has a 6.5-inch touch screen. The Forester offers an available Wi-Fi hot spot and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Notable upgrades in the Outback include wireless device charging, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

    Test Drive the 2021 Subaru Outback or 2021 Subaru Forester at Capital Subaru

    Both the new Subaru Outback and the new Subaru Forester have superb off-road capability and comfortable, well-equipped interiors. The Outback is slightly roomier and more powerful, but the Forester's higher ground clearance makes it more proficient at scaling steep hills, fording streams, or crawling through rocky canyons. Capital Subaru has both models for sale at our dealership near High Point. Visit us and test drive the one you like best today.