Subaru is known for vehicles that are incredibly reliable, luxurious, comfortable and above all, economical to drive. There are many factors that go into a car's fuel economy which stretch far beyond the EPA-estimated rating; that being said, the EPA is generally quite good at rating vehicles.

The 2017 Subaru Forester and the 2017 Subaru Outback are two excellent SUVs that are among the highest performing in their class. If you are wondering about the gas mileage Forester vs. Outback and live in Freehold, Manalapan, Marlboro or Englishtown, learn about what goes into fuel economy, and what the differences are for fuel economy between Forester and Outback vehicles.

Gas Mileage Forester vs. Outback  

There are a number of factors that go into determining the difference in gas mileage Forester vs. Outback. These include things like air volume displacement, vehicle weight, power distribution, and aerodynamics, among other factors.

Air Volume Displacement

Air volume displacement is the amount of air your engine takes in during a single revolution. In general, it's described in a factor of liters. If you've heard, for example, that the 2017 Subaru Forester has a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, that means its air displacement is 2 liters per rotation of the engine. Likewise, the Outback has a 2.5 liter engine, which means it takes in 2.5 liters per revolution.

Vehicle Weight

Put simply, the heavier your vehicle is, the less gas mileage it generally will get. For example, the base curb weight of the 2017 Subaru Outback, depending on outfitting and options, ranges between 3,580 and 3,856 lbs. The Forester, by comparison, weighs between around 3,300 and about 3,700 lbs.

Power Distribution

Power distribution measures how good your car's transmission is at transferring the power the engine puts out to the four wheels. This is usually determined by the number of gears the transmission has. Both the Subaru Outback and the Forester perform very closely to one another in this respect. The 2017 Forester and the Outback both use a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, to constantly adjust the ideal power rating and delivery from the engine to the wheels.


Aerodynamics refers to the general profile and shape of the car. It's the vehicle's overall ability to cut through the air efficiently. When a vehicle moves along the road, it creates drag, which means the force the surrounding air puts on the car to stop it from moving-the reaction against the vehicle's action. A car that is shaped aerodynamically cuts through resistance better.

Fuel Economy between Forester and Outback

Fuel economy between Forester and Outback models is actually quite similar. The Subaru Forester achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon in the city, and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Meanwhile, the Subaru Outback achieves up to 25 miles per gallon in the city, and 32 miles per gallon on the highway according to EPA estimates.

Regardless of which model you choose, you're sure to get a great driving experience and outstanding mileage out of a tank of gas. If you live in the area of Freehold, Manalapan, Marlboro and Englishtown, stop into Freehold Subaru to test drive one of these great SUVs today! Contact us today for more information!  


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