Subaru is known as one of the most reliable vehicle manufacturers out there. Their vehicles last a long time, perform great, are comfortable and come with a solid warranty. With the SUV craze still in full force, Subaru has two great offerings in this area: the Outback and the Forester.

While both are outstanding sport utility vehicles, drivers in the Freehold, Englishtown, Manalapan and Marlboro regions may want more information to make the best choice for their daily needs. Check out a direct side-by-side breakdown of the features in the 2018 Subaru Outback vs Forester and choose the best SUV for you!

Subaru Outback vs Forester - Design

First let's focus on what's new with the 2018 Subaru Outback and the 2018 Subaru Forester. Both vehicles bring a range of new tweaks to the table this year.

The Forester gives you a new Black Edition trim package which gives some new appearance tweaks. There's also some additions to the Limited trim, and new technology in terms of the EyeSight safety package as a standard equipment on the Touring trim, as well as automatic reverse braking and automatic high beams.

For the Outback you get a range of shifts and tweaks this year. There's a minor styling update resulting in more aggressive lines. You get LED daytime running lights, a new side mirror design which will reduce cabin noise, a new infotainment system with full app integration, and a new steering wheel and console design.

Size and Driving Difference

The Forester is a compact crossover, which means it has a more wagon-like aesthetic and feel, while the Outback is a midsized crossover which gives you a more rugged feel you might expect from an SUV. The Forester offers a higher perch, while the Outback offers a smooth ride, and handling akin to European designs.

Both are around the same in terms of EPA-estimated fuel economy, delivering around 22-25 mpg on the city and 29-32 on the highway. The lower range is for the outback, with the higher range for the Forester. The ride quality is superior with both, but the longer wheelbase on the Outback gives a bit more stability.


Subaru drivers love their aesthetic and style, and both the Outback and the Forester deliver in this area in a big way. The Outback gets a new style upgrade to make it look sleeker and more aggressive, and the Forester maintains its strong lines, with the new Black Edition taking it to even greater heights of driving experience.

Take a Test Drive at Freehold Subaru

If you happen to be in the Englishtown, Marlboro, Freehold or Manalapan areas and you want to check out the 2018 Subaru Forester or the 2018 Subaru Outback for yourself, stop into Freehold Subaru. We've got a full range of these great SUVs in stock, and we're ready to get you behind the wheel. Give us a call or visit our showroom to find your next dream crossover sport utility vehicle today!

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