Compare 2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Forester
2018 Subaru Outback
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2.0XT Premium CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 2.0XT Premium CVT 23 27 $27,607 $29,495
Forester 2.0XT Touring CVT 23 27 $33,675 $36,090
Forester 2.5i CVT 26 32 $22,455 $23,795
Forester 2.5i Limited CVT 26 32 $27,505 $29,395
Forester 2.5i Manual 22 28 $21,547 $22,795
Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition CVT 26 32 $25,634 $27,345
Forester 2.5i Premium Black Edition w/EyeSight CVT 26 32 $26,657 $28,540
Forester 2.5i Premium CVT 26 32 $24,649 $26,195
Forester 2.5i Premium Manual 22 28 $24,215 $25,695
Forester 2.5i Touring CVT 26 32 $30,887 $33,090
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2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback 2.5i 25 32 $24,360 $25,895
Outback 2.5i Limited 25 32 $30,623 $32,695
Outback 2.5i Premium 25 32 $26,351 $27,995
Outback 2.5i Touring 25 32 $34,111 $36,490
Outback 3.6R Limited 20 27 $33,064 $35,395
Outback 3.6R Touring 20 27 $36,089 $38,690

Pricing

Invoice Price

$27,607
$24,360

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$29,495
$25,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$492 / month
$432 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.7
7.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money. Unless you really need three rows of seats, the 2018 Subaru Outback is the sensible SUV alternative.

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Fuel Economy

City

23 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 32 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.3 108.1

Front Hip Room (in)

53.9 55.5

Second Leg Room (in)

38 38.1

Front Head Room (in)

40 40.8

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

53 55

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57 58.1

Second Head Room (in)

37.5 38.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.5 57.3

Front Leg Room (in)

43 42.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.1 62.2

Wheelbase (in)

103.9 108.1

Liftover Height (in)

28.6 27.9

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.7 72.4

Track Width, Front (in)

60.9 61.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.7 8.7

Length, Overall (in)

181.5 189.6

Height, Overall (in)

68.2 66.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

31.5 35.5

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

42.2 42.5

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

71.9 77.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

31.5 35.5

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

45.9 46.3

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

31.9 32.5

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

68.5 73.3

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

37.1 41.8

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.9 11.8

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.4 12.4

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

15.9 18.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.8 36.1

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P225/55HR18 P225/65HR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/55HR18 P225/65HR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2700

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2700

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

1500 2700

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 270

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 270

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3653 3622

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7 17 X 7

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

258 @ 2000 174 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

250 @ 5600 175 @ 5800

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded H-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

25 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 32

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

23 25

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.11 4.11

Trans Type

8 6

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.66 -

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.35 3.67

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.80 -

Trans Description Cont.

CVT w/OD CVT w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.50 - 0.98 3.58 - 0.62

Summary

Vehicle Name

Subaru Forester Subaru Outback

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Double Wishbone Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Double Wishbone Double Wishbone

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.0 6.3

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 490

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 110

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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