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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 Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
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
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.3 108.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
38 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
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
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
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
Front Tire Size
P225/55HR18 P225/65HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55HR18 P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 2700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 270
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 270
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3653 3622
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 17 X 7
Engine
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2000 174 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 4.11
Trans Type
8 6
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Subaru Outback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
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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