Compare 2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Subaru Forester
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester CVT 26 33 $23,375 $24,795
Forester Limited CVT 26 33 $29,337 $31,395
Forester Premium CVT 26 33 $26,120 $27,795
Forester Sport CVT 26 33 $27,591 $29,395
Forester Touring CVT 26 33 $32,541 $34,895
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Outback CVT 26 33 $25,187 $26,795
Outback Limited CVT 26 33 $31,451 $33,595
Outback Limited XT CVT 23 30 $35,451 $37,995
Outback Onyx Edition XT CVT 23 30 $32,875 $35,145
Outback Premium CVT 26 33 $27,318 $29,045
Outback Touring CVT 26 33 $35,034 $37,495
Outback Touring XT CVT 23 30 $37,240 $39,945
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,375
$25,187
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,795
$26,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$413 / month
$447 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
A recent Best Car To Buy winner, the 2021 Subaru Forester notches big wins in utility and safety as one of our most recommended crossover SUVs. The 2021 Subaru Outback hangs on to its remarkably rugged stance as it grows more refined than ever.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
111.9 109
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 40.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.6 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 39.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 42.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.1 108.1
Liftover Height (in)
28.4 28.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 73
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
182.1 191.3
Height, Overall (in)
67.5 66.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
31.1 32.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
43.3 43.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
70.3 75
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.1 32.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
51.2 45.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
74.3 75.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
35.7 42
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 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)
11.6 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)
16.6 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.1
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/60HR17 P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60HR17 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)
3449 3635
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
176 @ 4400 176 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 5800 182 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded H-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 26
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.70 3.90
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.69 4.38
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 0.67
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.60 - 0.75 4.07 - 0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.56
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
6.1 6.1
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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2021 Subaru Forester
  • 2021 Forester stocked to meet demand
  • Lease: From $229 for 36 months
  • Rebates: No factory rebate; dealer discounting possible
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 36 months
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2021 Subaru Outback
  • 2021 Outback selection healthy; 2022s coming soon
  • Lease: From $249 for 36 months
  • Rebates: None, shop dealers for best pricing
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 48 months
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