2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Outback
2020 Subaru Forester 2020 Subaru Outback


2.5L 4-cyl 2.5L 4-cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

2020 Subaru Forester vs 2020 Subaru Outback

Serving Charlottesville, VA

Subaru cars and SUVs are rightfully known for their appealing styling and multi-functionality as urban and adventure vehicles. While many models on the market today accommodate these needs to varying degrees, you may understandably have been frustrated by the limited selection available that delivers fully on all fronts until you reviewed the Subaru line. The 2020 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover SUV that features significant improvements from a generational update during the last model year. It also boasts a few new features for the current model year. The 2020 Outback is another popular choice. This wagon is the first in the model’s sixth generation, and it delivers appealing updates throughout. These are both smart picks, but closer comparison helps you to identify their differences that influence your selection.


All five trims for the 2020 Subaru Forester are equipped with a BOXER 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission. With this combination, you can appreciate 182 horsepower. The lower trim levels of the 2020 Outback also have this same powertrain, and the two top options carry a turbocharged variation with 260 horsepower. Both of these popular Subaru models come with dynamic torque vectoring, intelligent drive, symmetrical all-wheel drive, X-Mode, and other exceptional performance-bolstering features.


The 2020 Subaru Forester and the 2020 Outback have both recently been updated, so they have smooth, modern styling from bumper to bumper. Because the Forester is a crossover SUV, it has more girth and height. The Outback wagon has tapered, lower profile. Some of their shared features include a power liftgate, remote locking, power windows, a power and tilting sunroof, heated side mirrors with power mirrors, LED taillights and headlights, foglamps, and more.


The new Outback and Forester models are both offered in several desirable and well-equipped trims, and their features are progressively refined as you step up to higher trims. Equipment that promises to delight you across both of these models in select or all trims include premium cloth seating or leather trim, reclining rear seatbacks, a standard audio system or a Harman Kardon premium sound system, a push-button ignition, a STARLINK multimedia system, a heated steering wheel with multiple mounted functions, assistive safety features, USB ports, a multi-zone auto temperature control system, a navigation system and other features.

Are you still wondering whether you should take home the 2020 Outback or the 2020 Forester? At Umansky Subaru, your satisfaction is our primary concern, and we will actively assist with your comparison of these two options and their many trims. Drop by Umansky Subaru soon to view these models in person and to compare trims with a test drive.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.