2018 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback

The vast majority of shoppers who walk into our Tampa area Subaru dealership have a few things in common. Namely, they're looking for a new vehicle that offers style, capability, and the confidence they need to conquer the wet weather we so often encounter on Florida roads.

With standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, Subaru's hatchbacks and SUVs hold a lot of appeal for our shoppers. As a result, the 2018 Forester and 2018 Outback are both very attractive options. The real question is: which model fits your unique needs and style best? While nothing compares to coming in for a few test drives at our Subaru showroom near Tampa, our team is here to shed some light on which features stand out on these two capable models.

2018 Subaru Forester

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The 2018 Forester is a crossover SUV that checks all of the boxes for many shoppers. With a fresh, modern SUV body stye, a lot of our shoppers love this models athletic profile.

Under the hood, the 2018 Forester offers two different engine options. A 2.5L DOHC engine delivers 170 horsepower, 174 lb-ft of torque, and EPA estimates of up to 32 MPG on the highway; a turbocharged 2.0L DOHC turns out 250 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque, and EPA estimates as high as 27 MPG on the highway. A towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs allows you to bring extra gear or toys along on your adventures, as well.

In the cabin, 38 inches of rear legroom makes it easy for your passengers to settle in. The rear seat also folds flat, allowing you to expand the cargo area from 34.4 cubic feet to a sprawling 74.7 cubic feet.

2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback 

Two engine options are available in the 2018 Outback, as well. While the 2.5L DOHC checks in with comparable figures at 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, an available 3.6L DOHC turns out 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The two engines earn EPA estimates of up to 32 MPG and 27 MPG, respectively, perfectly matching the 2018 Forester's ratings.

One big difference, though, is the 2018 Outback's towing capacity. With a maximum rating of 2,700 lbs for either engine, this bold hatchback is ready to bring more along for the ride.

Passenger space is comparable, with 38.1 inches of rear legroom. The maximum cargo area is slightly smaller than that of the 2018 Forester, though, with the 2018 Outback checking in at 35.5 cubic feet with the seats in place and 73.3 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.

All told, the big decision will come down to towing capacity and which body style you prefer. Whether it's an SUV or a hatchback that's calling your name, we suggest taking a few test drives before deciding! Be sure to contact us online or to call the Mastro Subaru of Tampa team at (888) 859-6539 today!

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