2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Subaru Forester
2021 Subaru Outback 2021 Subaru Forester


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.5L 4-Cyl


182 182

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 26/33 *

  Max. Towing Capacity

2,700 lbs. ** 1,500 lbs. **

2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Subaru Forester

Serving Harrisonburg, VA

The Subaru name is synonymous with durability and superior performance, and today’s lineup is loaded with exciting models that all carry those traits. The Outback and the Forester have both been available for more than two decades, and their continued appeal is undeniable. As you prepare for your next Subaru purchase from Bob Wade Auto World, you need to know how the 2021 Outback compares to the 2021 Forester.


The Outback is classified as a wagon, and it is the smaller of these two vehicles. Its lower four trim levels for 2021 receive 182 horsepower from a Boxer 2.5-liter engine. On the other hand, the top three trims are outfitted with a 260-horsepower, Boxer 2.4-liter turbo engine. The Outback’s entry-level powertrain is the only engine offered across the 2021 Forester’s five trim levels. Both models are equipped with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission across the board.


The exterior differences between the Outback and the Forester begin with their body styles and dimensions. While the Outback is a sporty wagon, the Forester is a compact crossover SUV. The wagon has a lower roof with a tapered nose and a long cabin. The Forester, on the other hand, stands taller and has practical ground clearance. Across both models, you can appreciate raised roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, and LED lighting.


You will not be disappointed with the equipment in your new Outback or Forester. There are subtle differences in the availability of some features on a trim-by-trim basis. However, you will see that many desired features are found in both models for 2021. These include assistive EyeSight safety technology, leather material, a Harman Kardon sound system, StarLink, a navigation system, a panoramic moonroof, and more.

Our Bob Wade Autoworld team is waiting to hear from you so that we can share the Outback’s and Forester’s full capabilities with you. Contact our sales department today to continue your comparison with a Forester and Outback test drive.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. For Crosstrek Hybrid, EPA-estimated MPG equivalent on a full battery charge. Actual mileage will vary.