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2018 Subaru Forester


2018 Subaru Outback

22 city / 28 hwy

Fuel Economy

25 city / 35 hwy
170 hp


175 hp
174 lb-ft


174 lb-ft

Serving Duluth, Atlanta, and Johns Creek, GA

Crossovers are a popular choice among those who want a vehicle that combines utility and drivability with the latest features. Subaru has two great options to choose from in this category: the Forester, a compact SUV, and the Outback, an iconic wagon, both of which accommodate five passengers. If you're considering a Subaru crossover, here's what you need to know about how the 2018 Subaru Forester and Outback compare to one another.


The 2018 Subaru Outback is equipped with either a 165-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 256-hp 3.6-liter V6. You'll get an EPA-estimated 25 city / 32 highway miles per gallon with the base engine or 20 city / 27 highway mpg with the V6. Both Subaru engines are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic.

In the Forester, you can choose between either a 170-hp four-cylinder or a 250-hp V6. Both Forester engines are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, which operates like an automatic. The base engine gets 26 city / 32 highway miles per gallon, compared with 23 city / 27 highway with the V6.

Both vehicles are well-equipped for off-roading adventures, featuring standard all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.


The interior of the 2018 Subaru Forester is equipped with a 6.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and a rearview camera. New for the 2018 Subaru Outback, you'll find all that plus an updated version of the StarLink infotainment system that supports smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Both Subaru crossovers can be upgraded with high-end amenities like a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, adaptive headlights, a larger touchscreen, and premium Harman Kardon audio. The Outback is also available with a proximity key and push-button start.


Both the 2018 Subaru Forester and Outback offer an impressive suite of high-tech driver assistance features. Subaru's standard EyeSight system combines lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and a feature that alerts you if the car in front of you has moved at a red light. Additional safety options include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams.

Whether you're still choosing between the Forester and the Outback or you've already decided, we'll be happy to help at Subaru of Gwinnett. Visit us today to test drive the 2018 models of both.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.