2016 Subaru Outback Vs 2016 Subaru Forester

One of the biggest news when it comes to Subaru line up in 2016 model year is that almost all of its vehicles will be based on one platform. This will make them even more similar to one another then before. Still each model will come with some unique interior, exterior and performance features and in this article we will compare the two best selling vehicles from this range, both competing in the crossover class. The 2016 Subaru Outback vs 2016 Subaru Forester is going to be the tough battle, let the best crossover win.

Subaru sacrifice everything for functionality and one of those sacrifices was always the exterior styling. When it comes to Outback model, since last year it looks like something changed in the minds of this manufacturer’s designers, because its exterior came with much more cosmetic elements than before, including: integrated headlights and taillights, hexagonal grille, rugged lower body cladding and traditional rounded fog lights. But there are also some highly functional elements in the new model’s design including: roof rails in standard version, active shutters that increase fuel efficiency and LED lighting in both front and back.


2016 Subaru Forester

2016 Subaru Forester

New Forester on the other hand looks fairly similar to its rival, but it comes with only one heavy bar grille and a very useful side step. From other useful features it comes with the same roof rails and rounded fog lights placed at the bottom of the front fascia. These two models are quite similar but still offer decent amount of differences so that they are not competitors in many segments, but still, there are overlaps between these two.

2016 Subaru Outback vs 2016 Subaru Forester

Unlike the exterior styling that comes with only a few changes, interior of 2016 Subaru Forester looks more premium than ever. It comes with better visibility, more soft touch materials and much quieter cabin. Back seat can fold flat and drastically increase cargo room while doors are updated to open more widely and provide easier enter and exit.

2016 Subaru Outback Interior

2016 Subaru Outback Interior


For the 2016 Subaru Outback model we have a different interior styling which is shared with Subaru Legacy. It has new touch screen infotainment display and very roomy back seat that can recline and fold to the ground to provide additional cargo space. Same as its rival in this article it also comes with improved in cabin sound insulation which makes the ride more comfortable. Since both models come with best interior features ever it’s hard to decide between 2016 Subaru Outback and 2016 Subaru Forester.

2016 Subaru Forester Interior

2016 Subaru Forester Interior


Base engine is the same in both models it is a 2.5 liter horizontally opposed four cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 174 pound feet of torque. The 2016 Subaru Forester is offered with both manual and automatic six speed transmission, and with the first option it returns 22 mpg of fuel efficiency in the city conditions and 29 on the highway, while the second option comes with 24 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. Outback’s fuel efficiency comes somewhere in between with the 25 mpg in the city conditions and 33 mpg on the highway. Second engine is different, since the Outback comes with naturally aspired V6 engine that has 3.6 liter displacement which produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound feet of torque, while the Forester comes with another inline four cylinder, but this time with turbocharged unit. This engine can produce 250 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. These also mean that second model comes with much better fuel efficiency.

Forester Vs Outback

When it comes to prices Forester is less expensive since its base version can be bought for less than $23,000 while the Outback’s standard version is priced at almost $25,000. Same goes with the higher trim levels and since Forester comes with more affordable price and better fuel efficiency at the same time it is definitely out pick for the 2016 Subaru Outback vs 2016 Subaru Forester comparison.

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