When making the decision to buy a new vehicle, more often than not we find ourselves deciding between multiple options. Whether it be a feature as simple as choosing a colour or something more complex as deciding between two different products, we could all use a little information to help us make our decisions. What if you’re trying to decide between two great vehicles, like a Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback? Well, we’ve written this blog with this dilemma in mind. If you’re torn between the reliable Forester and the iconic Outback models for 2015, then fret no more! Read on to find a little more information to help sway your decision.
Both models include Subaru’s legendary boxer engine and the symmetrical all wheel drive. Compared to vertically placed engines, a horizontal engine is more level with the ground. It also allows for a lower centre of gravity, giving the vehicle better balance on the road and creating a more efficient ride. This Subaru design translates into a steady ride, with better road traction and advanced vehicle control. The symmetrical all wheel drive gives power to all four wheels at the same time, translating to stronger grip for those winding roads. Both models also include Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC). It is a system designed with safety in mind, including anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and traction control system. And, just like all our new Subaru’s, both models come with 12 months roadside assistance.! Now, since you’re interested in a Subaru we know that you’re all about safety and performance. But we also know you appreciate your technology. Each model is equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology, climate control, reverse camera, and eyesight assist (depending on the model within the range).
But if those are the similarities, then what is it that sets them apart? Starting with the base models a manual 2.5i is equipped with a 2.iL 6-speed manual transmission, with a max output of 110kW at 6200 rpm. The automatic is a 2.5L lineartronic CVT with a maximum output of 126 kw at 5800 rpm. The automatic also includes X-Mode, a safety feature that takes control of the vehicle to help you drive through more hazardous road conditions. For the exterior, the 2.5i has 17” steel wheels and a 220mm ground clearance. The Outback 2.5i has a larger 2.5L engine, also eqquipped with a Linetronic CVT transmission and manual mode function. Power is roughly the same between the two, with the Outback reaching a max power output at 129kW at 5800 rpm. It does sit slightly lower than the Forester, with a ground clearance of 213 mm. Even so, the wheel size is larger than the Forester with 18″ alloy wheels.
For the top of both ranges we have the Forester XT Premium and the Outback 3.6R. The XT Premium has 2.0L turbocharge engine, with a Lineartronic CVT transmission with manual mode. It has a maximum power output of 177 kW with 5600 rpm and is also equipped with X-Mode. It has 18” alloy wheels and the same ground clearance as the base model. The Outback 3.6R is also a Lineartronic CVT transmission with manual option, but it has more power with a maximum output of 191kW at 6000 rpm. It also stands a bit higher that the Forester, with a 213 mm ground clearance.
What about the electronics? The base Forester and Outback models come with a built-in 6 CD changer and MP3/ipod capabilities, with the Outback separated by a touchscreen in the dash. As for the premium models, the audio system in the Outback is a bit more advanced with 12 inch kardon speakers and Pandora capabilities. The touchscreen is also larger, close to an inch more than that of the Forester. If colours are your thing, the interior trim of both models come in standard black with grey as the second option for the Forester or ivory with the Outback.
And still, if features aren’t enough to sway your decision then maybe it comes down to the price. For the base models the variance between the Forester and the Outback is close to $6000, in favour of the Forester. Comparing the Forester XT Premium and the Outback 3.6R the variance between them is close to $2000, with the Outback providing savings.
Well, we hope this information has been a useful comparison of the Subaru Forester vs Outback models. And if you need more information, then one of our lovely sales executives would love to help you out. Contact us, request a brochure, or book a test drive for some hands-on experience.
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