2022 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

For those that are looking for a vehicle to keep up with their active lifestyle or if you're in the market for a reliable, comfortable crossover with the practicality of an SUV but the comfort of a car, Subaru has exactly what you need. The 2022 Subaru Forester and the 2022 Subaru Outback are two exciting crossover SUVs that deliver a roomy interior, unrivaled safety features, and rugged performance on the roads or off. Keep reading below to see our side-by-side comparison of the 2022 Forester and 2022 Outback so you can see which vehicle is right for you.

2022 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Exterior

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Subaru Outback Size & Design

While they're both similar in size, the 2022 Outback just edges out the 2022 Forester by being a bit longer and wider. While both crossovers offer generous head and legroom in both the front and the rear, the Outback has more cargo space than its sibling. The 2022 Outback offers a vast 75.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seat laid flat while the Forester delivers 74.2 cubic feet. Raised roof rails are standard on the Outback so you have even more room for bikes, kayaks, and more. To get that feature standard on the Forester, you'll have to climb trim levels. A power panoramic moonroof comes standard on the Premium model and above of the Forester while that feature is optional on the 2022 Outback.

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Subaru Outback Comfort & Convenience

Both Subaru crossovers offer the utmost interior comfort with standard features including a 6-way adjustable driver's seat or you can upgrade trim levels for a ten-way power driver's seat. Heated front seats and rear outboard seats are available on the higher trim of both vehicles but only the 2022 Outback offers ventilated front seats. The Hands-Free power rear gate is optional on the Forester but standard on the Outback Limited model and above.

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2022 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Interior

The latest Forester and Outback offer the standard STARLINK® multimedia plus infotainment systems to keep you conveniently connected to the outside world. The Forester comes standard with a 6.5-inch display screen or you can upgrade trim levels for an 8-inch screen with navigation. If you're looking for a larger, easier-to-read display, the Outback starts with dual 7-inch screens and offers an available 11.6-inch touchscreen on the higher trim levels. Wireless charging is optional only on the 2022 Outback but both crossovers offer standard dual USB ports in the front for easy device charging.

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Subaru Outback All-Wheel Drive Performance

Both the 2022 Forester and the 2022 Outback come standard with a 2.5L BOXER® engine that makes a sturdy 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque. While this is the Forester's only engine option, the Outback offers you a second choice. The top trim levels come standard with a 2.4L turbocharged engine that produces a mighty 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard on both crossovers as well as the CVT transmission for a smoother driving experience and better fuel efficiency. You'll get 28 MPG on the highway behind the wheel of the 2022 Forester while the 2022 Outback will get you 33 highway MPG.

2022 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback Features

2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Subaru Outback Award-Winning Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave an overall five star rating to both the 2022 Forester and the 2022 Outback and both crossover models from 2021 were named a Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This is in large part due to the standard array of safety features and driver assist technology that Subaru builds into every vehicle. The famous Subaru EyeSight® suite of driver assist features are standard in both the Forester and the Outback and include Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Departure Warning, Sway Warning, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, and more. The 2022 Forester and Outback  also offer the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Reverse Automatic Braking.

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2022 Subaru Forester vs 2022 Subaru Outback Summary

With under $2,000 separating the starting MSRPs of the 2022 Subaru Forester and the 2022 Subaru Outback, you can't wrong no matter which crossover you choose. With attractive looks, amazing performance, and quality standard features, both Subaru vehicles are perfect for a family on the go. To schedule your test drive, contact us at McKenna Subaru or stop by our Huntington Beach showroom to see these exciting crossover SUVs in person.

2022 Subaru Forester2022 Subaru Outback
$25,195Starting MSRP*$26,945
2.5-Liter SUBARU BOXER 4-CylinderStandard Engine2.5-Liter SUBARU BOXER 4-Cylinder
StandardSymmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard
1,500 lbs.Standard Towing Capacity2,700 lbs.
StandardAuto Stop-Start SystemNot Available
StandardLED Steering Responsive HeadlightsStandard
26 MPG / 33 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (City / Highway)26 MPG / 33 MPG
STARLINK® 6.5" Multimedia PlusStandard Infotainment SystemSTARLINK® Dual 7" Multimedia
5/5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Rating5/5 Stars
StandardEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.