2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Outback Comparison serving San Francisco, CA

It's easy to explain why a Subaru is such a remarkable car compared to competitors from other automakers. After all, other automakers don't make use of the balanced and smooth-running BOXER® engine design, or use standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, or make camera-based driver assist features standard through Subaru EyeSight®.

Helping you choose which Subaru to buy is a little trickier. After all, both the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Subaru Outback have all of the above in common! What sets them apart are subtle differences like size, design and available features. Learn about these differences below so you can pick the perfect Subaru for you and your loved ones.

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Outback Exterior Design

Passenger Capacity and Cargo Storage | 2019 Subaru Forester VS. 2019 Subaru Outback

The biggest difference between these two SUVs? It comes down to shape and size. The Subaru Forester is a taller SUV shaped more like a traditional crossover; the Subaru Outback has a stretched out, wagon-like body that's longer than the Subaru Forester, but narrower and not as tall.

As a result, you'll get a bit more passenger volume in the new Subaru Forester compared to the Subaru Outback. The 2019 Subaru Forester is bigger than ever, and now offers up to 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume inside! The 2019 Subaru Outback gives you 108.1 cubic feet.

Despite their difference in sizes, you'll find almost identical cargo room in the back of each one.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Outback Interior Style

2019 Subaru Forester VS. 2019 Subaru Outback | Exterior Features

The 2019 Subaru Forester is impressive in its own right, but the 2019 Subaru Outback gets some standard and available exterior features that make it the ultimate vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts. While the Forester comes standard with steel wheels and lacks standard roof rails, every 2019 Subaru Outback comes standard with aluminium alloy wheels and roof rails with integrated crossbars. With those roof rails, you get more cargo carrying flexibility! And only the Subaru Outback is available with low-profile, silver-finish roof rails for a distinctly upmarket look.

2019 Subaru Forester VS. 2019 Subaru Outback | All-Terrain Performance

The off-road toughness of a new Subaru comes down to more than just rugged good looks. It comes down to capability. The 2019 Subaru Outback is a legend among outdoorsmen because it can go places lesser wagons and crossovers simply can't. Beyond standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, standard Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® technology help the 2019 Subaru Outback tackle nearly any terrain.

The 2019 Subaru Forester, like virtually every other Subaru model, also comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. However, X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control aren't standard equipment. You'll be able to get them on your Forester with a trim level upgrade.

2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Outback Model Features

2019 Subaru Forester VS. 2019 Subaru Outback | Unique Options

Both of these models are similar in size and performance, but they each have unique available features that set them apart even more. For instance, only the Subaru Outback is available with an upgraded six-cylinder engine! If you need additional engine power for quick acceleration and confident hill climbing, opt for the 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R trim levels.

For its part, the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester has some exciting trim features yet to arrive on the Subaru Outback. The 2019 Subaru Forester is available with features you won't find on the Outback like a panoramic moonroof, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, sport cloth upholstery with orange interior accents and the Subaru DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System.

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Visit today for your test drive! Drivers from Palo Alto and Mountain View are sure to appreciate Subaru vehicles for their outstanding quality, durability and because Subaru is so dedicated to charitable giving, protecting the environment and more. Find your new Subaru car or SUV for less at Carlsen Subaru -- located at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063.