Subaru Outback Wilderness vs. Subaru Forester Wilderness: Which Model Suits Your Travels Best?

Not every SUV is made for back roads and trails. For those who love to get away, options like the Subaru Outback Wilderness and Subaru Forester Wilderness can handle the most difficult road conditions and help you get back home safely, even with a little mud along the side panels.

The hardest decision you might have? Trying to decide which one is right for you! While we're proud of our Subaru lineup, we know that some drivers will prefer the Outback Wilderness Edition, and others will opt for the Forester Wilderness Edition. Down below, you'll find what each model does well and why it might be the right fit for you!

Outback Wilderness vs. Forester Wilderness: Performance

Maybe you're the driver who loves powerful engine performance. The Outback model comes with a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER® engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. More interested in the Forester? Its Wilderness Edition comes with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated BOXER® engine that outputs 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. If you want a bit more power, the Outback Wilderness makes it easy with the turbocharged powertrain.

Outback Wilderness vs. Forester Wilderness: Towing Capability

Attaching a trailer gets easier with the Outback Wilderness Edition, which utilizes a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, up from 2,700 pounds on the Outback base model. For a more significant jump, the Forester Wilderness can tow up to 3,000 pounds - that's twice what its base model can tow! The Forester Wilderness also equips trailer stability assist for better control of your trailer on the road.

Outback Wilderness vs. Forester Wilderness: Design

With their improved ground clearance, the Outback Wilderness and Forester Wilderness models enjoy more confidence when undertaking bumpy roads or obstacles in the way. The Outback has a ground clearance of 9.5 inches, while the Forester model offers 9.2-inches of ground clearance. The Outback model does offer better ground clearance, but the Forester vehicle is taller and has a shorter wheelbase, allowing for more room inside the cabin. Both models also feature the Advanced Dual-Function X-MODE® technology, which powers through deep snow, mud, and sand with better traction control and handling.

Outback Wilderness vs. Forester Wilderness: Interior

You aren't just getting an off-road performer with the Outback and Forester SUVs. Inside, you'll find that both models are spacious and cozy. They also allow you to handle the elements easily, even if a little water gets inside the cabin. This is thanks to the StarTex® water-repellant upholstery in the Outback Wilderness, also offered in the Forester Wilderness. The Forester SUV accentuates its interior with copper accent stitching for a unique look. Both cargo areas equip LED cargo lamps and ample storage space to help you find space for all of your camping supplies and gear when you want to get away for the weekend.

Outback Wilderness vs. Forester Wilderness: Technology

When it comes to technology, you won't miss out on much from the Outback to the Forester. The Outback Wilderness Edition comes with STARLINK® Multimedia, a system that's complete with an 11.6-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. In the Forester Wilderness Edition, you'll get the STARLINK® Multimedia 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus, also with compatibility for Apple and Android devices. For your added convenience, the Forester SUV also offers a standard 180-Degree Front-View Monitor, providing a clear view of obstacles in front of you.

Outback Wilderness vs. Forester Wilderness: Safety

Both SUVs equip a re-tuned Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology for added peace of mind while on your drive. These features monitor traffic movement and optimize your experience, even when you take the back roads. The Forester Wilderness Edition adds on Automatic Emergency Steering, an all-new feature that helps in emergency situations by steering your vehicle away from obstacles.

How Can We Help?

Still need a little more time inside one of these SUVs before deciding on the right fit? Swing by Ciocca Subaru of Pleasantville today to test drive the new Outback and Forester Wilderness models. We'll help you make the right choice!

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