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Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback Price Comparison (MSRP)

The sticker prices, before adjusting for remaining feature differences. Usually these are the numbers you will see on the window stickers.

Models in short supply often sell at or even above these prices.

Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback Invoice Comparison

Lowest Total Price: $38,596

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring   
Difference: $106

Lowest Total Invoice: $35,562

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring   
Difference: $241

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Model Year201720172017
ModelForesterOutbackOutback
Trim2.0XT Touring3.6R Limited3.6R Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon4dr Wagon
Base Price $34,295 $34,995 $38,195
Base Invoice $32,028 $32,696 $35,635
Auto-dimming rearview mirror 199    
Navigation and Eyesight Package 1,595    
Door sill trim plates 38    
Cargo cover 182    
Universal garage door opener 76    
Cargo net 90 70 70
All-weather floor mats 72 72 72
Rear bumper protector 95 95 95
Remote start 445 450 450
Class II trailer hitch 634 550 550
EyeSight and Navigation Package   1,595  
Auto-dimming rearview mirror 129    
Navigation and Eyesight Package 1,366    
Door sill trim plates 24    
Cargo cover 118    
Universal garage door opener 49    
Cargo net 58 45 45
All-weather floor mats 46 46 46
Rear bumper protector 61 61 61
Remote start 333 337 337
Class II trailer hitch 475 412 412
EyeSight and Navigation Package   1,331  
Options (change) 3,426 2,832 1,237
Options (change) 2,659 2,232 901
Destination 875 875 875
Total Price $38,596 $38,702 $40,307
Total Invoice $35,562 $35,803 $37,411

The configured Subaru Forester 4dr SUV has a turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 8-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

The configured Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon has a 256-horsepower 3.6L H6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

Even when the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The base sticker price of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $34,295. The features would cost an additional $3,426. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $38,596.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited trim is $34,995. The features would cost an additional $2,832. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $38,702.

The base sticker price of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring trim is $38,195. The features would cost an additional $1,237. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $40,307.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Forester trims is 3. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Outback trims is 8. Based on this adjustment, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

The configured Subaru Forester 4dr SUV has a turbocharged 250hp 2.0L H4 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 8-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

The configured Subaru Outback 4dr Wagon has a 256-horsepower 3.6L H6 engine, a AWD drivetrain, and a 6-speed manually-shiftable CVT transmission.

Even when the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback are comparably equipped, each includes features not on the other car. The invoice of the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring trim is $32,028. The features would cost an additional $2,659. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $35,562.

The invoice of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited trim is $32,696. The features would cost an additional $2,232. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $35,803.

The invoice of the Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring trim is $35,635. The features would cost an additional $901. Including the destination charge of $875, the total price of this trim is $37,411.

For full details about the differences among the trims, see the Trim Comparison table.

For an apples-to-apples comparison of these trims, we subtract the value of the additional features from the total price of the trim. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Forester trims is 3. The feature adjusted price of the Subaru Outback trims is 5. Based on this adjustment, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited appears to be the best value.

You can change the body, engine, audio, and tires on the body configuration page. Want different features? Head over to the feature section page to choose your own features.

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TrueDelta Value Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback

Lowest Adjusted Price and Invoice: Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring
TrueDelta Adjusted Price Difference: $456
TrueDelta Adjusted Invoice Difference: $563
Model Year201720172017
ModelForesterOutbackOutback
Trim2.0XT Touring3.6R Limited3.6R Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon4dr Wagon
Engine250hp H4256hp H6256hp H6
TransmissionCVT-8CVT-6CVT-6
DrivetrainAWDAWDAWD
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway)23/27 MPG20/27 MPG20/27 MPG
Audio (watts, speakers)440, 8576, 12576, 12
Tire (rear if not all the same)225/55-18225/60-18225/60-18
Total Price$38,596$38,702$40,307
Adjustments for Features-3500-350
Feature-Adjusted Total Price$38,246$38,702$39,957
Cost Above Minimum$0$0$1,255
Total Invoice$35,562$35,803$37,411
Adjustments for Features-3220-325
Feature-Adjusted Total Invoice$35,240$35,803$37,086
Cost Above Minimum$0$0$1,283

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Features Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback

Model Year201720172017
ModelForesterOutbackOutback
Trim2.0XT Touring3.6R Limited3.6R Touring
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon4dr Wagon
Transmission and Drivetrain 
8-speed manually-shiftable CVT$1100  
6-speed manually-shiftable CVT $1100$1100
AWD$1700$1700$1700
Accessories 
Adaptive cruise control$750  
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed $1000$1000
Heated steering wheel$100 $100
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety 
Knee airbag, driver$100  
Seat cushion airbag, driver $75$75
Seat cushion airbag, passenger $75$75
Cargo Management 
Roof rails$250 $250
Trailering equipment (4 wire) $125$125
Climate Control and Infotainment 
Rear air vents $100$100
Exterior 
Active grille shutters $0$0
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)$50  
Sunroof $900$900
Sunroof, large$1100  
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors 
LED headlights$1000  
Steering-linked fog lights $75$75
Steering-linked headlights$150  
Xenon HID headlights $500$500
Seats and Interior Trim 
Heated second row seats $200$200
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat $100$100
Power recliner, passenger seat $100$100
Power release, second row seats$100  
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires 
Alloy wheels$350  
Electronic systems calibration selector $200$200
Machined alloy wheels $350$350
Raised heavy-duty suspension $0$0
Sport suspension (upgrade)$0  
Terrain selector$200  
Total Value of Features$6,950$6,600$6,950
Value of Feature Adjustments$350$0$350
Value of Feature Adjustments-3220-325

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Specifications Comparison: Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback

Model Year20172017
ModelForesterOutback
Body4dr SUV4dr Wagon
Wheelbase103.9 in108.1 in
Length180.9 in189.6 in
Width70.7 in72.4 in
Height66.4 in66.1 in
Curb Weight3,624 lb.3,810 lb.
Fuel Capacity15.9 gal.18.5 gal.
Row 1 Headroom41.4 in40.8 in
Row 1 Shoulder Room57.0 in57.3 in
Row 1 Hip Room53.9 in55.5 in
Row 1 Legroom43.0 in42.9 in
Row 2 Headroom39.8 in38.9 in
Row 2 Shoulder Room56.5 in57.3 in
Row 2 Hip Room53.0 in55.0 in
Row 2 Legroom38.0 in38.1 in
Cargo Volume,
Minimum
34.4 ft335.5 ft3
Cargo Volume,
Maximum
74.7 ft373.3 ft3

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Option Package Details
Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring

Navigation and Eyesight Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Torque vectoring / active trace control100Yes
Backup collision intervention250Yes
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25Yes
Lead vehicle start alert25Yes
Pedestrian detection50Yes
Adaptive cruise control500Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Traffic + travel information25Yes
Navigation map updates, three years0Yes
Navigation system600Yes
Voice control for nav and audio100Yes
Total Requested3075100%
Total Not Requested00%

Option Package Details
Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Class II trailer hitch
FeatureValueRequested?
Class II trailer hitch200Yes
Trailering equipment (4 wire)125No
Total Requested20062%
Total Not Requested12538%
EyeSight and Navigation Package
FeatureValueRequested?
Navigation system600Yes
Obstacle detection, rear300Yes
Auto-dimming headlights200Yes
Voice control for nav and audio75Yes
Traffic + travel information25Yes
Backup collision intervention250Yes
Navigation map updates, three years0Yes
Lane departure prevention system, steering-based200Yes
Steering-linked fog lights75No
Adaptive cruise control, all-speed750Yes
Automatic braking, low-speed200Yes
Automatic braking, high-speed or partial200Yes
Forward collision warning200Yes
Lane sway warning system25Yes
Lead vehicle start alert25Yes
Pedestrian detection50Yes
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation system100Yes
Lane departure warning system200Yes
Total Requested340098%
Total Not Requested752%

Option Package Details
Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

Class II trailer hitch
FeatureValueRequested?
Class II trailer hitch200Yes
Trailering equipment (4 wire)125No
Total Requested20062%
Total Not Requested12538%

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