Should I Get the 2019 Subaru Forester or Outback?

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Choosing between the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Subaru Outback can be difficult. Since both crossover SUVs are packed with features, it can be hard to decide which one is going to fit your needs. Our team at South Shore Subaru has looked at how they’re similar and how they’re different to help make your choice a little easier.

Let’s start with how they’re similar. Both the Forester and Outback have two rows of seating to provide you with enough room for the whole family. Both crossover SUVs are equipped with all-wheel-drive and cutting-edge safety technology to make sure you can get anywhere you want to go safely. Let’s take a deeper look to see how these SUVs are different in the areas that are important to you.


If you like to spend your weekends on back roads or frequently tow heavy loads, the 2019 Subaru Outback is for you. The Outback can tow up to 2,700 pounds, while the Forester tops out at a 1,500 pound towing capacity. Both SUVs have powerful four-cylinder engines that provide a smooth, agile ride, but the Outback has available upgrades with more powerful BOXER® engines for drivers that need additional horsepower.


While both the Forester and Outback come standard with Subaru safety features such as Subaru EyeSight® suite, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Detection, there are also differences in the standard safety features of each model. The Subaru Outback comes standard with X-MODE® traction optimization and Hill Descent Control which are ideal for drivers that tend to go off the beaten path. These features are only available on upgraded trim levels on the Subaru Forester. On the other hand, the Forester is equipped with technology to prevent potential accidents by addressing on of the biggest issues for drivers today: distractions. The new DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System comes standard for the 2019 Subaru Forester.


The Forester boasts more legroom for both front and rear passengers than the Outback. Many shorter drivers enjoy the higher view from the Forester, which is two inches taller than the Outback. The Forester also boasts more cargo space: while the Outback has 73.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded down, the Forester beats it out at 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The Forester is the pick for drivers that value extra comfort for long rides or additional cargo space for bigger loads.

Choosing the Subaru for You

At South Shore Subaru, your local Long Island Subaru dealership, we want to help you look at these details to make sure you drive away in a car you love. No matter you choose the 2019 Subaru Outback, the 2019 Subaru Forester, or one of our many other new Subaru models, our team will help you make the right choice for you. South Shore Subaru service doesn’t stop when you drive away with your dream car. Our factory trained service center can help keep your Subaru like new for the long haul!

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