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Subaru Forester vs Mitsubishi Outlander

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Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

$37,890 - $50,140

2024 price

Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander

$35,987 - $79,995

2023 price


2024 Subaru Forester
2023 Mitsubishi Outlander
Safety Rating

Engine Type

Inline 4, 2.5L
Fuel Type

Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency

7.7L/100km (combined)

  • Traditional interior design feels old compared to rivals
  • Engine could be more powerful
  • Sparse amenities in back row

  • Curtain airbags don’t cover third row
  • Aggressive frontal design treatment
  • Mitsubishi service for full warranty cover
2024 Subaru Forester Summary

There is a plethora of medium SUVs to choose from in our market, so what will make you notice the Subaru Forester 2.5i-S?

It's second from the top for the (petrol) Forester line-up, has a decidedly spacious cabin, and probably most importantly, an affordable price point! 

It has some tough rivals, like the practical Nissan X-Trail, which you can now get with seven seats and the feature-heavy Skoda Karoq

Australia’s darling, the Toyota RAV4, is also a contender. So, should you make like the snow fields and join forces with this Subaru?

I’ve been driving it with my family of three to find out for you.

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Summary

Your family’s grown to the point where a five-seat SUV is fine… most of the time. But on the odd occasion some of the kids’ friends are tagging along or nan and pop are in the mix.

Two extra seats is the answer, but a full-blown three-row SUV, and the imposing size that usually comes with it, is a bit much.

Enter the mid-size Outlander LS Black Edition, positioned by Mitsubishi as a ‘5+2’ SUV rather than a full-time seven-seater, with the two rearmost seats designated for “occasional” use.

Does it have the practicality to pass the family test, and does the flexibility of an extra pair of chairs stack up? 

The Cleary family spent a week with this recently released edition to find out.

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