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Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback

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Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

$37,890 - $50,140

2024 price

Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback

$42,690 - $60,800

2023 price


2024 Subaru Forester
2023 Subaru Outback
Safety Rating

Engine Type

Flat 4, 2.4L
Fuel Type

Premium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency

9.0L/100km (combined)

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

  • Thirsty engine
  • Missing 360-degree view camera
  • Water-resistant trim on seats
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 Subaru Outback Summary

Is it a station wagon or an SUV? It's kinda both. The new Outback AWD Sport XT has the AWD capabilities of an SUV but the concise handling of a station wagon and it's a wonderful combo for a family car.

The Sport XT is one of the two models Subaru is offering with a new turbo-petrol engine (hurrah) and it sits second from the top in the line-up but how does it stack up after a week with my family of three? Check it out below.

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