2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Subaru Outback: Head to Head

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Forester vs. Outback: Which Subaru Crossover Is Right for You?

Over the decades, Subaru has cemented a reputation for making popular all-wheel-drive vehicles that thrive in inclement weather and on unpaved terrain.

But that doesn’t stop the Japanese brand from continuously upgrading its lineup, introducing loads of standard safety and technology features for the 2019 model year. 

Fresh off a redesign, the Subaru Forester won our 2019 Best Compact SUV for Families award. The small crossover delivers a roomy interior, car-like handling, and plenty of storage space.

The Subaru Outback provides class-leading cargo space and a punchy optional six-cylinder engine. Though we have it in our wagon rankings, it is equally at home in the two-row midsize SUV class.

Looking for a rugged ride but unsure how to choose? Read ahead to see how the two nameplates compare based on U.S. News & World Report scores in individual categories, from reliability to ride quality.

(Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new data comes in, so the scores mentioned in this article may not match those in our rankings and reviews.)

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