2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Subaru Outback: Head to Head

2020 Subaru Forester (Top) / 2020 Subaru Outback (Bottom)
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Two Subaru Stablemates Battle it Out

The Outback and Forester have been mainstays in the Subaru lineup for years – but neither feels stale, thanks to complete redesigns in 2019 for the Forester and 2020 for the Outback. New styling, new features, and new tech keep these favorites feeling fresh.

These two vehicles are not identical, obviously. The 2020 Outback is a wagon, though it’s plenty capable on trails. The 2020 Forester is a compact SUV with a higher ride height, but it handles well on pavement. Like many Subarus, they both come standard with all-wheel drive. So, which one is the better vehicle? 

This slideshow will determine just that in a head-to-head comparison of the Forester and Outback. We pitted them against each other in 10 categories, such as price, reliability, and acceleration. The vehicle with the most category wins is crowned the overall winner. 

As new information becomes available, we update our reviews. The scores and rankings mentioned here might not match the latest information in the reviews. 

Read on to learn which of these Subarus takes the victory.

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