What's the Difference Between the 2018 Subaru Outback, Forester and Crosstrek?


No matter what you're looking for from your next SUV, you're sure to find a model you love at our Subaru dealership in San Antonio, TX. We have three of the most popular Subaru SUVs for sale -- the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Forester and Outback. Customers come in all the time and ask us what the differences are between the Subaru Outback, Crosstrek and Forester. With this resource, we hope you'll be able to learn a little more about which Subaru SUV is right for you. If you have more questions, come chat with the Subaru sales team at our dealership.



No matter which of the three Subaru SUVs you choose, it will come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. If you opt for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, you'll get the best efficiency of the three with 33 mpg thanks to a 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER® 4-Cylinder engine. If you pick the 2018 Subaru Forester, you'll have a choice of either a 2.5-liter or a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine. The 2.5 liter delivers up to 32 highway mpg, while the 2.0-liter turbo engine boasts 250 horsepower. Those who are planning on going for the Outback wagon will also have the option of choosing between two engines. The Outback comes standard with a 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder engine that returns 32 highway mpg. You can upgrade to the 3.6-liter SUBARU BOXER® 6-cylinder and take advantage of 256 horsepower.

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Interior & Technology Perks

Whichever of the three Subaru SUVs you choose, know that you have instant access to a host of premium comfort, entertainment and safety features. Each SUV is available with heated seats, a power driver's seat and leather-trimmed upholstery to ensure you're cozy on all you adventures through the Lone Star State. Both the Forester and Outback are available with a power moonroof, but it's only an added accessory for the Crosstrek. Music aficionados will also love that each model is available with a STARLINK™ Multimedia System, either with or without navigation. However, the SUVs have different speaker systems. The top trims of the Crosstrek and Forester are available with an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The top trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback is available with a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system. All three Subaru SUVs are available with EyeSight® Driver Assist technology, which gives you access to Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking and more.



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Pricing & Size

When you're shopping for a new Subaru SUV, you'll have the opportunity to choose between three outstanding models: the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Forester and Outback. The smallest of the three, the Subaru Crosstrek, is also available for the lowest price. With a base MSRP of $21,795 and seating for up to five people, the Crosstrek is ideal for adventurers who travel near and far on a budget. If you want increased passenger volume and cargo capacity, you might want to consider either the 2018 Subaru Forester or the 2018 Subaru Outback. The Forester is a compact crossover, and the Outback is considered a midsize crossover. However, the Outback also looks and feels more like a wagon than a crossover. When you compare the two, the base MSRP for the Forester is $3,100 less.

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