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2021 Forester vs Outback: Features & Prices Review

2021 Forester vs Outback: Features & Prices Review

What are the differences between the 2021 Forester and Outback?

Ah! The 2021 Forester vs Outback million dollar question: two family-friendly compact crossovers that are naturally compared. Asking us to choose between the 2021 Forester vs Outback is like being asked to choose which child is your favourite (we won’t tell if you can). So while we might be biased and suggest that you simply take one of each, that might be somewhat preposterous.

What are the similarities between the 2021 Forester and Outback?


As far as incredibly safe, practical, versatile, and roomy cars go, both the 2021 Forester vs Outback models are more than worthy of being on your list. The Forester and Outback boast nice cabins, impressive fuel economy, balanced driving dynamics, and the latest, most advanced Subaru safety tech features. To decide which is best for you, you’ll need to figure out what sets them apart.

What are the differences between the 2021 Forester and Outback?


The Forester got a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. The current generation offers more space and a longer list of up-to-date standard features, but it no longer offers an engine upgrade or a manual transmission. In-car smartphone integration is standard with a full suite of advanced driver-assist systems, and with the 2019 introductions, the 2021 Subaru Forester also boasts the newly-standard rear seat reminder.

The Outback’s redesign in 2020 welcomed improved driving dynamics, increased passenger and cargo space, and an optional turbocharged engine upgrade. Already fitted with the In-car smartphone integration, the 2021 Subaru Outback delivers new Hands FreeTailgate function and additional safety elements under the DriverFocusTM Distraction Mitigation System and a slick new 11.6-inch (29.4cm) touch screen.


Which SUV to Buy Between The 2021 Forester and Outback?


Let’s look at the 2021 Subaru Forester price versus the 2021 Subaru Outback price

Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Forester starts at R486 000 for the 2.0i CVT, standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in a BOXER® 4-Cylinder engine.

You can get the:

  • Forester 2.0i-S ES CVT for R586 000
  • Forester 2.5i Sport ES CVT for R599 000
  • Forester 2.5i-S ES CVT for R629 000

Subaru Outback

The 2021 Subaru Outback starts at R699 000 for the 2.0i CVT, standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in a BOXER® 4-Cylinder engine.

You can get the:

  • Outback 2.5i-Field ES CVT for R699 000
  • Outback 2.5i-Touring ES CVT for R729 000

It’s not an easy choice, and while we’ll refrain from those preposterous suggestions, what wouldn’t be preposterous is suggesting you book a test drive for each of these vehicles. Individuals and families come in all shapes and sizes, so figuring out which model is best for you will be based on the factors that make you (and your family) unique.

Call us on +27 11 608 0116 or email info@subaru.co.za and a skilled member of our team will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, use our store locator to find your nearest dealership, and of course if you’re looking to experience the Subaru SUV (or any of our other models) first-hand, you will want to get behind the steering wheel and book a test drive today.


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