How do the Subaru Crosstrek, Outback and Forester compare?
Cartelligent clients love Subarus for their rugged good looks, reliability and exceptional safety ratings. We've compiled the details for three of our most popular models the Crosstrek and Outback wagons, and the Forester SUV.
Crosstrek vs. Outback vs. Forester?
In this article, we've configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors. We've based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.
2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium: Our sample Crosstrek is equipped with the 2.0i Premium trim. Features include EyeSight driver assistance, all-wheel drive, and heated seats. MSRP as configured is $26,705.
2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium: We've chosen a 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium. Features include EyeSight driver assistance, all-wheel drive, blind-spot monitoring, and heated seats. MSRP as configured is $30,756.
2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited: We've equipped a sample 2017 Subaru Forester with all-wheel drive, navigation, EyeSight driver assistance, and leather-trimmed upholstery. MSRP as configured is $34,420.
We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.
|Model Type||2016 Crosstrek 2.0i Premium||2016 Outback 2.5i Premium||2017 Forester 2.5i Limited|
Engine and Fuel Economy
|Engine||2.0L DOHC||2.5L DOHC||2.5L DOHC|
All three vehicles offer comparable fuel economy; the Outback and the Forester offer a larger engine and greater horsepower.
|Cargo volume (behind seats)||22.3 ft3||35.5 ft3||31.5 ft3|
|Cargo volume (rear seats folded)||51.9 ft3||73.3 ft3||68.5 ft3|
The Crosstrek provides about 71% of the Outback's cargo volume when all rows of seats are folded down. The Outback offers the most cargo capacity both with the seats up and completely folded.
|IIHS rating||Top Safety Pick+||Top Safety Pick+||Top Safety Pick+|
All three vehicles are Insurance Institue for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks+ when configured with the optional EyeSight crash prevention system.
Cost to purchase: Crosstrek vs. Outback vs. Forester
First, we'll examine the cost of each when purchased. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing.
|Monthly payment (inc. tax)||$460||$510||$560|
|Total of payments over five years||$29,640||$32,590||$35,540|
The Crosstrek is around $50/month less than the Outback and saves about $3,000 in payments over the course of five years. Similarly, the Forester is about $50 more per month than the Outback and costs about $3,000 more over the course of the loan.
Cost to lease: Crosstrek vs. Outback vs. Forester
Next, we'll compare the three vehicles on a three-year, 12,000 mile/year lease.
|Monthly payment (inc. tax)||$270||$305||$325|
|Lease disposition fee||$350||$350||$350|
|Total of payments over three years||$12,300||$13,525||$14,225|
The Crosstrek is again the lowest cost option, saving about $35/month and $1,200 over the course of the lease. The Forester is about $700 higher than the Outback and leases for $20 more per month.
Which to buy: Crosstrek, Outback or Forester?
All three vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.