2017 Subaru Forester vs. 2017 Subaru Outback Sibling Rivalry: Which Subaru Should One Take Home? See What Experts Think

Mar 06, 2017 12:00 AM EST | Paul Urban

Sibling rivalry in vehicles in inevitable especially if both promise impressive performance and equally shares the spotlight. End of the day, one has to rise as the ultimate victor. What will be the case for the 2017 Subaru Forester and 2017 Subaru Outback? Experts think it is a tough call, but will a choice be made?

According to Torque News, buyers are most of the time confused and are eager to find out the difference between the 2017 Subaru Forester and 2017 Subaru Outback. This question will then be answered by presenting each of the SUV's capacity in varying categories.

The battle begins with ride quality. The 2017 Subaru Outback has longer wheelbase. This means that the distance between the axles is four inches longer as compared to the Forester. It is common knowledge that having longer wheelbase contributes to a better riding experience. The Outlander offers a smoother ride as the vehicle platform covers more area which makes some minor bumps and road imperfections unnoticed.

Both the 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Subaru Forester have 8.7-inches ground clearance. This means both SUVs are able to handle road obstacles if one decides to take any for off-roading activities. Know that ground clearance is just one factor for an exhilarating off-roading experience, power is the main key. With this said, it is not advisable for any of the two to perform extreme off-roading as it is made for the smoother paved roads of the city.

Both the 2017 Outback and Forester have a commanding driving position which enables the driver to clearly see what's ahead. It is also reported that both Subaru SUVs have ranked number 1 and number 3 for best outward visibility among all vehicles of its kind. Both also boast of advanced safety features so any of the two provide safety to its optimum.

Cargo space is also considered one of the key features demanded by the most discerning of buyers. Both wins depending on what cargo it will carry. For tall cargos, Forester wins because it is taller, however, for those which need more floor space, the Outback wins as it is wider.

As added by Planet Subaru, power and importance have to be reserved the last. For most, this is an all-important requirement. The 2017 Subaru Outback is known to be stronger and powerful as it is capable of producing 175-horsepower and is on CVT while the 2017 Subaru Forester can produce 170-horsepower and has both CVT and six-speed manual transmission.

At the end of the day, the choice between 2017 Subaru Outback and 2017 Subaru Forester depends on the buyers. With each buyer different from another, others may prefer one over the other and vise-versa. True that for every competition one has to emerge as the winner, but in this case it is a draw. See if the video below shares the same insights as the experts.

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