Outback Vs Forester, Which Offers the Better Wilderness Trim?

January 12th, 2023 by


Subaru is known for its reliable and highly capable lineup. The Japanese automaker has accumulated numerous awards and accolades highlighting its reliable vehicles. One such vehicle is the Subaru Outback. The mid-size SUV is equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite and offers high capability and versatility. To further increase this capability and versatility, Subaru offers a powerful off-road Wilderness trim that outfits the SUV with off-road capability. Several of Subaru’s vehicles offer a Wilderness trim. The Subaru Forester, for example, also offers a Wilderness trim. While both vehicles offer highly capable Wilderness trims, one proves more impressive than the other. To determine this, we’ll compare the 2023 Outback Wilderness and 2023 Forester Wilderness and see which consumers should consider.

Subaru Outback Wilderness

The 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness arrives with a turbocharged 2.4L engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. As with most Subaru vehicles, the mid-size SUV utilizes a symmetrical all-wheel drive system. Subaru has also retuned the SUV’s front and rear gear ratios, thereby improving low-speed climbing. Altogether, the Outback Wilderness sess impressive capability and versatility. The mid-size SUV also rides on 17-inch all-terrain wheels and features 9.5 inches of ground clearance. Owners can tackle trails and off-road terrain with ease. They can also make use of 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.

Inside the Subaru Outback Wilderness, owners will find StarTex upholstery with copper-finish accents. Since the Outback Wilderness is a mid-size SUV, it offers owners a total of 75.6 cubic feet of storage space. This means owners can take all their necessities when traveling or making outdoor family outings. The Outback Wilderness features an 11.6-inch touchscreen that works with convenience and safety features like X-mode. This unique driving mode allows drivers to switch automatically from lower speeds to over 25 mph without sacrificing performance. For fuel efficiency, the Outback sees 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Subaru Forester Wilderness

The 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness arrives with a naturally aspirated 2.5L engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. This pairs with an all-wheel drive system. Subaru has also retuned the Forester Wilderness, which shows impressive stability and power distribution when driving on and off trails. Riding on 17-inch all-terrain wheels, the Forester Wilderness features 9.2 inches of ground clearance. Owners can also take advantage of 3,000 pounds of towing capacity. 

Inside the Forester Wilderness, owners will note high-quality materials with contrast stitching. Drivers and passengers will enjoy ample space with up to 74.2 cubic feet of storage space available. There’s also an 8-inch touchscreen that lets drivers use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Forester Wilderness also features X-mode and comes equipped with Subaru’s latest EyeSight safety suite. For fuel efficiency, the crossover SUV gets 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.


Both the 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness and the 2023 Subaru Forester Wilderness are reliable and highly capable SUVs. The Outback Wilderness starts at an MSRP of $38,445 (plus destination fee), while the Forester Wilderness starts at an MSRP of $34,020 (plus destination fee). Although the Forester is more affordable, the Outback proves to be the better Wilderness trim. The mid-size SUV offers higher performance as well as increased ground clearance. Outback owners will also see greater towing capacity and additional storage space. The Forester does offer better fuel economy, but for the price difference, it doesn’t prove worth it. For those interested in a highly capable off-road SUV, the 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness proves to be a top contender.


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