Last post on Aug 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback
#3 of 12 Re: Difference between Forester & Outback [aatherton]
Feb 16, 2012 (5:18 pm)
same off road abilities.
Well, almost the same. The Forester has better approach/departure angles, so you're less likely to get it hung up on obstacles, but, aside from that, I agree.
#4 of 12 Re: Difference between Forester & Outback [aatherton]
Feb 17, 2012 (11:40 am)
Outback is longer, more rear legroom
That was the case for years before the current models. AFAIK the rear legroom is 1/4 inch more in the Forester, but the rear seating width is 1/4 inch less.
The Outback front seats may be more comfortable for those who are broad in the beam.
#5 of 12 Re: Difference between Forester & Outback [xwesx]
Feb 21, 2012 (1:25 pm)
better approach/departure angles
About 25 degrees in the Forester.
#6 of 12 Update/refresh of Outback/Legacy
Apr 01, 2012 (7:50 pm)
I just read an article about this week's NY Auto Show and it mentioned that the Outback/Legacy were getting an updated exterior look.
Does anyone have anything on this? Anyone seen pictures? Maybe I should search the internet for pix myself.
#8 of 12 Re: Update/refresh of Outback/Legacy [dcm61]
Apr 15, 2012 (8:03 pm)
I was hoping to start a new thread about this, but couldn't find the thread starter. Yes, if you google 2013 Outback, you'll get to see pictures of both cars. The Outback looks like it won't have such a cheesy interior, and quite a few new safety options are going to be available.
I'm ready to buy a car now, but have been less than thrilled with the Outback. I'm hoping to wait for the 2013 in the expectation that it will be an improvement on the 2012.
When in the summer does Subaru usually release their new models?
#9 of 12 Re: Update/refresh of Outback/Legacy [carteach]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:52 am)
They used to release them in the June/July time frame on the year-over-year updates, but they have pushed back the schedule a little in the last couple years.
#10 of 12 Re: Update/refresh of Outback/Legacy [xwesx]
Apr 17, 2012 (11:00 am)
Also, new Forester and Impreza models usually launch early in the year. We should see the next Forester early next spring, for instance.
#11 of 12 2012 Forester 2.5L turbo
Aug 16, 2012 (3:32 pm)
ateixeira. It is good to see your posting. I used to read many of your postings some years ago on Forester. I recall you own one with happy experience. I am reading the recent Forester postings is because I bought a new 2012 Forester 2.5L turbo in Malaysia. I used to own an Outback in Seattle. I will drive my Forester to join expeditions in SE Asia, e.g. to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, .... Most of the other convoy members drive Hilux truck or Landcruiser. I actually have one question on engine oil. My manual suggests using fully synthetic 5W30 for turbo. Most dealers here use Castrol 5W40 saying because of hotter weather. Malaysia is no hotter than Florida or Arizona summer or Darwin Australia, where they still use 5W30. What is the difference between 5W30 and 5W40? Is it harmful to the engine to use 5W40 all the time when the Subaru recommendation is 5W30? dwl
#12 of 12 Re: 2012 Forester 2.5L turbo [dwling]
Aug 20, 2012 (12:49 pm)
So it's more viscous in the heat...either should be OK, but I'd still stick with the manufacturer's recommendation. I'm sure they did plenty of hot weather testing.