Subaru Wilderness Comparison


Compare the Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition to the Subaru Forester Wilderness Edition at Wagner Subaru

Subaru is known for its impressive off-road capability along with a comfy interior experience. However, with the Wilderness Edition models, you'll get options more geared towards adventures that take you off the beaten path and on your next big getaway. The Subaru Outback and Forester both upgrade their lineup with the Wilderness Edition, making it a challenge to figure out which one suits your style best.

Here at Wagner Subaru, we want to help you find the perfect fit. Explore the differences between the two Wilderness Editions below and see which one suits your needs best!

Ground Clearance & Capability Features

The Subaru Wilderness models are ready for bigger adventure with more than nine inches of ground clearance. The Forester Wilderness offers 9.2 inches of ground clearance, while the Outback Wilderness can tackle more challenging trails with 9.5 inches of ground clearance.

Both Wilderness Edition models include standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Enhanced Dual-Function Subaru X-Mode®. This unique terrain management system has Snow, Dirt, Deep Snow, and Mud drive modes so you can easily navigate any road condition. When it comes to towing on your next adventure, the Wilderness SUVs are ready. The Subaru Forester Wilderness has a 3,000-pound maximum towing capacity, while the Subaru Outback Wilderness can tow 3,500 pounds.


Under the hood, you'll find that the two Wilderness models offer a bit of a different experience. The Outback Wilderness comes standard with a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER® engine that produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Forester Wilderness doesn't lack power, coming standard with a 2.50liter naturally-aspirated BOXER® engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.


Both models receive a towing capacity upgrade over the base models, making them ideal for camping adventures with an attached trailer. The Outback Wilderness tows a maximum of 3,500 pounds, up from 2,700 on the Outback base model. If you're looking for a more significant jump, the Forester Wilderness enjoys a maximum towing capacity of 3,000 pounds, up from 1,500 pounds on its base model. The Forester Wilderness also features standard trailer stability assist, which helps prevent movement on the road.


Wilderness Design & Style

Subaru SUVs are adept at taking on obstacles in your way with improved ground clearance. With the Wilderness Edition, the Outback has a ground clearance of 9.5 inches, while the Forester offers 9.2-inches. The Outback has greater ground clearance than the Forester, but the Forester is taller and has a shorter wheelbase, providing you more room inside the cabin. The Outback Wilderness Edition also features an Advanced Dual-Function X-MODE® setup, allowing you to handle deep snow and more with more traction control. The Forester Wilderness comes with the enhanced dual-function X-MODE® feature, too.

Technology & Amenities

Just because you love adventure doesn't mean you won't want convenience throughout the interior, right? The Outback Wilderness comes standard with the STARLINK® Multimedia system, featuring an 11.6-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration for your Apple and Android devices. The Forester Wilderness equips the STARLINK® 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus with the same connectivity. The Forester SUV also features a standard 180-Degree Front-View Monitor that provides a clear view of obstacles in front of you.

The Outback SUV is more than just a rugged trail-traveler - it also comes with a durable interior made for water and mud to splash through an open window. The cabin is protected by StarTex® water-repellent upholstery, ensuring that you never ruin things by hitting that big mud puddle in your way. The Forester Wilderness also comes with easy-to-clean StarTex® water-repellent upholstery and features copper accent stitching for a unique style. Both models come equipped with an LED cargo lamp and ample cargo room for your convenience.

Advanced Subaru Safety

Both models feature standard and re-tuned Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology for additional guidance to monitor traffic movement and optimize your cruise control. The Subaru Forester Wilderness features Automatic Emergency Steering, an all-new feature for the new model that helps in certain emergency situations by steering your vehicle away from an oncoming obstacle.

Each Subaru Wilderness Edition is equipped with 17-inch matte black-finish alloy wheels and Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires for a commanding grip no matter where the road goes.

Regardless of the model that's right for you, we can help you test-drive your favorite today at Wagner Subaru! Both have their advantages - which one is right for you? Meet with us at your earliest convenience!