Outback Wilderness VS Forester Wilderness

Which Wilderness SUV Is Built For Your Next Adventure?

This pair of outdoors-oriented Subaru SUVs share several similar features under the Wilderness Edition Umbrella, but there are differences. The Subaru Outback Wilderness holds an edge in ground clearance and power output. Chicago customers can compare these Wilderness Edition models in key areas below to discover which SUV is their perfect model match. Don't hesitate to schedule a test drive these Subaru Wilderness Edition SUVs from The Autobarn Subaru of Countryside.

Ground Clearance & Capability Features

With more than nine inches of ground clearance, either Wilderness Edition model can clear any terrain up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. The Subaru Forester Wilderness checks in with 9.2 inches of ground clearance, while the Subaru Outback Wilderness can tackle more challenging trails outside of Chicago 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 Naperville drivers are able to traverse 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.


Engines and fuel economy ratings for these two Wilderness Editions vary. Powered by a 2.5-liter flat-4 BOXER® engine that achieves 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, the Subaru Forester Wilderness earns 25/28 (city/highway) miles per gallon.

The Subaru Outback Wilderness counters with a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 BOXER® engine delivering 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Outback Wilderness Edition earns 22 miles per gallon on Chicago city streets and 26 miles on Illinois highways.

Safety & Technology

Both Wilderness Edition models include the Subaru EyeSight® safety suite as a standard feature. This packages:

  • Automatic Pre-Collision Braking
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Lane Departure & Sway Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • High Beam Assist
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

The Subaru Outback Wilderness has a larger standard infotainment touchscreen at 11.6 inches and is paired with Subaru STARLINK® Multimedia. The Forester Wilderness also has STARLINK® Multimedia, but the screen is only an 8-inch display. Both SUVs have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® Radio, navigation, and additional technology.

Illinois drivers have a clearer view of trail obstacles with the Subaru Forester Wilderness Edition's standard 180-Degree Front-View Monitor.

Interior Amenities

Just like the exterior, the interior to each Wilderness Edition model is similar. Both have Wilderness badging and offer LED interior and cargo area lighting, including a rear gate LED cargo lamp.Chicago families can stay comfortable on any adventure thanks to the durable and water-repellent StarTex® upholstery that features a textured honeycomb design. The Subaru Outback Wilderness is slightly larger and more spacious (32.5 storage/75.7 cubic feet of total cargo volume vs. 26.9/69.1 cubic feet) than its compact SUV sibling, the Forester Wilderness, but both have pleasant cabins decorated with Anodized Copper finish accents.

Exterior Styling Elements

The captivating Geyser Blue paint color is exclusive to these Wilderness Edition models, which both feature tough exterior cladding, an extra front skid plate, and Anodized Copper finish accents. The Wilderness Edition glare-reducing hood decal helps Chicago drivers combat blinding sun off the shores of Lake Michigan during their exploration.

Both the Subaru Outback Wilderness and Subaru Forester Wilderness carry upgraded high-capacity fixed roof rails, so that Chicago families can tie down and store items on their next voyage.

Each Subaru Wilderness Edition SUV - decorated with exterior Wilderness badging - comes with 17-inch matte black-finish alloy wheels and Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires.