2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Touring v. 2017 Subaru Forester Touring

January 6th, 2017 by

University Mitsubishi 2017 Outlander + Touring vs 2017 Subaru Forester Touring

When comparing SUVs in the current auto market, consumers run into the same problem over and over. They all kind of… look the same. Aside from difference in dimensions and minute changes in design, it’s not hard to mix up a Mitsubishi Outlander with a Subaru Forester. Without a reference or knowledge of varying features, the two compact SUVs are easily confused. That’s why it’s always good to compare the specs.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander + Touring Package

The Outlander by Mitsubishi may not be a well-known SUV. It has been known to fall by the wayside until it had a PHEV variation come out overseas. Sadly, we have no idea when the Outlander PHEV will get to the U.S., and so the powerful Outlander is not given the once over. Unknown to many consumers, it stands up surprisingly well against competitor brands, has state-of-the-art safety and infotainment features, and is as efficient as it is affordable. Plus, if you add on the Touring Package, a lot of great features become available. Starting MSRP at $23,495; $27,495 with Touring Package.

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring

Subaru has been known for its safety and practical nature – and nothing else. All the commercials highlight its safety features, but what about its other amenities? Like the fact it offers more interior and cargo space than a chunk of the vehicles in the SUV market? Plus, the 2017 model has actually caught on and has made some style changes and upgrades that have turned it into a competitor. Given that one of the trims is a Touring, we added on the Touring Package to the Outlander to make this a fair fight, but putting the base trims against each other could also prove to be a worthy competition. Starting MSRP at $31,295.


When comparing the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring, the differences at first are few and far between. Their engines are similar, with only a little more power in the latter, and their transmission is nearly the same.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander has a 2.4-liter MIVEC SOHC I4 engine under the hood of each trim except for the Outlander GT 3.0 S-AWC. This engine generates 166-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. With its MIVEC or “Variable Valve Timing” design, engine performance and fuel economy is improved. The engine is paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), designed to help with fuel economy by not spending fuel when changing between gears. The Outlander has a fuel economy of 25/30 mpg city/highway.

On the other hand, the 2017 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC engine in all trims except the Forester Premium 2.0XT. This engine generates 170-horsepower with 174 lb-ft of torque. It has no VVT system integrated, but does have a variation of CVT known as Lineartronic CVT. Together, the Forester 2.5i Touring gets 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Exterior and Interior Features

Based on looks alone, it’s hard to tell if there are many differences when it comes to the exterior and interior features between the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander (with the Touring Package) and the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring. The differences are subtle, but depending on why you want an SUV, the differences are enough to set both SUVs apart from one another.

Feature Outlander Forester
LED Headlights Yes No
Automatic High Beams Yes No
Other LED Lights Yes Yes
Heated Power Exterior Mirrors Yes With the All-Weather Package
Sunroof Yes, Glass with Sunshade and Tilt Yes, Panoramic with 100% UVA and UVB reduction
Roof Rails SEL and GT 3.0 Only Standard on All Trims
Wheels 18-inch two-tone alloy 18-inch aluminum-alloy
Power Remote Liftgate Yes Yes
Multi-info display Yes Yes
Seating Capacity 7 5
Seating Trim Cloth/Leather on SEL and GT Leather
Heated Front Seats All but ES With the All-Weather Package
Adjustable Driver Seat 6-way manual on ES and SE; Power 8-way on SEL and GT 10-way Power
60/40 split-fold 2nd row Yes Yes
50/50 flat-fold 3rd row Yes No
Steering Wheel Leather wrapped and Heated Leather Wrapped
Automatic A/C Control Front dual-zone Dual-zone
Rear Heater Ducts Yes No


When it comes to technology and other amenities, the Subaru Forester has been known to lack whereas Mitsubishi sprinkles them all throughout the Outlander lineup. Let’s see if that has changed for 2017.

Feature Outlander Forester
Audio System Rockford Fosgate Premium with 9 speakers Harman Kardon with 8 speakers and amplifier
Multimedia 7-inch Smartphone link display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto StarLink 7-inch multimedia Plus
Sirius XM Yes No
Digital HD Radio Yes Yes
Bluetooth Technology Yes Yes
Rearview Camera Yes Yes
Steering Wheel Mounted Controls Yes No
Keyless Access Yes with Push button start Yes with Push button start
Additional Cargo Area Yes Optional


Safety is the sole difference between a good vehicle and a bad one. Subaru has been known for their safety for years, so let’s see how the two stack up.

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring has blind-spot detection/rear cross traffic alert, ABS, stability and traction control systems, STARLINK safety services, an advanced frontal airbag system, side impact airbags, LATCH anchors for child seats with LATCH tethers, an anti theft security system, an engine immobilizer, and a Rollover sensor, to name the highlights.

Compared to the above, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander plus the Touring Package has forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a multi-view camera system, ABS, stability and traction control systems, an advanced frontal airbag system, side impact airbags, LATCH anchors for child seats with LATCH tethers, an anti theft security system, an engine immobilizer, and more.

The two match up nicely, and when it comes to safety, it depends on what features you’re looking for. As long as you’re a safe, cautious driver, advanced systems aren’t required, which make both vehicles nearly the same. The Outlander wins in the technology department, and with the current generation of millennials and Gen Z entering the auto market, the Outlander will win the competition.

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