Choosing a Subaru for your next vehicle is an easy decision.  Consider the value and quality compared to other brands, not to mention Subaru's dedication to zero-waste manufacturing, charitable support of nonprofits, reliable resale value, and incredible safety ratings.  The hard decision is choosing which Subaru model to own! Two of the most popular and similar models are the Subaru Crosstrek versus Outback.  

The Subaru Outback went from being an enlarged version of the Legacy to one of America's most loved vehicles. The more recently developed Subaru Crosstrek takes the best features of the Impreza and delivers a compact crossover which has hit a popular niche.  

The 2020 Subaru Outback has been redesigned but still has the "look" of previous models.  The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is in its third generation.  Standard for both models is the symmetrical all wheel, Boxer engine, and Starlink Multimedia display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.  Now standard on all Crosstrek models is automatic climate control, Subaru Intelligent Drive, and collision detection automatic door-unlock.  Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist technology, which features pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and pre-collision throttle management, is standard on all Outback models and is now standard on all automatic transmission Crosstrek models. 

Keep Reading to Compare the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Specifications: 

Passenger Space: When comparing the passenger space of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback, you'll notice that the Crosstrek is only slightly smaller.  The Crosstrek has slightly over 100 cubic feet of passenger volume while the Outback has 109 cubic feet.
Cargo Space: The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has a spacious 51.9 cubic feet of cargo volume while the Outback has a whopping 75.7 cubic feet. Both of these measurements are taken when the rear passenger seats are lowered.  Both models allow for a 60/40 split fold down of the rear seats.  
Fuel Economy: Both the Crosstrek and the Outback are fuel efficient and get 33 mpg highway.  The Crosstrek slightly edges out the Outback with 27 mpg city versus the Outback's 26 mpg city.  The Crosstrek also comes in a hybrid version which can get up to 90 mpge.  

Engine: The Crosstrek offers 152 hp and 145 lb/ft of torque with a 4 cylinder, 2 liter Boxer Engine. The Outback boasts 182 hp and176 lb/ft of torque with a 2.5 L, 4 cylinder Boxer Engine.  
Roof: Both the 2020 Crosstrek and Outback come standard with roof rails.  A moonroof is optional. 
Ground Clearance: Both models get 8.7 inches of ground clearance which make them versatile and practical for off road experiences. 
Airbags: All 2020 Subaru Crosstrek models include 7 airbags; driver and front passenger frontal airbags, side curtain airbags, seat mounted pelvis/torso airbags, and driver knee airbags.  The 2020 Subaru Outback models come standard with 8 airbags: all those included in the Crosstrek but with the addition of the front passenger cushion airbags.  

Size: The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback size comparison shows that the Crosstrek is more compact. The 2020 Outback is 191 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 66 inches high including the roof rack.  
Price: The base model 2020 Crosstrek is about $250 more expensive than the 2019 model, starting at $23,795 due to the technology upgrades on standard models.  The 2020 Outback starts at $26,645.


Both the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and the Outback offer incredible safety features, durability, and versatility Overall, the Subaru Crosstrek is a great choice for city dwellers who want a compact, easy to navigate vehicle on weekdays, but require an adventure vehicle for weekend warrior trips.  The Outback is an excellent choice for those who have larger families or are interested in doing more serious offroading excursions.  The Outback combines an unbelievably smooth and quiet ride with a rugged outdoor savvy machine. Both new models will be at Rafferty Subaru in a matter of weeks! Stop by for a test drive and decide for yourself which model fits your lifestyle best. 

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