2020 Crosstrek vs Outback Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

On paper, the Subaru Crosstrek and Subaru Outback are very similar vehicles -- they're both two-row SUVs with a raised suspension, all-wheel drive and rugged body cladding perfect for outdoor adventuring. And since both models are popular with enthusiasts, adventurers and families alike, it may be difficult to figure out which model is right for you. Not anymore! Take a look below where we've compared both models side by side. Then, head to Shingle Springs Subaru to test drive the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek or 2020 Subaru Outback model that best fits your needs and budget.

2020 Crosstrek vs Outback Exterior

Size & Design: 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

When the Subaru Crosstrek was first introduced in 2011, its design and style was modeled after the Subaru Outback which has been a popular Subaru model since 1994. But since the Crosstrek is derived from the Subaru Impreza compact car, it's a smaller model compared to its big brother Outback.

With 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek offers comfort similar to what you'd find in an ordinary sedan or hatchback. By contrast, the 2020 Subaru Outback gives you 109.0 cubic feet of passenger volume, so rear-seat passengers will have even more room to stretch their legs. When it comes to cargo, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek offers 20.8 cubic feet of cargo storage with the rear seats up and up to 55.3 cubic feet with the seats down, so it's a great companion for all the day's errands. The 2020 Subaru Outback provides 32.5 cubic feet of standard cargo volume and 75.7 cubic feet of storage when you collapse the rear row, giving you even more room for bulky strollers and hardware-store hauls.

Features & Options: 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

With standard raised roof rails, alloy wheels, power mirrors, windows and locks, touchscreen infotainment and smartphone pairing, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek offers incredible value. Even at the entry level, standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ make it easy to pair your iPhone or Android device for hands-free communication, audio streaming, navigation and more. The 2020 Subaru Outback comes standard with all of this equipment too, plus added features like LED headlights and cargo management accessories.

If you want a truly premium interior, both these models can be upgraded with features like leather upholstery, power seats, heated seats and more. At the top of the line, the 2020 Subaru Outback offers a handful of features -- like dual-zone automatic climate control, durable StarTex™ water-repellent upholstery and ventilated seats -- that aren't available on the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

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2020 Crosstrek vs Outback Interior

Performance & Capability: 2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

At the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek cranks out 152 horsepower, while the 2020 Subaru Outback provides 182 horsepower. When you consider their differences in size and weight, both models should provide similar everyday performance. But, if you want more power for superior acceleration, the all-new Outback now offers an available turbocharged engine! The 2020 Subaru Outback XT models deliver 260 horsepower and a whopping 277 lb-ft of torque.

For towing small trailers and light RVs, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek lets you haul up to 1,000 pounds. 2020 Subaru Outback models with the standard engine can tow up to 2,700 pounds, while the Outback XT models offer up to 3,500 pounds of towing.

And when it's time to tackle wet roads and off-road trails, both these rugged SUVs come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. As an available upgrade, you can also add X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control to the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. X-MODE® is an all-wheel drive technology that improves traction on tricky surfaces like gravel, dirt and sand. On the 2020 Subaru Outback, X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control come standard.

2020 Crosstrek vs Outback Features

Which Model Is Right For Your Budget?

When you're looking for all-terrain performance and rugged style, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is an outstanding value starting at just $22,145 MSRP. Or, if you need the family-ready capacity and additional performance equipment, the 2020 Subaru Outback starts at $26,645 MSRP.

If you want a tough yet luxurious car, and the 2020 Subaru Outback fits your budget but is more car than you need, take a look at the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited. At $27,395, this trim level comes with luxury features like leather upholstery, LED steering responsive headlights, additional USB charging ports and a larger 8.0" infotainment display.

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Why Subaru Builds The Best Vehicles For The Shingle Springs Region

With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on virtually every new model, Subaru builds the best vehicles for exploring Northern California. Whether you're cruising city streets, bombing down highways or traveling beyond the end of the pavement, Subaru capability and reliability is ideal. 97% of all Subaru models sold in the past decade are still on the road today! And since IntelliChoice says that a Subaru is the top brand for overall value and lowest cost to own, a new Subaru makes your dollar go further than any other automaker.

You'll find our showroom just off Highway 50 at 4045 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle Springs, CA 95682.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Outback
$22,145Starting MSRP*$26,645
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
152Standard Horsepower182
152Maximum Available Horsepower260
100.9 Cubic FeetPassenger Space109.0 Cubic Feet
20.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume32.5 Cubic Feet
55.3 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume75.7 Cubic Feet
AvailableEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
HalogenStandard Headlight TypeLED
36.5 InchesRear Legroom39.5 Inches

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.