2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

You know a Subaru is tougher, more durable and provides more capability than rivals from other mainstream automakers. But if you're not familiar with the whole Subaru model lineup, let us help you pick the one that best suits your needs. Shingle Springs Subaru has a knowledgeable, friendly sales team and we look forward to helping you find the perfect new car for your family. Discover the differences and similarities between the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and 2021 Subaru Outback below, then keep exploring our site to learn even more about the 2021 Subaru model lineup.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Exterior

Difference: Size, Capacity & Utility

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is derived from the Impreza 5-Door, which means it's similar in size to a compact hatchback. It adds up to a total of 53.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume when you fold down the rear seats. You also get 36.5 inches of rear seat legroom, which is comfortable for most adults on the daily drive. If you need to bring along more gear, you also get standard roof rails and a 1,500-pound towing capacity.

By contrast, the 2021 Subaru Outback gives you size comparable to a typical two-row SUV, but in a more elegant, wagon-inspired package. The result is even more cargo space and comfort: Up to 75.7 cubic feet of cargo volume and 39.5" of rear legroom, so it's a more comfortable choice on longer adventures. Entry-level 2021 Subaru Outback vehicles can tow up to 2,700 pounds while the 2021 Subaru Outback XT models boast a 3,500-pound towing capacity. You also get sturdy roof rails complete with built-in folding crossbars on the Outback.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Interior

Difference: Features & Technology

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is smaller and more affordable, but the 2021 Subaru Outback also boasts some desirable features. On the outside, the Outback comes standard with LED Steering Responsive Headlights, compared to halogen headlights as standard on the Crosstrek.

Climbing inside, the 2021 Subaru Outback boasts a standard reclining rear seat, and offers available ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. You can't get these premium features on any 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

The Crosstrek also comes with a smaller multimedia system, operated by a 6.5" touchscreen. Entry-level Outback models come with a pair of 7" touchscreens, and premium trim levels get a huge, 11.6" screen vertically integrated into the center stack!

Difference: Power & Performance

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek introduces an all-new trim level with a more powerful engine! The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport gets a unique appearance package, dual-function X-MODE® for extra off-road ability and a 2.5L engine that generates 182 horsepower! Entry-level 2021 Subaru Crosstrek models are still equipped with the reliable, proven 2.0L engine making 152 horsepower.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Subaru Outback comes standard with that 2.5L, 182-horsepower engine. If you need more power for bigger outings or just want more confidence and quickness for the daily drive, step up to the 2021 Subaru Outback XT! These models get a turbocharged engine making 260 horsepower, cribbed from the Subaru Ascent!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Features

Similarity: Safety & Driver Assistance

With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, both the 2021 Subaru Outback and Crosstrek have better traction in wet conditions or on muddy terrain than ordinary 2WD vehicles. That helps keep you stay safe no matter where you roam, or what kind of weather stands in your way.

Both vehicles also offer the Subaru EyeSight® suite of driver assist technologies. Lane departure warning and lane keep assistance help to keep you safely away from other traffic, even through momentary distractions. Adaptive cruise control takes the stress out of dense California traffic. And forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking work together to help you avoid certain crashes. Subaru EyeSight® is available on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek when you upgrade to the CVT automatic transmission, and standard on the 2021 Subaru Outback.

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Find Out More During Your Test Drive At Shingle Springs Subaru

When you're looking for a comfortable, affordable compact crossover with some extra toughness and technology, you would do well to choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with a starting MSRP of $22,245. It will get you wherever you need to go, with the practical features you want most on the daily drive. But if you have a bigger family or need more cargo versatility, you might appreciate the many benefits of the 2021 Subaru Outback at a starting MSRP of $26,795. See what's in stock today at the links below, or just stop by and take a test drive! We've always got a wide variety of models in stock to suit most any taste and budget.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Subaru Outback
$22,245Starting MSRP*$26,795
33 Highway / 28 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
152Standard Horsepower182
182-Horsepower BOXER® EngineEngine Upgrade260-Horsepower BOXER® Engine
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.