Subaru offers a dynamic lineup of cars, crossovers, and SUVs that are all prepared to get you safely through tough winters around Ithaca. So, which one has what you want in your next ride? Maguire Subaru wants to help you decide with this Subaru Outback vs Crosstrek comparison.

Subaru Outback vs Subaru Crosstrek Specs

Each Subaru vehicle offers you a capable performance on any terrain with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This dependable drivetrain comes with a Traction Control System and Vehicle Dynamics Control, so you can have a stable drive even when you're dealing with slick conditions.

Under the hood, the Subaru Outback offers you a choice between two engines. The base powertrain is a 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that gets up to 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The other option is a 3.6L 6-cylinder engine that gets up to 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can tow up to 2,700 pounds.

The Subaru Crosstrek has a standard a 2.0L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that can produce up to 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. This engine can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

Whichever Subaru you choose, you can expect excellent gas mileage. The Outback can get up to an EPA-estimated 25 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, while the Crosstrek can get an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.

Passenger & Cargo Room

The Subaru Outback and Crosstrek each feature seating for up to five people. There's plenty of space to get comfortable in both models with 108.1 cubic feet of passenger room inside the Outback and 100.9 cubic feet throughout the cabin of the Crosstrek.

Both vehicles are also capable of carrying lots of cargo. The Outback offers a Power Rear Gate that opens by pressing a button on your key fob, while the Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with a convenient wide rear gate opening. Each one comes with 60/40-split flat-folding rear seats that can help you make more than twice as much space.


Subaru Outback

Subaru Crosstrek

Cargo Room Behind Row (front/rear)

73.3 cubic feet/35.5 cubic feet

55.3 cubic feet/ 20.8 cubic feet

Headroom (front/rear)

40.8 inches/38.9 inches

39.8 inches/38.0 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.9 inches/38.1 inches

43.1 inches/36.5 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

58.1 inches/57.3 inches

56.7 inches/55.6 inches

Subaru Safety

Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Crosstrek were named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They earned this recognition with their standard all-wheel drive and advanced airbag systems. Each one features front airbags, front side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and Side-Curtain Airbags that cover both rows of seats.

To prevent fender benders, you can check behind your vehicle whenever you back up. Simply put it in reverse and the dashboard monitor shows you what the Rear Vision Camera sees. For more awareness while you drive, there's the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. It watches out for you with features like:

  • Pre-collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

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Contact Maguire Subaru to learn more about this Subaru Outback vs. Crosstrek comparison and test drive the one that's right for you. Both vehicles offer a safe, comfortable, and efficient performance to drivers and families in Ithaca.

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