2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Both the smaller 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the renowned 2021 Subaru Outback feature the signature Subaru look and Subaru quality, toughness and value. They even look alike, too! But one is a compact crossover and the other is a wagon-inspired premium small SUV. And since they're closer in price than you might expect, you'll probably want to take a closer look at both models to see which one fits your family better. That's where we come in. Below, we'll explain in plain english the differences between these two Subaru models so you can make an educated choice about your next new family vehicle.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Exterior

Exterior: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Subaru Outback

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is more closely related to the Impreza 5-Door -- but when it comes to exterior style and utility, the Crosstrek takes after the 2021 Subaru Outback with standard features like 8.7" of ground clearance, durable body paneling and standard roof rails.

However, the 2021 Subaru Outback has some superior features to go with its larger size and higher asking price. New for 2021, every new Subaru Outback now comes with LED steering responsive headlights. That's a feature that'll cost you extra on the 2021 Crosstrek as an optional upgrade. The 2021 Outback is also available with a power rear liftgate, a convenient feature that isn't available on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek at all.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Interior

Interior: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Subaru Outback

When it comes to size, the 2021 Subaru Outback is noticeably larger. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is based on the compact Impreza 5-Door, giving it city-friendly size and making it easy to park in tight spaces. It's also remarkably practical with up to 55.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space and 36.5" of rear seat legroom. For even more versatility and comfort, the 2021 Subaru Outback is a worthy upgrade. It'll give you up to 75.7 cubic feet of cargo volume and add extra 3" of rear legroom compared to the Crosstrek.

While both cars come with similar multimedia technology, the 2021 Subaru Outback does start out with a few advantages. Both vehicles feature standard Apple CarPlay&trade, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® for your compatible smartphone. But the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek features a standard 6.5" multimedia touchscreen at the entry-level. Instead, entry-level 2021 Subaru Outback models feature a dual-screen multimedia system with a pair of 7" touchscreens. That way, you can keep even more settings and controls at your fingertips. Or, upgrade above the entry-level Subaru Outback to enjoy a huge 11.6-inch touchscreen. It's another feature you won't find in the Subaru Crosstrek.

If you want a more luxurious family vehicle, the 2021 Subaru Outback offers some exclusive options you can't get on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Performance: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Subaru Outback

The entry-level 2021 Subaru Crosstrek features a smooth, efficient 2.0L BOXER® engine making 152 horsepower. That's a healthy amount of power for the daily drive around town, but people have asked for a more powerful Crosstrek. For the 2021 model year, Subaru has delivered! The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport now features a 2.5L BOXER® engine making 182 horsepower for an even more confident drive. That trim level also gets dual-function X-MODE® for even greater ability on unpaved roads.

By contrast, the available engine upgrade in the Crosstrek is the standard engine in the 2021 Subaru Outback. The entry-level Outback models feature a 2.5L engine and 182 horsepower. But if you need the most powerful Subaru performance, choose a 2021 Subaru Outback XT! These models get a turbocharged BOXER® engine from the Subaru Ascent making 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. That gives you more quickness for highway merging and passing as well as a greater towing capacity.

Best of all, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive provides both vehicles with better control and agility on the pavement and off.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Features

Safety: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Subaru Outback

The 2021 Subaru Outback comes totally standard with Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technology. This suite of advanced safety aids includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise control! These features can help you avoid the most common crash risks and help keep you safely in control -- even on crowded Southern California freeways. Adaptive cruise control can even take the stress out of dense highway traffic.

Meanwhile, EyeSight® is an available upgrade that comes standard with all 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vehicles that feature a CVT automatic transmission. All 2021 Subaru Outback vehicles are automatics, but entry-level 2021 Subaru Crosstrek models feature a six-speed manual transmission and lack these popular driver assistance features at the entry level.

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Starting at an MSRP of $22,245, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is an outstanding value. It's priced competitively with other compact crossovers, but with more than 55 cubic feet of cargo space and standard all-wheel drive, it provides more value for your money. But if you need the legendary toughness of Subaru with even more interior comfort, technology and performance, the 2021 Subaru Outback has a starting MSRP of $26,795. Come test drive them both at McKenna Subaru in Norwalk, CA! Or keep learning at the links below.

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.