2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

With an all-new design for the 2020 model year, the ever-popular Subaru Outback is back and better than ever! But how do you know it's the right Subaru model for your family? Well, the best way to find out is to take them all for a test drive. But we realize that's just not practical. To give you a head start, take a look at model comparison pages like these from McKenna Subaru. We'll compare the latest Subaru models side-by-side so you can better understand the differences and which model has the features, capacity, capability and safety you demand for your family. Below, we'll compare the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback against its lookalike little brother the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Exterior

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Outback: Size & Capacity

The Subaru Crosstrek is considered a compact crossover and the 2020 Subaru Outback is a small SUV that's perhaps better understood as a station wagon -- a station wagon that trades in vintage wood paneling for a sophisticated look and durable body cladding for additional ruggedness. As you might expect, this means the 2020 Subaru Outback has more room inside for extra comfort on longer drives.

With 36.5" of second row legroom and 20.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is a fantastic commuter with plenty of capability for dirt roads and space for groceries and suitcases. But with 39.5" of second row legroom and 32.5 cubic feet of standard cargo volume, the 2020 Subaru Outback is a better choice for families and longer drives.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Interior

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Outback: Exterior Design

The 2020 Subaru Outback is all-new and that means it boasts the latest in exterior design features. LED exterior lighting is standard for a sharp, modern look along with a roof rack that includes roof rails, integrated crossbars and convenient cargo tie-downs. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with halogen lighting and roof rails only. However, both models can be equipped with steering-responsive LED headlights for the most advanced lighting available from the Subaru brand.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Outback: Interior Features

Standard features on both these SUVs include basics like power windows, mirrors and locks, 60/40 split folding rear seats and even some more premium features like standard automatic climate control. Best of all, both vehicles feature a touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay®; and Android Auto™ for your compatible smartphone. However, in the 2020 Subaru Outback, you'll get a pair of 7" touchscreens at the entry level while premium trim levels get a gorgeous, portrait-oriented 11.6" display. In the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. A single 6.5" touchscreen is standard with an optional 8" display with built-in navigation as an available option.

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek offers sporty exclusive accents like cloth or leather upholstery with orange accent stitching. But the 2020 Subaru Outback has a whole lot of optional upgrades you can't get on the Subaru Crosstrek, including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a hands-free power rear liftgate.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs Outback Features

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Outback: Performance

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek makes a bit less power than the 2020 Subaru Outback, but it's also smaller and lighter. When it comes to the everyday drive, both models will provide a similar driving experience. Best of all, they both come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a generous 8.7" of ground clearance for impressive all-terrain ability.

With 152 horsepower and up to 33 MPG, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek strikes an ideal balance between power and efficiency. The 2020 Subaru Outback comes standard with 182 horsepower and also earns up to 33 MPG. However, only the 2020 Subaru Outback boasts an optional turbocharged engine. Boosting power to 260 horsepower and up to 30 MPG, the 2020 Subaru Outback XT models give you more guts and more technology for off-roading, overlanding or just the family road trip.

If you want the engaging drive that only comes with a manual transmission, choose the entry-level 2020 Subaru Crosstrek model. The all-new Outback isn't available with a stick-shift.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Subaru Outback: Driver Assistance

Subaru EyeSight® is an advanced package of driver assist features that can help monitor the road around you and alert you to a collision risk so you can react safely and confidently. Subaru EyeSight® consists of forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. On the 2020 Subaru Outback, all this technology comes totally standard.

Meanwhile, on the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, it's standard on models with the optional automatic transmission. The entry-level model with the manual transmission is lacking Subaru EyeSight® technology.

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Which Subaru Model Is Right For Your Family?

For affordable all-wheel drive capability and Subaru toughness, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is an outstanding value, starting at an MSRP of just $22,145. The all new 2020 Subaru Outback with a bigger cabin and even more features, technology and utility starts at an MSRP of $26,645. And if you demand turbocharged performance and all the latest optional gear, stepping up to the 2020 Subaru Outback XT has a starting MSRP of $34,895. Swing into McKenna Subaru today to test drive them all and discover which one is the best fit for your life in Southern California.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Outback
$22,145Starting MSRP*$26,645
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Economy (MPG) With Automatic Transmission33 Highway / 26 City
152Standard Horsepower182
Not AvailableEngine 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.