There is no doubt that Subaru is known for producing reliable, stylish, and innovative crossovers. So, it's not a hard decision to gravitate towards their lineup when shopping for a new model. Two of the most popular in the area prove to be the Subaru Outback and Subaru Crosstrek both fine choices for your next set of wheels.

When it comes to choosing between the Subaru Outback and the Subaru Crosstrek, there's a lot to consider. Both models offer impressive powertrains, spacious and comfortable interiors, and plenty of advanced technology. So, how will shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, Pennsylvania, choose?

We at Fred Beans Subaru hope to help you do just that with this detailed 2020 Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Crosstrek comparison. Read ahead to see whether the Outback or the Crosstrek is the best fit for your lifestyle!

2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Standard Horsepower

182 HP

152 HP

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive



Seating Capacity



Max Cargo Space

75.7 cu. ft.

55.3 cu. ft.

Front Legroom

42.8 in.

43.1 in.

2020 Outback vs 2020 Crosstrek: Performance

Subaru ensures all of its vehicles are ready to hit the road with plenty of vigor and easy control. This is no different for the Crosstrek and Outback. All you have to do is find a configuration that suits your needs the best.

The 2020 Subaru Outback gives you the choice between two different engines: There's the standard 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® with 182 horsepower and a 260-horsepower 2.4L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine. The standard engine provides you with a great fuel economy of an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG, while the latter gives you an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG. Learn more about Subaru Outback's Performance Specs.

With the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, you'll only have one engine-the 2.0L SUBARU BOXER®-with its 152 horsepower. However, this powertrain can be paired with a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor to drastically enhance your efficiency. On the Crosstrek Hybrid trim, you'll go from a standard EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG to a whopping EPA-estimated 90 MPGe. Learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek's Performance Specs.

Additionally, both models are also equipped with a standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and have 8.7 inches of ground clearance for unstoppable off-road capabilities. You can also round out your powertrain in either model with the Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which is standard in the 2020 Outback and available in the 2020 Crosstrek.

Outback vs Crosstrek: Advanced Safety

To make sure that you and each one of your passengers is safe no matter where you're heading, both the 2020 Subaru Outback safety suite and the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek safety suite are equipped with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes the following features:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-collision Braking
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning

These advanced features are designed to act like a smart co-pilot that can not only predict collisions and accidents but act automatically to help you prevent them. In fact, it's been proven that EyeSight® can reduce rear-end collisions resulting in injury by up to 85%.

Subaru Outback vs Subaru Crosstrek: Top-Notch Technology

On top of the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that you'll get in both the 2020 Subaru Outback and the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, you'll also get a wide variety of technology features that are geared toward convenience and entertainment.

For starters, both models offer a STARLINK® multimedia system that offers all kinds of wireless connectivity options, including Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™. Use these features to stay connected even when you're behind the wheel.

All of this is controlled by your dashboard touchscreen, which spans a standard seven inches in the Outback and 6.5 inches in the Crosstrek. However, you can also upgrade for a larger 8-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn navigation in the Subaru Crosstrek or to a whopping 11.6-inch display in the Subaru Outback.

Both models can also be equipped with a few unique features of their own. In the Outback, you can opt for a 12-speaker, 576-watt premium Harman Kardon® audio system. The Crosstrek, on the other hand, offers an available Wi-Fi® hotspot that can be used for unlimited streaming and surfing on the go.

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek: Interiors

Whether you're hopping inside the Outback or the Crosstrek, you'll find plenty of amenities that keep you cozy on the road. In both models, available features like heated front seats, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control are sure to keep you and your passengers cozy.

There is also a lot of space in these crossovers perfect for traveling with people, cargo, or both. If you're looking for more room inside, the Subaru Outback's interior may be your best bet. This model can hold five in its 109 cubic feet of passenger space and has a standard cargo room of 32.5 cubic feet. The cargo can also be extended to 75.7 cubic feet when the second row is folded down.

If you don't need something as large, the Subaru Crosstrek's interior is perfect. It can still seat up to five people but offers a slightly smaller passenger volume of 100.9 cubic feet. However, it does offer a generous cargo area with 20.8 cubic feet when the seats are upright and 55.3 cubic feet when folded down.

Other interior dimensions of the Outback and Crosstrek include:


2020 Outback Dimensions

2020 Crosstrek Dimensions

Headroom front/rear

40.1 in. / 39.1 in.

39.8 in. / 38 in.

Legroom front/rear

42.8 in. / 39.5 in.

43.1 in. / 36.5 in.

Shoulder Room front/rear

58.1 in. / 57.4 in.

56.7 in. / 55.6 in.

2020 Subaru Outback vs Subaru Crosstrek: The Choice is Yours

As you can see, Subaru pulls out all the stops when it comes to the 2020 Outback and the 2020 Crosstrek. Both models excel when it comes to performance, interior features, spacious cabins, and technology, meaning you're looking good no matter which one you decide to go with. Read our Outback reviews and Crosstrek reviews to learn more about both of these great SUVs!

Explore both models for yourself by taking a test drive with us at Fred Beans Subaru. Shoppers around Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, PA, can schedule a test drive today by contacting us online or giving us a call!

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