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2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Crosstrek

2021 Outback
Up to 5

Max Seating

Up to 5
2.5L Direct-Injection SUBARU BOXER® Engine

Base Engine

2.5L Direct-Injection SUBARU BOXER® Engine
55.3 cubic feet (with rear seatbacks lowered)

Max Cargo Space

75.7 cubic feet (with rear seat lowered)
1,500 pounds

Base Towing Capacity

2,700 pounds
Up to 27 mpg city / 34 mpg highway*

Base Fuel Economy

26 mpg city / 33 mpg highway*



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If you’ve been shopping for a sportier crossover, the Subaru Crosstrek or the Outback would be excellent options. These two Subaru models deliver excellent performance, strong fuel economy, surprising towing capacity, and are packed with standard features. If they’re under consideration, read our Subaru Crosstrek vs. Outback guide.

Once you’re done reading, learn about how you can save thousands on a Subaru Crosstrek or Outback with similar features and capabilities by exploring the inventory of branded title vehicles at an AutoSavvy dealership near you. With locations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Omaha, and elsewhere, we’re likely nearby! 

Crosstrek vs. Outback: Engine Performance

While the Crosstrek is more affordable, drivers split between choosing the Crosstrek or Outback should note that the Outback has usually tended to feature more powerful engine options. Here are recent specs for 2021: 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

  • Base Engine: 2.5L Direct-Injection SUBARU BOXER Engine
  • Horsepower: 182 hp
  • Base Towing: 1,500 pounds
  • Fuel Economy: Up to 27 mpg city / 34 mpg highway*

2021 Subaru Outback

  • Base Engine: 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-Cylinder
  • Horsepower: 182 hp
  • Base Towing: 2,700 pounds
  • Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city / 33 mpg highway*

The Subaru Outback maintains a slight edge from the get-go and also offers an available engine (the Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4) that gets 260 hp while only dropping fuel economy down to 30 mpg highway* and 23 mpg city*. 

Crosstrek vs. Outback: Cargo Space

When it comes to cargo space and passenger space, the Outback is a slightly larger version of the Crosstrek: 

  • 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Interior: Expect 100.09 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 55.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. 
  • 2021 Subaru Outback Interior: Total passenger volume comes in at 109 cubic feet and cargo volume maxes out at 75.7 cubic feet.

Again, whether you choose the new Subaru or you’re looking to save on a used one, you can expect the Outback to always be slightly larger than the Crosstrek, regardless of the model year you choose. 

2021 Subaru Outback cargo area

Explore Our Inventory of Branded Title Subaru Models

Now that you’ve compared the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek vs. the Outback, AutoSavvy has a proposition. New vehicles take the greatest hit to their value in the first 3 years of ownership. Why pay for that inflated value balloon when you can buy a nearly new Crosstrek or Outback with similar specs to the 2021 models for thousands less? Explore our guide on branded title vehicles if you’re intrigued.

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