Compare 2023 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2023 Subaru Outback
2023 Subaru Crosstrek 2023 Subaru Outback


2.0L 4-Cylinder 2.5L 4-Cylinder


152 hp 182 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

22/29 (manual) or 28/33 (automatic) * 26/32 *

  Max Cargo Space

55.3 cubic feet 75.6 cubic feet

  Max Towing Capacity

1,500 lbs ** 3,500 lbs **

  Rear Legroom

36.5 inches 39.5 inches

  Hybrid Model Available

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2023 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2023 Subaru Outback

Serving Fairfax, VA

As you search for a capable, well-equipped crossover that can keep up with your active lifestyle, your attention may naturally turn to the Subaru lineup. The sporty Crosstrek and the wagon-like Outback have relentless appeal and are often compared. At Farrish Subaru, we understand your need to select a new vehicle that lives up to every need and expectation, and our team is available to assist with your detailed review of the 2023 Crosstrek and the 2023 Outback.


Two trim-specific powertrains are offered for the Subaru Crosstrek. The base and Premium trims have a 152-horsepower, four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine. You can choose between a six-speed manual or a continuously variable auto transmission for these trims. The Sport and Limited trims pull 182 horsepower from a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and this is mated exclusively to a CVT. All trims have standard all-wheel drive. Two engine systems are also offered across the nine Outback trims. Most come with the same 182-horsepower engine that is in the Crosstrek. However, the Outback XT and Wilderness have a 260-horsepower, four-cylinder, 2.4-liter turbo system. These both come with a CTV and all-wheel drive.


Sporty angles mark the façade of the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek through the tapered roof and hood. Across the sides, an athletic, slanted accent is paired with molded fenders. The trapezoid-like grille is enhanced by a chrome bar running through it, and the grille sits over a powerful bumper. The long, LED-enhanced headlights have a muted, triangular shape. Below the lights, a metallic, L-shaped bar sits close to the foglights. The Subaru Outback has an upright, taller stance with less of an angle through the roof. The sides are almost smooth, and they are accompanied by thick molding—the molding rounds across the bumpers. The Outback’s grille is slightly larger, and the LED accent bar in the headlights is more dramatic.


Many of the same features in the 2023 Outback are also available in the 2023 Crosstrek. Some shared items are a digital rearview mirror, cross-traffic detection, leather material, a navigation system, a sunroof, rear auto braking, a Harman Kardon audio system, heated front seats, and other desired features. The Outback is also available with heated rear seats, driver’s memory settings, pedestrian detection, and a few others.

We invite you to take a closer look at the Outback, and Crosstrek trims available in our inventory today. Contact our friendly sales team today to plan your trip to Farrish Subaru.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
** Certain limitations apply. See Owner’s Manual for details.