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2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Subaru Outback with bicycles on the roof rack 

2020 Subaru Outback

Trying to decide between the Subaru Crosstrek vs. Outback? Talk to any Scotts Valley Subaru owner and you'll hear praise for Crosstrek and Outback. Both are packed with exciting standard features and offer impressive performance whether you're heading to work or road-tripping with your family. Finding the right vehicle for daily life might be challenging. Read this comparison from Santa Cruz Subaru to make the tough decision between the Subaru Crosstrek vs. Outback, then check out our Subaru specials!

2020 Crosstrek or Outback: Engine & Performance 

For Monterey drivers searching for an SUV on a family-friendly budget, the Crosstrek is easier on the wallet but the Outback offers stauncher performance. While the SUVs' engines are similar, the Outback delivers greater horsepower, more torque, and almost double the towing capacity. But if you're not hauling cargo to the job site, and maybe just the family to a weekend getaway to Aptos, the Crosstrek would be a better choice due to the lower MSRP. Engine and performance specs are below:


  • 1,500-pound towing capacity
  • 152 horsepower
  • 25 MPG (combined)


  • 2,700-pound towing capacity
  • 176 horsepower
  • 29 MPG (combined)

2020 Crosstrek or Outback: Trim Levels 

For SUVs packed with standard features, including all-wheel drive, both the Crosstrek and Outback are modestly priced with so much to offer. Watsonville drivers looking to add more advanced features to their already proficient pickups have seven trim levels to choose from with the Outback and four configurations with the Crosstrek. An overview of trim levels and starting MSRPs are below:


  • Crosstrek: $22,145
  • Premium: $23,195
  • Limited: $27,395
  • Hybrid: $35,145


  • Outback: $26,645
  • Premium: $28,895
  • Limited: $33,445
  • Touring: $37,345
  • Onyx Edition XT: $34,895
  • Limited XT: $37,745
  • Touring XT: $39,695

Choose the Crosstrek or Outback With Santa Cruz Subaru

While the Outback delivers more power for Santa Cruz drivers needing an SUV for towing capacity, the Crosstrek offers an almost identical engine, captivating colors, and a family-friendly price. Reach out to Santa Cruz Subaru to help you decide between the Crosstrek or Outback! We can also help you decide between the 2020 Outback and Forester. Browse both our Outback and Crosstrek inventory in Capitola and find out if you're pre-qualified. We're looking forward to helping you decide between the Subaru Crosstrek or Outback!


*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.