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Subaru Crosstrek vs. Subaru Outback

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Subaru Crosstrek

$538
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Subaru Outback

$657
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Subaru Crosstrek Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 25th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $538 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is high, the likelihood of a major issue is low, so you may experience a few more visits to your shop for minor issues.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Subaru Outback Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 17th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $657 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the Outback.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$538
inexpensive
expensive
$657
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
1.09
not often
very often
0.51
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
6%
not urgent
urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(1)
4
(11)
3
(10)
2
(1)
1
(1)
The Subaru Outback ranks highest in suspension and ranks lowest in engine.
“I have a 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 with 32,000 miles that I bought used in 2012. Four years later I now have less than 52,000 miles on it. After going to the shop 4 times for chugging on accelerati...”
“I have a 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 with 32,000 miles that I bought used in 2012. Four years later ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Subaru Outback and the Subaru Crosstrek are two SUVs from the same manufacturer. The Subaru Outback is a midsize two-row, car-based SUV. The Subaru Crosstrek is a compact two-row, car-based, five-door hatchback SUV. Both the Outback and the Crosstrek come with standard all-wheel drive. 

The engine choices between the Outback and the Crosstrek vary, as you might expect with different-sized vehicles. The larger Outback has a standard engine with 175 horsepower, and an optional engine with 256 horsepower. The smaller Crosstrek has a single engine choice, which puts out 152 horsepower.

Cargo capacity is another major difference between these two Subaru vehicles. The Subaru Outback gives you 73.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The Subaru Crosstrek, with its shorter wheelbase and sloping hatchback roofline, has a total of 55.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Choosing between the Subaru Outback and the Subaru Crosstrek is primarily about how much space you need. If you have a family, or need to carry big loads on a regular basis, the Outback makes more sense. But if a smaller vehicle will suit your needs just as well, go with the Crosstrek.

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