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2018 Subaru Crosstrek


2018 Subaru Outback

2.0-liter DOHC


2.5-liter DOHC
27 city / 33 hwy

Fuel Economy

25 city / 32 hwy
152 HP


175 HP

Differences Between 2018 Subaru Crosstrek & 2018 Subaru Outback

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The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2018 Subaru Outback share many common traits. Choosing the right one for you is easier if you know how the two compare. In this review, we'll take a look at performance, features, and safety to see how they match up.


Crosstreks have an efficient 152-horsepower engine and responsive steering. Noise is well-controlled, and ride quality is refined. There’s a choice of automatic and manual transmissions. Owners can expect to save at the pump. Gas mileage is 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gives you more tools for poor traction. Tow ratings are capped at 1,500 pounds.

The Outback also has Symmetrical AWD with hill hold and hill descent control. When moving down an incline at a slow speed, the Outback will regulate the throttle and braking to keep the ride safe. Like the Crosstrek, the SUV has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and you can get X Mode for off-roading expertise. Mated with an automatic, the base level engine is a fuel-efficient 175-horsepower unit that saves you money at purchase and at the pump. The popular Boxer flat-six engine kicks out 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. It can tow up to 3,000 pounds.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Interior


The Crosstrek has a spacious 100.9 cu.ft. cabin, having gained three cubic feet in its last redesign. The hold is rated at 21 cu.ft. The Outback has an even bigger cabin, rated at 108 cubic feet. Its hold is rated at 35.5 cu.ft. This can expand to 73 cubic feet with the folding seats. Both vehicles have a large opening that makes loading easier. Outbacks have a power liftgate on the menu. Similar feature packages make the base level of each edition a good value. Standards include a rearview camera, a driver information display, and a Starlink touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto add dozens of apps. The top Crosstrek has automatic climate controls, push button start and a power-adjusting driver’s seat. The Outback’s top edition has wood grain trim and leather upholstery with contrast stitching on the seats, dash, and doors.

2018 Subaru Outback Interior


When it comes to safety, the two wagons have similar records. Both SUVs earned an Insurance Institute Superior rating for Subaru's EyeSight systems. These are designed to keep the driver aware of dangers up front, behind, or to the side. Automatic braking can prevent forward collisions or reduce the chances of a bad accident. A rear autobrake is now offered to prevent common fender benders.

Seeing these two side by side can tell you more. Find the right Crosstrek or Outback wagon for you at Proctor Subaru.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.