Subaru Outback vs Subaru Forester vs Subaru Crosstrek in Syracuse New York

Key Differences between Popular Subaru Models

At Bill Rapp Subaru in Syracuse we love all of the Subaru models on our lots. But, we understand that sometimes making a decision between the carmaker's lineup of outstanding, reliable cars can be a challenge.

Every Subaru car in the lineup has its own shape and size and its unique abilities. Understanding those differences is the key to making your decision process easier. Here, we've taken three of our favorite Subaru models and put them head to head so you can understand their similarities and differences as you shop for your next new car.

Pictured Left to Right Above: Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek are three great cars from Subaru. All have the signature Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard, paired with a boxer-style engine. All are great in inclement weather and questionable road conditions.

Plus, each model comes standard with safety features, including traction control and anti-lock brakes. They all also have Subaru's innovative EyeSight safety suite and other accident avoidance technologies available.

But, each model has its own distinct body shape, which translates to different measurements all around. Read on for a numbers-by-numbers breakdown of these similar but different cars.

Subaru Outback Pictured Above

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is distinguishable because it looks like a beefed up, rugged wagon. It is longer than the other two models on the list, at 189.6 inches long, making for very different dimensions throughout.

  • Interior. Longer body style translates to roomy interior. This SUV/car crossover seats five with plenty of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom in both the front and rear seats. In fact, passengers in the front seat get 42.9 inches of legroom, while backseat passengers receive 38.1 inches.
  • Cargo storage. The Outback also offers tremendous cargo space, with 35.5 cubic feet. Plus, with its low roofline, putting items in a roof racks or rooftop cargo box is a breeze.
  • Tech features. Every Outback model comes standard with automatic headlights and rearview camera. Plus, as you move up trim levels you can add more and more features.

Subaru Forester Pictured Above

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is a boxier style and has the appearance of a traditional SUV crossover. What this translates to the inside is more headroom, as the Forester is overall taller than the other two models, measuring 68.2 inches.

  • Interior. Passengers riding in the Forester receive about 40 inches of headroom, as well as 43 inches of legroom in the front and 38 inches in the rear.
  • Cargo storage. When it comes to toting your gear, the Forester has 31.5 cubic feet of storage with the seats in place, and 68.5 cubic feet with the backseat folded. Plus, with its higher roofline, the Forester is perfect if you carry a lot of taller objects.
  • Tech features. Every Forester model comes standard with a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a rearview backup camera.

Subaru Crosstrek Pictured Above

Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is a compact hatchback. It's exterior appearance is more rugged and quirky than the other two models. It is also shorter than the previous models in height and length. It is just 63.6 inches tall and 175.2 inches long.

  • Interior. Passengers in the Crosstrek receive 43.5 inches of legroom in the front seat, and 35.4 inches in the rear.
  • Cargo storage. The cargo space in the Crosstrek is significantly smaller than the previous two models, thanks to its compact size. However, it still offers an impressive amount of storage, with 22.3 cubic feet with the seats in place, and 51.9 cubic feet with the backseats folded.
  • Tech features. Every Crosstrek comes with the same standard infotainment system and rearview camera as the previous models and drivers can add more and more features as they move up trim levels.

Shopping for these Models and More in Syracuse, New York

Now that you are more aware of the key differences between these three models, hopefully you'll be better able to choose the one that works for you and your family. When you're ready to compare models in person, stop by and visit us on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse. We're convenient to a number of area upstate New York towns, including Auburn, Cortland, and Rome.

Bill Rapp Subaru

3446 Burnet Ave
Directions Syracuse, NY 13206

  • Call or Text Sales: (877) 845-1402
  • Service: (888) 319-1910
  • Parts: (888) 615-1347


  • Monday 09:00am - 08:00pm
  • Tuesday 09:00am - 08:00pm
  • Wednesday 09:00am - 08:00pm
  • Thursday 09:00am - 08:00pm
  • Friday 09:00am - 06:00pm
  • Saturday 09:00am - 05:00pm
  • Sunday Closed