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2021 Subaru Outback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 29, 2020

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The Outback nameplate was initially launched in 1994 and has been standing strong for all these years. In 2020, the crossover entered its sixth-generation. The 2021 Subaru Outback slots itself above the Forester and Ascent and offers a fusion of a go-anywhere SUV and comfortable 3-row SUV. The addition of Subaru's famed Boxer engine also gives it an uncanny connection to its rich past along with commendable performance.

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The Subaru Outback was completely redesigned in 2020 and received a fair share of updates. Thus the same is being carried forward to 2021 without any major changes. It, however, gets a few updates on the comfort and safety front that helps occupants stay assured on the journey. Subaru has carefully thought-out the design cues of the Outback to make it extremely practical off the roads while holding onto its sleek design language.


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Pros

Stupendous reliability

Great pricing

Good Towing Capacity

Excellent ride and handling

Cons

Styling feels dated

Not the best performing engine

What's New?

Car remians unchanged from 2020


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26795

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152

horsepower

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

CVT

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

108.1 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

73.0 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3634 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

109 cu ft.

cargo volume

32.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

payload capacity

1071 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

133 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/33 mpg

highway range

610.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ Unlimited mi.


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Styles

2021 Subaru Outback in Gray Metallic color
Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

7.5

Buying Advice

7.6

Engine And Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.3

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Subaru Outback Base

Base

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$26,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,795 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Outback Premium

Premium

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$29,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $29,045 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$33,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $33,595 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT

Onyx Edition XT

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$35,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Onyx Edition XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $35,145 MSRP (25/28/32) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Outback Touring

Touring

power
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$37,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $37,495 MSRP (25/28/32) 182 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Outback Limited XT

Limited XT

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$37,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $37,995 MSRP (25/28/32) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

2021 Subaru Outback Touring XT

Touring XT

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$39,945


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $39,945 MSRP (25/28/32) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The brand Subaru is often associated close to the hearts of Aficionados, owing to their bold move of retaining the boxer engines, and of course, the legendary Symmetrical AWD that these folks have invented. Both of these have been retained and improved for in the 2021 Outback and it that makes it a fine performance on any given terrain. Practicality is the key here and Subaru has excelled it withholding this factor in the 2021 Outback.

While Subaru’s lineup is absolutely star-studded with names such as the Impreza, WRX, and BRZ, one offering of this Japanese auto-marque that has been gaining a lot of attention in the last few years is the Outback. This is because of its impressively high standards in terms of cabin comfort and ease of drivability. There aren't any direct competitors for the Subaru Outback as most of the off-road-ready family wagons are concentrated in the higher segment and thus the closest bunch it fares against includes the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage.


8.0/10
Features

7.5/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.6/10
Buying Advice

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

6.3/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

Subaru took a whole lot of effort in order to revamp the Outback in 2020 when this crossover utility vehicle entered its sixth-generation. Major changes were made to the Outback inside-out in 2020. Since the vehicle is totally fresh and young, it has been carried over mostly unchanged for 2021. The notable updates are in the form of new standard safety features that includes adaptive headlamps, a rear-seat reminder system, and a passenger's seatbelt warning light and chime. Powertrains have also been retained for 2021 with its standard AWD layout across its trims.

The 2021 Subaru Outback is priced marginally higher owning to the new standard bunch of features and changing government taxation rules. But it still maintains its VFM factor and is priced from $26,795 for the base trim all the way up to $39,945 for the Touring XT trim. The Onyx Edition is the cheapest of the turbocharged bunch and the other trims lower than that is equipped with a 2.5L Naturally Aspirated Boxer-4 unit.

Trim

Base

Premium

Limited

Touring

Onyx Edition XT

Limited

XT

Touring XT

MSRP (AWD) (Expected)

$26,795

$29,045

$33,595

$37,495

$35,145

$37,995

$39,945

 Key Features  (Expected)  

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Adds/Replaces these from Base

Adds/Replaces these from Premium Adds/Replaces these from Limited Adds/Replaces these from Touring Adds/Replaces these from onyx Edition XT Adds/Replaces these from Limited XT
 

SUBARU STARLINK Dual 7-inch Multimedia

Dual Zone Climate Control

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery

Power tilt moonroof

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery 

Nappa Leather-Trimmed Upholstery

 

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

10-WAY power-adjustable driver's seat

18-inch alloy wheels

Satin Chrome finish ORVMs

Body-colored door handles

ORVMs with integrated turn signals

2-position Driver Seat Memory

 

Lineartronic CVT

Heated Front Seats

Power adjustable driver and front passenger seat

Ventilated Front Seats

StarTex water repellent upholstery

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

 
 

Hill Descent Control

(HDC)

Dual Rear seat USB charging ports

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

STARLINK 11.6-inch navigation

     

Priced from $29,045, the Outback Premium increases by just $150 over the prior year. The Premium includes all the standard equipment from the Base and adds several features including the  All-Weather Package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system; 10-way power driver seat, and two USB charging ports in the rear section of the center console.

Priced from $35,145 the Outback Onyx Edition XT increases just $250 from the previous year.  The newest member of the Outback family includes all the standard features from the Premium plus the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine, Hands-Free Power Gate, 180-Degree Front View Monitor, Dual-Mode X-MODE, and a full-size spare tire.  The rugged SUV also comes standard with unique black-finish exterior elements and 18-inch alloy wheels.

This wholesome bundle of features continues across the trim table and at the far end of this spectrum, the Outback Touring XT is priced at $39,945, just $250 over the 20MY MSRP, and comes with all the standard equipment of the Touring and adds the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine.


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2021 Subaru Outback Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.5/10

​Subarus of the past has been accounted for with questionable reliability. However, things have changed and Subaru as a brand is back at it at full pace. The Outback too has seen a lot of technological advancements in its recent facelifts and has been quite solid in terms of reliability, which is slated to continue with the 2021 Subaru Outback's reliability as well. With more than thousands of Outbacks on the road each year, it’s no surprise the midsize SUV is a hit amongst the general public.

2021 Subaru Outback Reliability and Ownership Costs

When it comes to vehicle ownership, reliability plays an important role. The Subaru Outback scored an overall score of 79 out of 100 in the J.D.Power Report for reliability which is commendable. The Subaru gets a score of 86 in the overall driving experience as the AWD is tuned more towards proper dirt splash. That said in terms of resale value and customer satisfaction the Subaru Outback scored 79 and 81 respectively.

Also, the Outback hasn't accounted for any recalls as per the NHTSA, which is reassuring. Ownership costs for the Subaru Outback stand-in at $35,400 for a period of  5 years. It includes everything from repairs, taxes, fees, and even fuel costs. The $35,000 cost of ownership might not seem too much but given the Outback is a more driver-focussed crossover SUV, it's a bargain.

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Insurance

$748 $774 $801 $829 $858 $4,010

Maintenance

$347 $697 $448 $2,195 $838 $4,525

Repairs

$0 $0 $107 $255 $373 $735

Taxes & Fees

$1,854 $93 $93 $93 $93 $2,226

Financing

$1,989 $1,599 $1,184 $741 $268 $5,781

Depreciation

$6,588 $2,577 $2,438 $2,860 $2,709 $17,172
Fuel $1,137 $1,172 $1,207 $1,243

$1,280

$6,039

Real Cost of Ownership

$12,663 $6,912 $6,278 $8,216 $6,419 $40,488

The average price paid for a Subaru Outback is $27,645. The pricing of car changes according to different states across the country. This is largely due to destination fees and state taxes. Interestingly different states provide different leasing and financing deals for cars and in some cases, the difference is significantly large.

Warranty

Before you start cursing your luck bear in mind that if things go south with your new Outback, Subaru has your back with a comprehensive slue of warranty packages. It has surely not been a smooth ride for Subaru but things are moving on the right track with improved mechanics and stronger warranty packages mentioned below.

Criteria

Period

Limited Basic Warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles

Limited Powertrain Warranty

5 years/ 60,000miles

Limited anti-perforation warranty

5 years/ Unlimited miles

Roadside assistance plan

3 years/ 36,000 miles

The only gripe we have with the warranty schemes offered is that Roadside assistance is an additional package. The Outback still comes with many things that can make it a lucrative buy at your budget. Apart from the standard bunch of warranty packages, Subaru also offers

Miles per dollar

In this we’ll be factoring the annual maintenance cost and how many miles the car runs on average in a year. From what we dug up, the annual maintenance cost for an Outback including fuel costs, taxes, and finances is around $4,138. On average, cars drive 15,000 miles a year, therefore if we factor both in we’ll get a definitive MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 3.62. This indicates that the Subaru Outback can run 3.62 miles for every dollar you spend on it.


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2021 Subaru Outback Buying Advice

7.6/10

The Onyx Edition XT, which is procurable at $35,145 makes more sense with Subaru’s more powerful 2.4L Turbo Boxer engine which pumps out 260 horses and a more adaptive 4 wheel drive system. It even gets a unique water repellent upholstery on the inside for your weekend beach getaways.

How about a Used Subaru Outback?

As we mentioned earlier, the cost of ownership for the Subaru Outback over a period of 5 years adds up to be $41,280. Eyeing for a used Outback is never a bad option. If you are planning to pick up a pre-owned Subaru Outback, it can work in your favor, and you might just get a sweet deal for yourself.

​From what we know, the Outback loses around $4,101 in its first year as depreciation. If you were to buy the Base Outback for $27K, that’s nearly 11% of the vehicle price you’re losing in its maiden year. The curve is pretty smooth for the Outback, therefore expect steady depreciation of around half of what it would lose in its first year.

2021 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

7.7/10

When the Outback stepped into its sixth generation in the year 2020, it was evident that the engineers at Subaru have given in quite a bit of time and research in improving the engine specifications of this off-road-ready wagon. It continues for 2021 MY as well with the Subaru Outback being offered in two engine options - a 2.5L naturally aspirated flat-4 and a more potent 2.4L turbocharged flat-4. All the non XT trims of the 2021 Outback received the naturally aspirated setup which was good for 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. Of torque.

Whereas all the XT trims were complemented by the turbocharged mill that belted out a handsome set of 260 ponies and 277 lb.-ft. Of twisties. Both the engines are coupled to a continuously variable transmission which mimics an 8-speed setup, that routes all this force to all four wheels of the ride, as the Outback gets a default AWD drivetrain. We expect the 2021 Subaru outback to retain all the under the hood bits of the 2020 Outback just as it is. 

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MSRP

$26,795

$25,900 (est.)

$25,200(est.)

$23,990 (est.)

Engine

2.5L Flat-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT with modulated shifts

8-speed Automatic 

CVT with automatic shift

6-Speed Automatic

Power

182 hp @ 5,800 rpm

185 hp @ 6,000 rpm

170 hp @ 6,000 rpm

181 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Even with its smaller, naturally aspirated engine, it simply dominates the segment in terms of power figures. The Outback, along with the Hyundai Santa Fe leads the pack in terms of power output. Kia Sportage though ranks third in terms of output, yet is the fastest car in here. Meanwhile Nissan Rogue ranks last with 170 ponies tucked underneath its hood.

How quick is the 2021 Subaru Outback's acceleration?

The 2020 Subaru Outback posted a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 8.7 seconds and clocked the quarter of a mile lap in 16.6 seconds. Since all the under the hood specifications are being kept intact, these figures continue over for the 2021 model year as well. It tallies in with the competition when it comes to acceleration runs but surpasses them all in top speeds.

That explains why Subaru has stuck to the low slung design language of the Outback. With a top speed of about 139 mph, things can get wavy very fast! The swiftness is not confined to tarmac alone, as its X-Mode helps in tuning the powertrain to being quick on its feet while getting its shoes dirty as well. The standard AWD system helps as well in holding the SUV valiantly through corners as well as get a grip on while offroading. 

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

0-60 MPH 

8.7 secs

8.6 secs

8.1 secs

8.4 secs

Quarter Mile 

16.6 secs

16.5 secs

16.9 secs

16.5 secs

Top Speed 

139 mph

N/A

N/A

125 mph

All of the competitors have the same wavelength when it comes to acceleration timings. But the Outback excels in terms of top speed runs as most of the others are left hanging way behind. Kia Sportage has an edge over the rest in terms of 0-60 mph runs, due to its lowerest curb weight of the lot.

How good are the Handling and Braking of the 2021 Subaru Outback?

Handling is the standout feature of the 2021 Subaru Outback. It also happens to be the only SUV of its class to come standard with an AWD layout. This gives it an edge in terms of body control and off-road performance. Subaru has also backed this system with its impressive X-Mode drive mode that tunes the gear ratios of the CVT gearbox to farewell off the roads.

It is equally impressive on the roads as well, thanks to its low slung design language. This helps it stays stern at high speeds and the smart use of hollow anti-roll bars in its suspension layout that helps lower the sprung mass during movement without hampering the driving dynamics. Couple that with its short steering ratio, you have a nimble and sure-footed mover on the tarmac as well.

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Front Brake Rotor (in.)

12.4 12.6 11.7 12.0
Rear Brake Rotor (in.) 11.8 12.0 11.5 11.9
60-0 mph 130 114 113 115

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

3,500 5,000 1,350 2,000
Payload Capacity (lbs.) 1,701 1,138 1,130 1,302

The competition is not far behind as well in terms of driving dynamics and capacities. Braking is not Subaru's forte and it shows in its stopping power as a stopping distance of 130 feet is a bit far fetched when compared to its competitors. Hyundai has the highest towing capacity as it makes use of its larger footprint and denser mass. On the other hand, Nissan Rogue fares the least impressive, despite getting a notable makeover.


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2021 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

7.9/10

Since there are absolutely no changes underneath the hood or the transmission setup of the 2021 Subaru Outback, the fuel-efficiency of the 2021 Subaru Outback remains the same as the mpg figures of the 2020 Subaru Outback. Following these lines, we can say that the 2021 Subaru Outback, in its naturally aspirated avatar, will be able to roll for 26 miles in the city or will be able to expedite through 33 miles on the highway

Summing up these figures we get a combined mpg of 29, which is indeed segment-leading. The Subaru Outback, along with getting the best in class mpg figures, also get one of the biggest fuel tanks here. Together, these two feats help the Outback post the best in class overall range figures. The elusive combination of AWD and boxer motor not only gives it a nostalgic touch but also provides for an efficient yet fun driving experience.

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MPG (City)

26

22

26

23

MPG (Highway)

33

29

33

30

MPG (Combined)

29

25

29

26

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

18.8

14.5

16.4

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi)

481/ 611/ 536

414/ 545/ 470

377/ 479/ 420

377/ 492/ 426

All the competitors here are in close proximity to each other when it comes to fuel-efficiency. The Outback, along with the Nissan Rogue churn out the best in class mpg figures. The Kia Sportage ranks third with a combined mpg of 26, while the Santa Fe’s mpg figures earn it the last spot. Hyundai takes advantage of its larger footprint to install the largest fuel tank of the bunch

2021 Subaru Outback Interior

8.5/10

A number of much-needed changes were made to the Subaru Outback in 2020, and most of these changes were concentrated on making the crossover’s cabin a bit more in line with rivals such as the Santa Fe and Sportage. The interior updates of the 2020 Subaru Outback have been carried over unchanged for 2021 as it still packs the punch to take on the new batch of competitors.

They included an updated steering wheel, new center console, refreshed instrument panel, and gauges, and a gigantic 11.6-inch optional infotainment panel. All these bits and features of the Outback can still be referred to like new, and thus no changes will be made to the 2021 Subaru Outback’s interior. Even with its sleeker and narrower body design, Subaru has managed to make both rows as comfortable as its bigger counterparts for occupants.

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/58.1/42.8

41.2/59.1/44.1

41.6/56.6/43.0

39.3/57.1/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/57.4/39.5

39.2/58.3/40.9

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.1/55.1/38.2

The 2021 Outback’s interior can be referred to as one of the best that ever came out from a Subaru factory. The presence of ample soft-touch plastics and leather upholstery, along with perfectly contoured seats lend this crossover much of a premium vibe. The seating dimensions are as generous as they can get, and 5 passengers can sit comfortably inside the Outback.  Notable interior features of the 2021 Subaru Outback are:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Eight cup and bottle holders
  • Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats
  • Reclining 60/40 flat-folding rear seatbacks
  • Sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors

What are the Infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Subaru Outback?

The updates on the infotainment front are one of the major highlights of the updated 2020 Subaru Outback. The introduction of an 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment display which takes up all of the centers in the dashboard was a welcome change for the Outback in 2020.

Since the proprietors are pretty happy with this system, and it still is fresh and intuitive, the 2021 Subaru Outback will keep on with the same arrangement. Some of the most prominent infotainment features that will be carried forward to the 2021 Subaru Outback includes:

  • 6 speakers
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • AM/FM radio with Voice-activated feature

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2021 Subaru Outback Exterior

6.3/10

The designers at Subaru must have canceled all their vacations in order to revamp the 2020 Subaru Outback on the exteriors part. When the Subaru Outback stepped into its sixth-gen in 2020, it got a number of visual updates too. The underpinnings are the same, but Subaru had revamped its exterior cues to stay afloat in this age of intense competition.

The changes were updated grille, restyled lower body cladding, a new front bumper, revised taillights, and rear bumper. With these updates still fresh and popular, Subaru has carried over them for the 2021 model year as well. It impresses us with impressive practicality, all the while, being a much better eye-candy than its counterparts.

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Curb Weight (lbs)

3634

3591

3464

3305

Length (in)

191.3

187.8

184.5

176.4

Width (in)

73.0

74.4

72.4

73.0

Height (in)

66.4

66.1

66.3

64.4

Ground Clearance (in)

8.7

7.3

7.8

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

108.1

108.9

106.5

105.1

The sixth-gen Subaru Outback’s dimensions have grown in terms of length and width. Moreover, the Outback gets the best in class ground-clearance, which lends this crossover some serious mild off-roading capabilities. Though the Outback cannot be taken to extreme terrains, yet it still is the most capable off-roader in its segment at least. Notable exterior features of the 2021 Subaru Outback are:

  • 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED steering responsive headlights and LED taillamps
  • LED foglamps
  • Power moonroof
  • Raised roof rails
  • Lower Body cladding all around

2021 Subaru Outback Safety

9.0/10

IIHS had bashed the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback into a barrier and it scored quite well. The 2021 Outback earns great scores in safety, accrediting to the high strength steel body and chassis reinforcements. As there are no changes to the structural layout over the 2020 model year, the commendable safety scores will follow suit.

Since there are no changes taking place in the 2021 model, the crossover will offer the same list of standard safety features as the 2020 Subaru Outback. Along with this, Subaru has also made steering-responsive LED headlamps and seatbelt reminders for the second row standard across the line-up. Some of the most prominent safety highlights in the 2021 Subaru Outback includes:

  • 8 airbags
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Brake Override System
  • High Beam Assist(HBA)
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • High-Resolution Rear Vision Camera
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Traction control and 4 ABS channels
  • DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

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2021 Subaru Outback Competition

7.0/10

2021 Subaru Outback Vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is the most powerful SUV of the lot. However, that also makes it suffer in fuel efficiency. Then again, the interior of the Santa Fe is the most spacious too but outward visibility is hampered by the thick pillars ahead. The latest generation upgrade slated for 2021 has given it much-needed attention and will help it get back in the game.

Subaru Outback, on the other hand, comes up as a better all-round package. It is powerful, fuel-efficient, adequately spacious, and its standard AWD setup is just the cherry on the cake. It lacks behind with its aged design language as compared to the bold modern layout of the Santa Fe. But function has always been given more importance for the Subaru and that still remains its strong point.

2021 Subaru Outback Vs. Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is another strong contender in this class. It delivers at par performance despite a smaller engine and is also quite economical. The only time this Nissan lags behind is when it comes to passenger comfort. It is not the roomiest SUV out there and thus practicality takes a hit. Nissan has done a considerable amount of tweaks with the 2021 Nissan Rogue that also gets a redesigned exterior as well.

Nissan Rogue's key aspect of not being practical in terms of occupant comfort helps the Subaru Outback come out on top as a more pragmatic option. The Rogue is also the least powerful of its class which is rather contradicting its sharp design language. Despite having a much older design language than the Rogue, Outback still manages to appeal more with its practical side.

2021 Subaru Outback Vs. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage makes a decent case for itself with its excellent handling, comfortable and spacious interiors, and a very immersive dashboard layout. But then again, it suffers when it comes to being a complete package as it is not very fuel-efficient and has a less spacious second row.

When you take into consideration the bigger picture, the Subaru Outback is definitely a better SUV. Atop of having a very ergonomic and spacious cabin layout, it has an impressive edge in terms of driving dynamics and off-roading traits, that is hard to come by in the Kia Sportage.

2021 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The Subaru Outback is one of the most capable crossovers you can get in today’s time. Since the crossover stepped into its sixth generation very recently, and that it still is brimming with all the changes that were introduced to it in 2020, Subaru has us all interesting in the Outback. It still remains the only contender of its segment that can do as it brags in terms of off-road performance and cabin comfort for occupants. Pricing has also been well thought for and Subaru has taken the aggressive stand for 2021 as well.

The marginal price bump also helps the 2020 Outback stay at ease and the updates that have come in for the 2021 model year can also be retro-fitted to last year's model as well. So, even going for a used Subaru Outback will hurt less, preferably the 2020 model year though. Its competition is well-versed for sure, but none of them can handle terrains as the Outback and at the same time provide for a cozy and involving driving experience. On the roads, things can be debated but off-roads, the Outback prevails triumphantly.

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2021 Subaru Outback FAQs

Is the Subaru Outback AWD?

Yes, Subaru Outback is offered only in an AWD configuration for which it is highly appreciated as well.

Does the Subaru Outback come with standard roof rails?

Yes, Subaru offers the 2021 Outback with standard heightened roof rails that can also be added with certain optional accessories as well, to cater more to the trails.

Does the Subaru Outback have a sunroof?

Yes, the 2021 Subaru Outback is offered with a sunroof that extends across both rows and thus, called a moonroof. It comes standard with the Touring, Limited XT, and Touring XT trims and is offered as an option in the Limited and Onyx Edition XT trims.

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Outback?

The 2021 Subaru Outback is priced marginally higher than the 2020 MY and starts at $26,795 for the base trim and goes all the way up to $39,945 for the top-of-the-line Touring XT trim.

What is the warranty on the 2021 Subaru Outback?

Subaru has amplified its warranty package over the years to cater to its consumers in a more constructive way and it includes a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • New Car Limited Warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes earlier
  • Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes earlier
  • Wear Item Limited Warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes earlier
  • Rust Perforation Limited Warranty for 5 years, unlimited mileage
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2021 Subaru Outback Overall Reviews


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Christopher M. Dunn

2020 Subaru Outback

Limited XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Great family hauler

Pros - Ride quality, navigation, climate control

Cons - Infotainment is complicated to use

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Looking for a safe, reliable, and great on gas vehicle which is fun to drive. Well, look no more Outback here is the perfect vehicle that meets all those conditions and then some. It has been more than 5 months since I bought it and it has been excellent all this time.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Bruce N. Martin

2020 Subaru Outback

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Great on gas

Pros - Great mileage, seats are comfortable, attractive design

Cons - Nothing

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

I was looking for a vehicle with SUV-like practicality and sedan-like gas mileage and driving dynamics. Outback was the clear and only choice. Glad I went with this instead of gas guzzler SUVs.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Everett N. Otis

2020 Subaru Outback

Touring XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Couldn’t be happier

Pros - Smooth drive, nice infotainment, comfortable interior

Cons - Road noise

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

I love this car. It is great on all fronts. It is fun to drive and is also economical. The engine is refined and power delivery is smooth with no road noise whatsoever.

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
10/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Used Subaru Outback for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2019 Subaru Outback 2 Great Deals Out of 578 $16,491 578 Listings
2018 Subaru Outback 7 Great Deals Out of 444 $12,995 444 Listings
2017 Subaru Outback 17 Great Deals Out of 596 $11,995 596 Listings
2016 Subaru Outback 6 Great Deals Out of 130 $6,995 130 Listings
2015 Subaru Outback 4 Great Deals Out of 121 $8,700 121 Listings

Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

Great family hauler

Looking for a safe, reliable, and great on gas vehicle which is fun to drive. Well, look no more Outback here is the perfect vehicle that meets all those conditions and then some. It has been more than 5 months since I bought it and it has been excellent all this time.

by Christopher M. Dunn

10

User Overall Rating

Great on gas

I was looking for a vehicle with SUV-like practicality and sedan-like gas mileage and driving dynamics. Outback was the clear and only choice. Glad I went with this instead of gas guzzler SUVs.

by Bruce N. Martin

8

User Overall Rating

Couldn’t be happier

I love this car. It is great on all fronts. It is fun to drive and is also economical. The engine is refined and power delivery is smooth with no road noise whatsoever.

by Everett N. Otis

9

User Overall Rating

A complete package

Love the driving dynamics. The power, handling, transmission, everything. Subaru’s boxer engine with a turbo is the perfect motor for all events.

by Russell B. Childers

8

User Overall Rating

Safe, stylish, and practical!!

If power is not your priority and you don’t want those flashy and somewhat unsafe SUVs then Outback is just for you. It is designed to be a daily commuter. Everything about it screams “Family vehicle”. Be it the design or interiors, safety or reliability, and even the power. Everything is designed keeping the needs of a family in mind.

by Hollis E. Abernathy

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