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2021 Subaru Outback SUV Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: May 20, 2021

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The 2021 Subaru Outback is offered in a choice of 7 trims with prices starting from $26,795 and going up to $39,945. The trims are- Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT. It received a generational change last year and hence the specs remain the same this year. The interior also remains the same with upscale materials and lots of practicality overall. In the performance arena, the 2021 Outback offers two different powertrain options depending on the trim levels.

2021 Subaru Outback

The standard trims between Base and Touring get a 182 hp 2.5L naturally aspirated unit which helps to keep their prices fairly low (maxing out at 37,495). The XT trims that start from $35,145 are the performance-oriented trims and hence get the more powerful engine. These trims get the 2.4L turbocharged engine that can belt out 260 hp. For 2021, the Subaru Outback competes with the likes of Kia Sportage, Nissan Rogue, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Time to find out if the Outback has got what it takes to tough it out. 

Both of the Outback's engine choices have their strengths and weaknesses.- MotorTrend 

What engine does the 2021 Subaru Outback have?

One look at the ride and you may pass it off as a station wagon but hold your horses. The 2021 Subaru Outback follows the legacy of the ones that came before and hence comes with 2 potent powertrains. First, is the 2.5L naturally aspirated Boxer-4 cylinder engine that churns out a power of 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, which are decent figures for its class. The other sibling is the burly and powerful one. This mighty, bellowing beast holds fort in the XT suffix trims.

2021 Subaru Outback engine

It’s a 2.4L turbocharged Boxer-4 cylinder engine that is essentially made for those who want the formidable force of 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. To help you conquer all of that power, a Linear-Tronic CVT with Adaptive Control and 8-speed manual mode, and Symmetrical AWD are in place. Though CVTs are known for maiming the performance, this little prankster actually allows entry to the versatile potential of the Outback by mimicking an 8-speed automatic in normal conditions. 

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MSRP

$26,795

$26,850

$25,650

$23,090

Engine

2.5L Boxer-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

All rivals come with naturally aspirated breathers of the same capacity, but the old Boxer technology is belting out enough power to give the others a run for their money. The Hyundai Santa Fe edges out the Outback marginally to claim the top spot while the Kia Sportage does just misses the cut. The Nissan Rogue is the most underpowered here. 

How does the 2021 Subaru Outback fare in 0-60 MPH and quarter mile?

The 2021 Subaru Outback with both of its potent powertrain units produces ample power to sprint the car. The standard powertrain is enough to put the 2021 Outback from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds and gallops to the quarter-mile in 16.6 seconds. Every Subaru Outback will give amazing fast sprinting and adrenaline rushing bliss to passengers. 

The 2021 Subaru Outback accelerates from 0-60 mph just in 8.7 sec.

The fire breathing 2.4L turbocharged powertrain really means business. Put it to the test, and you will see the Outback literally fly off the line as it completes the 0-60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds. The quarter-mile performance is also spectacular for the segment as that comes up in 14.8 seconds.

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

0-60 MPH 

8.5 secs

8.6 secs

8.1 secs

8.4 secs

Quarter Mile 

16.7 secs

16.5 secs

16.9 secs

16.5 secs

Top Speed 

130 mph

127 mph

120 mph

125 mph

The Kia Sportage proves to be the fastest sprinting among rivals whereas quarter-mile is the same for almost every rival. It’s corporate cousin, the Santa Fe takes the second spot while the Subaru Outback with its standard powertrain ends up in the lower spot along with the Nissan Rogue

How well does the 2021 Subaru Outback brake from 60-0 mph?

The well-mannered off-roader packs a punch for sure. So, the brand has made sure that the Outback will provide efficient braking performance. ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution comes as standard on all four corners. The brakes inspire confidence in the user and make sure that you get a very calm and composed braking action even in harsh conditions where you just stomp down on the pedal. 

2021 Subaru Outback brake rotors

When it comes to it, the 2021 Subaru Outback can stop from 60-0 mph in a distance of 130 feet, which when taking into account its weight is actually a very decent feat. Besides the standard features of the brake system, you get Brake Assist, and Brake Override System to reduce the severity of any unfortunate incident on passengers.

Model

2021 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.4

12.6

11.7

12

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.8

12

11.5

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,634

3,591

3,590

3,305

60-0 MPH (feet)

130

114

124

130

Yet again, the Korean Santa Fe takes the cake while the Nissan Rogue follows in next despite taking a much longer distance to come to a stop. The Subaru Outback ties with the Kia Sportage in overall braking performance and are in the last spots. 

How does the 2021 Subaru Outback handle around the corners?

With best in class 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard X-MODE, the 2021 Subaru Outback gives unparalleled performance. Coming to the drivetrain, it will be equipped with Subaru’s standard symmetrical AWD that gives an edge and makes it perfect for the toughest terrains and all these features makes ride bliss for passengers. This drivetrain allows the car to stay planted firmly to every surface even if it's damp. Despite strapping on a lot of girth, the Subaru Outback comes with a dirigible quality and yet stays zippy through the corners.

​  2021 Subaru Outback driving view

Body roll is still visible, however, it is well contained and you won’t ever feel that you might just tip over. The suspension and steering wheel is to strike the perfect balance between comfort and performance and is very precise. Switch out its dynamic wild character for a daily driver one is child’s play. Another highlight is that on those winter days when you are craving for the fun of the highway, the XDrive AWD will hook you up and add to that the heated steering wheel and the heated seats, and you are good to go. All in all, the brand has made amply sure that the 2021 Subaru Outback will remain the trustworthy steed it is with its own personal flair of theatrics. 

What MPG figures does the 2021 Subaru Outback offer?

Depending on the trim level, the powertrain varies. Thus, the MPG figures also vary. The standard boxer-4 delivers 26 MPG in the city and 33 on the highway, leading to a combined MPG of 29. The more powerful breather housed in the XT trims sees a drop in MPG numbers by offering 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highways. Despite this drop, it is still one of the most fuel-friendly models on the market. 

The 2021 Subaru Outback offers decent MPG figures

The fuel tank capacity stands at a very adequate 18.5 gallons which allows you to get 536 overall when you have just completed a fuel refuel stop. This is enough to get you a round trip from Fresno to Los Angeles. This has been made possible in part with the CVT you get as standard along with the Auto Start-Stop feature both of which help in maximizing fuel efficiency.

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

Thankfully, the Outback has one of the best fuel economies and ties with the Nissan Rogue in the pole position. The Hyundai Santa Fe takes the last spot while the Kia Sportage actually sits at the last spot on the podium, i.e. third spot. Overall, you get a well-rounded fuel economy with the Subaru Outback backed with an amply sized fuel tank. 

Should you buy the 2021 Subaru Outback?

The 2021 Subaru Outback comes with a powerful engine that can offer one of the best performance streaks both on the road and off it. It tops that up with a very agreeable fuel economy. So, whether you want a free-spirited daily driver or a speedster with a penchant for going off roads, the 2021 Subaru Outback has got you covered.

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7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 10, 2021

Great car

Pros - "High-end interior Powerful optional turbocharged engine Roomy seating and large cargo hold"

Cons - "Slight infotainment learning curve So-so standard engine"

Luxury in so less price I love the luxury feeling, space inside, safety features, front dashboard, heating ease, radio applications, warmth beside mine palms, brakes abd accerleration, I enjoy how it stops at halt lights and starts right up again. The staff was really supportive. Thanks to all you accomplished, Robert! With my new automobile, I'm incredibly delighted! On my auto purchasing experience, Brian was incredibly helpful! Everyone was incredibly kind and comfortable in the dealership. I absolutely would go back to buy a different car!

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 25, 2021

Family SUV

Pros - Comfortable, practical, AWD

Cons - No window tint, no leather, small screen

Perfect family hauler 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 interior, safety or reliability, and even the power. Everything is designed keeping the needs of a family in mind. Excellent, the dealership has been nothing but nice and helpful to me and my family.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
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Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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HS

Harold A. Sloan

2021 Subaru Outback

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 4, 2021

Fit and finish

Pros - AWD, smooth CVT, features

Cons - Bad quality interior, noisy motor

Fit and finish are what it lacks Let’s start with the things I don’t like because they are few. For one- the legroom in the second row is very bad. Two, road noise is very annoying, especially at high speeds. Three, the touch screen is confusing to use. And these are the only things I don’t like about my new Outback. Other than these few, I love it! All things considered, this has been one of the best deal of my life. The experience could not have been any better too.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
10/10
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