2021 Subaru Outback

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$26,795

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2021 Subaru Outback
2021 Subaru Outback

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet, spacious interior
  • Respectable fuel economy
  • Many standard safety systems
  • Versatility
  • Exceptional value

The bad:

  • Jumpy X-Mode acceleration off-road
  • Blind spot warning costs extra
  • Engine stop-start defeat buried in menus
  • Long front overhang rubs off-road
  • Inconsistent lane departure warning

7 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2021 Subaru Outback trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Adaptive LED headlights now standard
  • Five-seat mid-size crossover wagon
  • 2.5-liter flat-four or turbo 2.4-liter flat-four engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2021 Subaru Outback review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Subaru Outback?

Redesigned last year, the Subaru Outback is a five-seat mid-size wagon with SUV-inspired styling. It’s powered by a standard 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an available 260-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Both engines pair with a continuously variable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard. Competitors include the Toyota Venza and Volvo V60 Cross Country

What’s New on the 2021 Subaru Outback?

New standard features include adaptive LED headlights, a rear-seat reminder, and seat belt reminders for front and rear passengers. 

What Features in the 2021 Subaru Outback Are Most Important?

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity; 11.6-inch touchscreen system available 
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-centering steering assist standard; available reverse automatic braking and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert 

Should I Buy the 2021 Subaru Outback?

Part wagon and part SUV, the Subaru Outback remains a unique choice in a field of more traditional SUVs. Its high ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive make it more capable than some competitors, while a comfortable ride and spacious, well-equipped cabin make it a solid choice for families.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Mechancially sound. Electronics are terrible

mechanically sound but the electronics stink. Radio won't play. Screen insensitive at times. Not at all pleased with electronic connection with car. Wish I had my old 11 outback . Also brakes will engage without pressing to brake pedal. Get rid of the safe driving message.

3.9

Great bang for the buck!!!!

Very smooth and comfortable ride. Gas mileage is above other comparable SUVs. Dash controls are a little confusing but should improve with time using. Would definitely recommend this vehicle to others.

3.7

Think before you buy!

I really don't feel safe in this vehicle. The 'A' pillar is slightly too wide and on two occasions has blocked my vision of walking pedestrians coming from the left as I approach a stop sign. Both times I narrowly missed hitting somebody and that is the last thing I would ever want to do. I know that the car is rated 'safe' for its occupants, but it is not safe for pedestrians! I also hate their technology. Do they really need us to agree to a statement that we will drive 'safe' every time we turn the car on? Why did they not have a sign a paper when we first bought the car? Or maybe they could give us a choice if we want to drive safe or not? Then they have the motor shutoff for when we stop at stop signs - we can only disable it right after we start the car every time. I want to disable it permanently - it saves very little fuel and will cost me more in repairs than it saves. The lights that see where I am going are nice, but they turn away from dark objects approaching from the opposite direction. I also presume they will be very expensive to replace. I have also heard that lane control fights you if you want to move over for an emergency vehicle. But I have not engaged it to find out. I just wished that these companies built what we want and not what they want to sell us!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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Compare the competitors

2020

Volvo V60

$39,650

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2022

Honda CR-V

$26,800

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2022

Volvo V60 Cross Country

$46,200

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