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

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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 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Great Auto

Abyss blue is a very nice color. Interior is very comfortable. Technology is world-class. Sound system is top-notch. Navigation system is very good. Reclining leather seats are great.

5.0

This will be my car for life😍

It gives me more space that I need even if I have friends with me. There’s plenty of leg room , so comfortable and has great safety features that you would love. It has been one of my dream cars so here I am.

4.7

Love the way this car feels on the road

This vehicle has a very comfortable cabin. The interior and exterior styling is top of the line. There are lots of convenient features including plenty of safety features and lots of space. The ride feels solid but the car seems slightly underpowered with the 4 cylinder engine.

See all 78 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru
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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