2021 Subaru Outback

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

191.3” x 66.4”


All-wheel drive



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

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Subaru Outback trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


2021 Outback Limited XT

I like mostly everything about my2021 Outback Limited XT. I hate the navigation system or the infotainment system as it is called. I have had it to the dealership 4 times in 3 years because the system is not compatible with my iPhone. Taking it in next week for a new radio. The navigation system stops working just when you need it most. Sometimes it flashes "Stay Alert" when you are looking straight ahead but if you turn the car off and restart, it goes away. Too bad Subaru doesn't make their own radio systems.


smooth ride ,,,,very important to me

22000 miles no problems ,,,rides really smooth,,much better than other brands i tested ,,,this is my 9th subaru and about to buy another one really soon ,,,and i forgot to mention go anywhere in the snow ,,,it's remarkable actually


LOATH not Love a Subaru

If you want to be nagged and have the brakes slam on unnecessarily, have the car bongs at you every time you pass a road junction because there's a break in road lines or the steering assist throw you across a lane and a half or try to nudge you under an eighteen-wheeler - this is the car for you! Seating at best is inadequate - use the extending bolster and you end up with numb legs! The auto-stop start is an embarrassment - the flat four boxer shakes the entire car and has saved ten bucks of gas in 30 months - what a joke! The info-distraction system is worse than useless. I LOATH a Subaru!

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Based on the 2021 Subaru Outback base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
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
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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