Subaru Outback 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE27 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2498 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
Subaru's successful formula with the 2021 Outback station wagon has been imitated by several of its rivals, but none of those copycats has managed to get as much traction. The slightly lifted suspension and ruggedized plastic lower body panels have both been found on other wagons. However, this one happens to be an Editors' Choice winner. The Outback's appeal lies in its adventure-ready appearance, standard all-wheel drive, and cargo-friendly cabin. Two four-cylinder engines are offered—a nonturbo 2.5-liter and a zestier turbocharged 2.4-liter. While the Outback's handling won't thrill a driving enthusiast, its ride is smooth and quiet, and its interior is roomy—a combination that should satisfy families and adventure seekers traveling to their next challenge.
What's New for 2021?
The Outback was redesigned from the ground up for the 2020 model year, so for 2021 Subaru has made only three minor changes: Adaptive headlamps, a rear-seat reminder system, and a passenger's seatbelt warning light and chime are now standard across the lineup. A Wilderness model is expected to debut soon which will add additional rugged styling details and extra ground clearance.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Base - $28,320
- Premium - $30,270
- Limited - $34,720
- Onyx Edition XT - $36,270
- Wilderness - $38,120
- Touring - $38,620
- Limited XT - $39,120
Touring XT - $41,070
We think the Premium model has the best complement of standard and optional features for the price. While it's only available with the standard 182-hp four-cylinder, upgrading to the turbocharged 260-hp engine costs at least $6000. We don't think the turbo's improved acceleration and 800 pounds of extra towing capacity are worth the money. Instead, the Outback Premium comes standard with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, more USB ports, and options that aren't offered on the base model. Among those, we'd opt for the more affordable package that adds blind-spot monitoring, a hands-free power liftgate, and passive entry with push-button start.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The Outback earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All Outback models come standard with the company's EyeSight suite of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Subaru provides a competitive albeit unremarkable limited and powertrain warranty. It also doesn't include any complimentary scheduled maintenance such as the Buick Regal TourX.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance