2021 Subaru Outback

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Subaru Outback highlights

Customer rating


  • Off-road capable with AWD standard
  • Composed handling
  • Abundant cargo space


  • Accelerates slowly
  • Complicated touchscreen controls
  • Outdated exterior styling

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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All Subaru Outback years

What is new for the 2021 Subaru Outback?

  • Outback trims have been upgraded with Rear Sunshade as standard equipment this year.
  • The Touring XT trim now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The Limited XT trim now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.

2021 Subaru Outback trims

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  • 182-hp, 176-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Automated Cruise Control
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  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • Memory Seats
  • Smart Key
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Android Auto
  • Navigation System
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Limited XT:


Touring XT:

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Subaru Outback

1. Standard all-wheel drive

Subaru is known for its all-wheel-drive on (almost) all models and the 2021 Subaru Outback continues this tradition with standard AWD. The symmetrical all-wheel-drive system includes X-MODE®, which uses engine output, transmission ratio, and a traction control system to enhance grip. If you love to drive through rugged terrain, then the hill descent control, an active torque vectoring system, and 8.7 inches of ground clearance will make driving easy and fun.

2. Good AWD fuel economy

Powered by a choice of two horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine options, the larger 182-hp 2.5L engine achieves an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

 The smaller turbocharged 260-hp 2.4L engine isn't far behind, with an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
 Look for the 2021 Subaru Outback that fits your power and fuel economy needs.

3. Lots of practical space

It may be a station wagon—albeit one with a hint of crossover SUV—but the 2021 Subaru Outback can accommodate anything you and your crew need for daily errands, quick getaways, and long road trips. There's 109 cu-ft of total passenger volume, with 32.5 cu-ft of luggage space with the rear seats in place. Plus, 42.8 inches of front-row legroom and 39.5 inches of rear-row legroom will keep everyone happy.

4. Seven great trims

Whether you want luxury, style, or both, there's a 2021 Subaru Outback for you. Beginning with the base Outback, the family of seven trims includes the well-equipped 2021 Subaru Outback Premium, Limited, and Touring models, as well as the XT subfamily (only available with the 2.4L engine). All 2021 Subaru Outback models have a great list of standard features and a choice of nine exterior colors, including Abyss Blue Pearl, Autumn Green Metallic, Cinnamon Brown Pearl, and Crimson Red Pearl. No matter which trim you choose, your Outback will have plenty of head-turning appeal. 

5. Premium interior

Higher-specification 2021 Subaru Outback models have a premium feature-packed interior. With the exception of the entry-level base trim, all 2021 Subaru Outbacks have heated outboard rear seats. Touring trims have Nappa leather upholstery as standard and an 11.6-inch portrait Subaru STARLINK® multimedia navigation system with SiriusXM® connectivity.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.1 out of 5

7 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru Outback an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Subaru Outback 10th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Subaru Outback features and specs

Base 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • CD Audio
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Remote Start
  • Rockford Fosgate Sound
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 42.8"/R 39.5"

Head room

F 40.1"/R 39.1"

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Max towing capacity

270/2700 lbs.



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