With every redesign, the legendary crossover wagon sets some new standards in the automotive world and the current generation is no exception. It came last year with big improvements in various aspects. It looks better than ever, especially on the inside, and comes with significant mechanical upgrades. Furthermore, the list of safety features is really impressive. All this makes Outback the absolute class leader, even when compared with much more expensive, premium wagons. The 2021 Subaru Outback will represent the second production year and there is no doubt it will continue in the same way.
As we are talking about the second production year, it’s obvious that there are no bigger changes in terms of design. However, the Japanese manufacturer will introduce a couple of new features, as well as one new color option. Other than that, things will remain pretty much the same. The 2021 Subaru Outback is about to hit the market in October.
2021 Subaru Outback Redesign
As we are talking about a pretty fresh model, there is no doubt that the overall design will remain untouched. We are about to see the same overall layout, which is once again based on a mid-size sedan Legacy. The two models share most of their mechanics and ride on the company’s new modular platform. Of course, the suspension setup is different and the Outback features pretty high ground clearance, which in a combination with the company’s excellent AWD system provides pretty amazing off-road performance.
In terms of the styling, the only novelty we are about to see for the next year will be the introduction of the new Brilliant Bronze Metallic color option. Other than that, we are about to see the same aesthetics that have been introduced last year. Compared to the previous generation, changes were pretty evolutionary, though the new model definitely looks more modern and more attractive.
The recent redesign has brought significant improvements in terms of interior design. The new cabin looks really impressive. It utilizes quality materials, while the final touches are as impressive. All this comes in a combination with conventional but very attractive aesthetics. The dashboard looks even more impressive in higher trim levels, where you get even nicer materials and more tech goodies, including a new, vertically-oriented touchscreen.
The cabin is spacious and offers good visibility in all directions. We like the seats, while the amount of leg and headroom is really impressive. So, the 2021 Subaru Outback will be able to accommodate adults in both rows with ease. Things are as impressive in the cargo area, where you may count on really impressive numbers. You may count on 32.5 cubic feet behind the second row, while the total volume goes up to 75.7 cubic feet. That’s pretty much on par with the Forester and more total volume compared to Toyota RAV4.
For the 2021 Subaru Outback, the Japanese manufacturer decided to add a couple of new standard features. This particularly refers to safety, where you may count on two additions. Those would be steering-responsive LED headlights and rear-seat reminder. Other than that, things will remain the same so all models will come standard with goodies like automatic high-beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. That’s a pretty impressive list, which can be expanded with goodies like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive headlights, driver distraction monitoring and more.
When it comes to tech goodies, we don’t expect to see any particular change. Therefore, base models will come with things like a dual 7-inch infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, USB, satellite radio and more. In higher trims, you can get the aforementioned 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen, which looks really amazing, as well as things like dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, two rear USB ports, HD Radio, navigation, wireless charging and more.
2021 Subaru Outback Engines
Under the hood, the 2021 Subaru Outback will carry on with two familiar engine options. Base models will continue with a 2.5-liter engine, which puts out around 182 horsepower. That’s okay for daily commuting but the optional 2.4-liter turbo-four is definitely the one you should pick. This engine delivers around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and works really smoothly. Both engines come in pair with a CVT gearbox, which sends power to all wheels.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. These are pretty solid numbers for an AWD model. The turbo-four is notably thirstier and returns around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2021 Subaru Outback Release Date and Price
The 2021 Subaru Outback will hit the market in October, according to the latest reports. You may count on a $190 starting price increase, so base versions will go around 27.850 dollars.