2021 Subaru Outback CVT

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  • 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Base MSRP: $26,795.00
  • Invoice: $25,187.00
  • Hwy MPG: 33 mpg
  • City MPG: 26 mpg

pros

Spacious interior; all-wheel drive; Subaru dependability; safety features; practical alternative

model highlights

This go-anywhere Subaru continues the tradition with its ultra-reliable all-wheel drive and a high stance. Pairing todays advanced technologies like EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and automatic emergency braking, it will surely not disappoint. The standard infotainment system uses dual 7.0-inch screens. The upper screen controls the audio, and you use the lower screen for climate control and systems, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Outback lineup features a pair of flat-four-cylinder engines: a 182-hp 2.5-liter is standard and a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter is optional. Both mate to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that mimics an eight-speed gearbox to mitigate annoying engine drone. Of course, all Outbacks have standard all-wheel drive, which is a Subaru staple.

The Outback is available in no fewer than five different trim levels for 2021: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring and Onyx Edition with Limited and Touring trims also available as XT versions featuring the more powerful turbocharged engine.

Perhaps the most impressive collection of standard equipment on the Subaru Outback begins with its Base model offerings: All-wheel drive, hill-descent control, 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, roof rails, height-adjustable driver's seat, Tilt/telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and EyeSight safety suite.

The next level features can be found in the Premium Trim level that includes LED fog lights, front & rear wiper de-icer system, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way-power driver's seat, heated front seats & side mirrors, Starlink infotainment system with 11.6-inch touchscreen.

Having the Premium trim already, the Onyx Edtion XT add-on to this vehicle see's even more available options like: turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, dual-function X-Mode AWD, black 18-inch alloy wheels, hands-free power tailgate, pushbutton starter, water-repellent upholstery, 8-way-power front-passenger seat, heated rear seats, Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

For those who would love to see updates to an already large and impressive list of options, the Limited Trim level offerings are exactly as requested and include: 18-inch alloy wheels, steering-responsive LED headlights, pushbutton starter, hands-free power tailgate, leather upholstery, 8-way-power front-passenger seat, heated rear seats, 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, Blind-spot monitoring (with rear cross-traffic alert), reverse automatic braking. The Limited XT up-level trim also adds: turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, power sunroof, heated steering wheel, navigation system

Last but not in the very least, the 2021 Subaru Outback Touring Trim level brings an additional refinement to this option heavy SUV that includes: Nappa leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, nav system, and DriverFocus driver-monitoring system. Paired with the XT upgrade too, you also get a turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, power-folding exterior mirrors, and 180-degree front-view monitoring system.

The 2021 Outback is equipped with a host of standard and available advanced safety features that remain a staple to its reputation of safe and reliable vehicles packed into one brand. These include rearview camera, rear-seat reminder, seat belt warning for rear-seat passengers, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. Reverse automatic emergency braking, Driver distraction monitoring and Front-view camera are all advanced features the consumer can option into their Outback.

model news

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. The Outback sits on Subaru's Global Platform, which is far stiffer than the chassis it replaces, allowing the car to be both safer and better handling, without any penalty to the ride quality.

value writeup

The Outback is quite affordable, particularly considering the space on offer; the Outback is not a small vehicle. Most of the safety features come standard on the base model as well, so the entry point for the line-up offers a lot of value for the money. Subaru offers a ton of options and luxury features on the Outback, so for those who want a more upscale experience, there are versions of the vehicle that can provide such a thing.

Exterior Color

Crystal Black Silica
Manufacturer's Color Code: CBL

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Crystal White Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: WHC

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Ice Silver Metallic
Manufacturer's Color Code: ISM

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Magnetite Gray Metallic
Manufacturer's Color Code: MGM

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Abyss Blue Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: AY2

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score N/A
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small SUV 4WD

Powertrain

Transmission
Drivetrain All Wheel
Trans Type 8
Trans Description Cont. CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.07 - 0.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Third Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.38
Clutch Size N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low N/A
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.56
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy 33 MPG
Cruising Range - City 481.00 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City 26 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined 29 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy 610.50 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - City N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined N/A
Engine
Engine Type Regular Unleaded H-4
Displacement 2.5 L/152
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 182 @ 5800
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 176 @ 4400
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity N/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume 109 ft³
Front Head Room 40.1 in
Front Leg Room 42.8 in
Front Shoulder Room 58.1 in
Front Hip Room 55.5 in
Second Head Room 39.1 in
Second Leg Room 39.5 in
Second Shoulder Room 57.4 in
Second Hip Room 54.8 in
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.1 in
Length, Overall 191.3 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 73 in
Height, Overall 66.4 in
Track Width, Front 61.8 in
Track Width, Rear 62.8 in
Min Ground Clearance 8.7 in
Rear Door Opening Height N/A
Rear Door Opening Width N/A
Liftover Height 28.4 in
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 75 in
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 42 in
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline 45.2 in
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings 43.3 in
Cargo Box (Area) Height 32.1 in
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 75.7 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 32.5 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 32.5 ft³

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight 3635 lbs
Curb Weight - Front N/A
Curb Weight - Rear N/A
Maximum Payload Capacity N/A
Curb Weight N/A
Total Option Weight 0.00 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. 2700 lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. 270 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. 2700 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. 270 lbs
Maximum Trailering Capacity 2700 lbs
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Size P225/65HR17
Spare Tire Size Compact
Wheels
Front Wheel Size 17 X 7 in
Rear Wheel Size 17 X 7 in
Spare Wheel Size Compact in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 36.1 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A
Brakes
Brake Type 4-Wheel Disc
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 12.4 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 11.8 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx 18.5 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx N/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Corrosion:
5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Crash Test Rating

US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:

Overall Rating: * * * * *

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Passenger: * * * *

Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * * *

Side Barrier Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Rear Passenger: * * * * *

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat: * * * * *

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * * *

Overall Rollover Rating: * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 18.50%

Note Regarding Driver Rating:

Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Rebate Information

One of the following incentives may apply to this vehicle. Regional incentives may vary.

Financing Incentive: 0.0%

Expiration Date: 04/30/2021

Resource: subaru.com 04/05/2021