The 2021 Subaru Outback is Sure to Turn Heads Around

It's no surprise that Subaru Outback continues to be one of the most popular wagon choices as it enjoys its sixth generation of production within three decades. Blending SUV design and practicality elements, the Outback enters the 2021 model year with LED steering responsive headlights and rear-seat and seat-belt reminders as standard features. The Outback retains its class's unique status as a standard all-wheel-drive vehicle powered by a horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, or H4. The 2021 Subaru Outback is available in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels, as well as a trio of "XT" variants (i.e., Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT).

Performance

The base engine on the 2021 Subaru Outback is a 2.5-liter H4 with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Pinned to a continuously variable transmission-which comes with paddle shifters and uses a gearless mechanism for smooth operation around Beaverton-the 2.5-liter gets up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which are excellent numbers for a vehicle that receives engine power on all four wheels. Also, the 2.5-liter provides a maximum towing capacity of 2,700 pounds.

For better acceleration, as well as a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, go with the Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, or Touring XT for a leaner yet more powerful 2.4-liter turbocharged H4 with an output of 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque around Gresham.

The Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system maximizes tire grip on the road, which helps avoid loss of traction on slippery surfaces. All-wheel drive is accompanied by X-MODE technology and hill descent control. The former further enhances traction performance on slippery surfaces, and the latter maintains a constant vehicle speed when driving down a hill. Also present is active torque vectoring for sharpening handling and cornering ability. Disc brakes are on all four wheels to bring the Outback to a stop quicker than the traditional front-disc rear-drum layout.

Exterior

Riding on 17-inch alloy wheels, the 2021 Outback has four doors with a pair of folding side mirrors attached to the front ones. The front fascia incorporates the previously mentioned LED steering responsive headlights for bright and accurate illumination around Vancouver, WA. On top are a pair of roof rails with integrated tie-down points, and the rear includes a window wiper. The Premium trim gains a pair of LED fog lights for penetrating illumination when needed and turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors.

At the Limited trim level, the 17-inch alloy wheels are replaced by larger, 18-inch ones, and the Outback gains a hands-free power rear gate. True to its naming, the Onyx Edition XT has exclusive black-finished 18-inch alloy wheels, and Crystal Black Silica finish on its side mirrors. The Touring, Limited XT, and Touring XT stand out with their power tilt-and-sliding moonroofs and side-mirror power foldability.

Interior

The 2021 Subaru Outback is a two-row vehicle that can hold up to five people. Passenger volume is measured at 109 cubic feet, which is reduced to 106.5 cubic feet on the models with a moonroof. The rear seats can be folded flat to expand cargo space from 32.5 cubic feet to a maximum of 75.7 cubic feet. Subaru includes grocery bag hooks, tie-down hooks, underfloor storage, and a removable tray in the cargo area: a rarity among wagons or SUVs around Portland, OR.

You'd need to upgrade to the Premium trim if you want at least power adjustability on the driver's seat (10-way). Also appearing at the Premium are front-seat heating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The mid-level Limited welcomes leather in place of cloth trim, the heating ability is extended to the rear seats, and the driver's seat gains a memory system. The Touring trim level attains luxury status with Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery, steering-wheel heating (which the Limited XT also has), and front-seat ventilation. Although it loses driver-side memory, the Onyx Edition XT is the only model with urethane seats, which are employed to prevent moisture absorption.

Technology

The 2021 Subaru Outback has standard remote keyless entry as its anti-theft mechanism. Inside the vehicle the Subaru Starlink system, which uses two seven-inch touchscreens for its interface and integrates features such as Bluetooth, a four-speaker AM/FM stereo system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, and an audio jack for hooking up mobile devices, HD Radio, and trial subscriptions to SiriusXM Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link. All of these features will keep you connected around Longview, WA.

The Premium introduces a pair of USB ports in the rear for charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen to replace the dual seven-inch display system. Proximity keyless access with push-button engine start, auto-dimming ability, and a garage-door opener on the rearview mirror, a 12-speaker 576-watt Harman Kardon stereo system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot for 4G LTE Internet access appears at the Limited trim level. Go for the Touring, Limited XT, or Touring XT if you need a navigation system or want a single-disc CD player. Note that the Onyx Edition XT reverts to the six-speaker setup from the 12-speaker system on the Limited or higher.

Safety

The 2021 Outback has a ton of driver-assistance features. Most of them are bundled into the EyeSight suite, including adaptive cruise control, lane centering control, front collision braking, lane departure warning, sway warning, and lane-keep assist. Also included are a rearview camera and high-beam assist. Seven airbags are present to protect occupants in the event of a crash around Portland, OR.

A blind-spot monitoring system with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert appears on the Limited trim or higher, and reverse automatic braking joins the front collision braking system on the Limited and Touring variants. The Touring, Limited XT, and Touring XT include a driver distraction mitigation system.

Visit Dick Hannah Subaru to Learn More

If you'd like to learn more about all the 2021 Subaru Outback has to offer, we encourage you to visit our dealership in nearby Vancouver, WA, for a test drive of this exciting SUV. You'll love the many different trim levels and the excellent features they provide. We look forward to working with you soon!

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