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2021 Subaru Outback Preview, Price & Release Date

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The 2021 Subaru Outback is arguably the most ideal station wagon model in the United States market.

The Outback is a station wagon model that has been in production by Subaru since 1994. The Subaru Outback is all-new for the 2020 model year, marking the beginning of the model’s sixth generation, making it the freshest wagon model that’s currently available. Aside from the modest base engine, the current Subaru Outback is an extremely well-rounded wagon model. Arguably the most notable change to the all-new model is the new interior design, giving the Outback one of the best interiors in its class. Additionally, the all-wheel drive powertrain (which is standard on every Outback model) makes this model the best in its class when offroading, or driving on a rough terrain.

What users tell us about the Subaru Outback

Ultimately, the Outback is one of the most balanced wagon models you can find, but there are some critiques. For example, this model excels in an offroad environment, but the drive is considered subpar for everyday driving conditions. This is due, in large part, to the model’s weak standard engine. Also, the available 11.5-inch touchscreen system is described as futuristic, yet complicated to use. Subaru included an additional touchscreen option and another engine option, which effectively offsets these issues.

What can we expect from the 2021 Subaru Outback

Subaru is likely to build on the success of this model by taking all constructive criticism from the all-new Outback model and addressing these issues in the coming years. While the base engine is lackluster at best, Subaru included a turbocharged engine option that provides added power for those who are unsatisfied with the base engine. Because of this additional engine option, I doubt Subaru will make any changes to the Outback’s powertrain in 2021. However, the company may choose to make some slight changes to the upgraded infotainment system that some described as unresponsive and difficult to use. Aside from that, it’s tough to find any more necessary changes to be made to this model at this time. We do not expect a great variation in new trim levels.

Subaru Outback Facts

Fuel Economy:

The current Subaru Forester model has average fuel-efficiency compared to other models within its class. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine averages about 26 city and 33 highway miles per gallon. The stronger 2.4-liter turbocharged engine averages 23 city and 30 highway miles per gallon.

Safety:

The all-new Forester model has yet to be formally crash-tested by any reputable source. However, as is the case with most Subaru models, there are tons of standard and available safety features on the Outback. Automatic high-beams, a rearview camera, and Subaru’s Eyesight Safety Package which includes blindspot monitoring, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more, all come standard with every 2020 Subaru Outback. We also expect some additional new Subaru features like lane centering and facial recognition.

Interior:

The interior is arguably the best quality of the current Subaru Outback. The all-new interior is completely remodeled with an all-new, upscale design and high-end materials throughout. Additionally, this model offers more cargo space and passenger space than most of its competitors. The infotainment system looks nice, and offers tons of standard and available features. However, the company should address the learning curve that comes with their available 11.5-inch touchscreen display.

Exterior:

Subaru gave their 2020 Outback an all-new design on a different platform used in the previous years. This new platform allows for more length, which results in added cargo and passenger space in the Outback’s interior. Also, the new design gives the new Subaru Outback more ground clearance for better offroad performance.

Performance:

As mentioned several times throughout this writing, the Subaru Outback is better suited for unconventional driving conditions. All Subaru Outbacks have standard all-wheel drive powertrains with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that can produce up to 182 horsepower. If the slight decrease in fuel-economy is not a factor, buyers can opt into the available 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces up to 260 horsepower, allowing for a lot more torque and acceleration. The 2.5-liter engine is modest, but both engine options are well-suited in most driving conditions, especially precarious ones.

Reliability:

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2020 Subaru Outback has a slightly above average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

2021 Subaru Outback price and expected release date

The 2020 Subaru Outback was formally introduced to the public in April of 2019. The company began production of the all-new Outback in July of 2019. So, it’s reasonable to assume that production for the company’s 2021 Outback model will begin sometime during the summer of 2020. We expect Subaru to showcase the new model at the 2019 New York auto show. The MSRP for the 2020 Subaru Outback starts at $26,645. That figure factors in the model’s all-new, redesigned status. With that being said, the company is not likely to go any higher than that for the 2021 model year. Also check our 2021 Subaru Forester preview here.

Some previous model years images for inspiration taken from the Subaru press room.

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