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Executive Summary

2021 Outback release date at Planet Subaru: September, 2020. Subaru published only a few changes from last year. Subaru introduced an all-new Outback for the 2020 model year so Subaru won't make many revisions in this second model year.  Dimensions, sheet metal, and most specifications will be identical.


  • Now standard on all trim levels, Steering Responsive LED headlights (low and high beam) for improved visibility when driving at night. The Steering Responsive Headlight system aims the headlight beams in the direction the vehicle is traveling on curved roads. 
  • In an effort to prevent child and/or pet entrapment, a Rear Seat Reminder is now standard on all Legacy and Outback trims. The system reminds the driver to check the rear seat area before exiting the vehicle.
  • Also new for the year, a standard Seat Belt Reminder detects passengers in the front and/or rear seating position and gives an audible and visual warning if their seatbelt has not been fastened.

More information about the 2021 Outback:

The sixth-generation SUV comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru's award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. With an available tablet-style 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system with integrated center information display, DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System and new XT models with 260 horsepower, the Outback delivers greater technology, safety and performance than ever before.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform, which provides increased safety, dynamics and quietness as well as reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the Outback will be available in the following models:

The 2021 Outback delivers the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance for all Outback models is greater than that in many SUVs. 
For 2021, Outback is offered in Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT and Touring XT models. 

The well-equipped Outback (Base) starts at a value driven price of $26,795, only a $150 increase over the previous year. The Base comes with an extensive list of standard features including power windows, door locks, fuel door, and mirrors as well dual USB input ports in the front center console.

Additionally, the Base includes the STARLINK dual 7.0-inch Multimedia system featuring an upper 7-inch touchscreen with audio controls, and lower 7-inch screen that accesses the climate control system and controls for EyeSight, X-MODE, and other vehicle systems. The multimedia system audio offers AM/FM/HD Radio; Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto; Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity.

Priced from $29,045, the Outback Premium increases by just $150 over the prior year. The Premium includes all the standard equipment from the Base and adds several features including the  All-Weather Package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system; 10-way power driver seat, and two USB charging ports in the rear section of the center console. The Premium also upgrades to the 11.6-inch STARLINK Multimedia Plus.

The new exterior color, Brilliant Bronze Metallic, is available starting with the Premium trim level.

There are two Option Packages available for the Premium. The first includes Hands-Free Power Rear Gate; Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.  The MSRP remains at $1,400.  The second package adds a Power Moonroof and the STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation for an MSRP of $2,995.

Priced from $35,145 the Outback Onyx Edition XT increases just $250 from the previous year.  The newest member of the Outback family includes all the standard features from the Premium plus the 2.4-liter turbo SUBARU BOXER® engine, Hands-Free Power Gate, 180-Degree Front View Monitor, Dual-Mode X-MODE, and a full-size spare tire.  The rugged SUV also comes standard with unique black-finish exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels and badging, as well as an exclusive gray two-tone interior with seats wrapped in durable StarTex® material.  

A single Option Package including a Power Moonroof, STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia with Navigation, and Reverse Automatic Braking is available for $1,845.

The well-appointed Outback Limited increases a nominal $150 over the 20MY to $33,595. The Limited builds from the Premium trim with additional features including perforated leather-trimmed upholstery; heated rear seat backs; rear A/C outlets; and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start. Standard driver assist technologies include Reverse Automatic Braking and Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

An Option Package includes Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia with Navigation, Harman Kardon premium audio system, and DriverFocus. The MSRP, at $2,045, carries over from the previous year.
At $37,995, the turbo-charged 2021 Outback Limited XT increases $250 over the 20MY. Along with the upgraded 2.4-liter turbo BOXER engine, Outback Limited XT adds features including Power Moonroof, Heated Steering Wheel, STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation, Harman Kardon premium audio system, and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.
The Outback Touring is priced at $37,495, an increase of just $150. The top-of-the-line trim level includes all the standard equipment of the Limited plus the 180-Degree Front View Monitor; automatic power-folding mirrors; Heated Steering Wheel and Ventilated Seats. The Touring is adorned with exclusive exterior and interior accents and genuine Java Brown Nappa Leather upholstery throughout the interior.
The Outback Touring XT is priced at $39,945, just $250 over the 20MY MSRP, and comes with all the standard equipment of the Touring and adds the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine.

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Outbacks through the years:

Originally introduced in 1995, the first Outback was basically just a Legacy wagon with two tone paint and a little cosmetic differentiation.  In 1996, Subaru produced the Outback that you would recognize today, with aggressive cladding, raised suspension, and bigger engine.  1997 saw the first Outback Sedan, a vehicle unlike anything sold at the time.  It was available all the way through 2007.   


You would hardly know if from the sheetmetal, which bears similarities to the previous generation, but nearly every part on the car changed, including the chassis or "frame." Built on Subaru's Global Platform that now underpins most of its vehicles, this latest generation is much more crash-absortive and it rides like it's hewn from a single hunk of very strong metal. Infotainment screen goes big time and new features, such as Driver Focus, abound.

through 2019

This generation grew in every dimension, and the upscale interior abounds with technology and infotainment functions.  Airbag count rises to eight with the addition of seat cushion airbags that deploy from the flat part of the seat to hold front occupants in place during an accident.


2010 through 2014

Sales went through the roof with the introduction of a larger Outback, close in size to traditional sport utility vehicles but a heckuva lot more economical and responsible.  Continuously variable transmission debuts and causes steroidal fuel economy gains.  Eyesight appears in 2013. 

2005 through 2009

In 2005, we welcomed a quieter, more upscale Outback, even though the size remained pretty much the same.  Six airbags were standard.  Subaru offered a turbocharged XT model only on this generation. 

2000 through 2004

This generation ironed out the wrinkles in the previous version, especially in the interior, formerly an expanse of hard plastic and curious ergonomics.  Hood scoop from the Techno-Brutal era of Japanese auto styling goes away and no one misses it.  First optional six cylinder arrived in 2001, along with Vehicle Dynamics Control.

through 1999

Arguably, Subaru created the "crossover" segment by building a car with the sport utility capabilities of a truck.  No wonder that "Subaru" comes quickly to mind when people think rugged, practical, and economical.  This was a functional car, but not a pretty one.  Dual sunroof model, also known as the "Double Bubble," appears in 1998. 

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