2021 Subaru Outback SUV Consumer Reviews

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Great all round all-wheel drive

SB, 11/11/2020
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
57 of 60 people found this review helpful

We have had an Outback since 2014. For winter driving even in really bad conditions, this is an ideal car with class beating symmetrical all-wheel drive. We also use snow tires in the winter which helps greatly with traction and to a small degree with braking too. I have had occasion to have to drive up deep snow packed and slippery hills with no problem whatsoever. I was a little concerned going from a 6 cylinder to a flat-4, but even driving in fast moving traffic when we go to a big city, I have been able to keep up with lane changes and 70+ mph traffic. The flat-4 Boxer engine has a lower center of gravity which helps in handling.The turbo charged newer version would be a game changer. Will be updating to a newer model in the next couple years and will definitely be visiting a Subaru dealer. World beating symmetrical all-wheel for this price is a great value. The CVT transmission has a slight lag with sudden acceleration, but once you get used to it it's fine.

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A BMW for the Fixed Income Set

scatback43, 10/25/2020
Touring XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
102 of 110 people found this review helpful

We traded a 2018 3.6R touring. This is a much better car - tighter, quieter, faster and with much, much better seats. I liked the naturally aspirated 3.6, an engine always dismissed as "old" by car magazines enamored of the 66 year-old Chevy small block. The new turbo is more powerful but less civilized. Voice command is still hopeless, but the face scan technology is a wow and will customize the outside mirror settings to the individual driver as you get in the car, a big safety plus. I also like the button that defeats auto stop/start; yes, there is one if you know where to look. The front seat passenger has 8-way power instead of the two-way as in the 3.6R, and Carplay now fills the entire 11" screen. The problem with Edmunds - as with all the major outlets, not to mention Doug Demuro and his spawn - is they never drive the cars at night. Heads up, there, fellas. It's one of the Outback's strengths.

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2021 Subaru Outback nightmare

S ONeal, 04/03/2021
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
42 of 45 people found this review helpful

Purchased brand new Dec. 2020. Within 80 miles TPMS ⚠️ and lights came on. Tire pressure and tires were fine. Around 100 miles a recall on the computer system was told would fix TPMS issue. I have taken it 3 times for this issue. Horrible leak in the front, large puddles of water in floorboard and under mat on passenger side next to gear shift. Was told molding was bad needs to be replaced, but this doesn't explain the water in the floorboard by the center console. Car engine stop's/starts at will without changing any settings, i.e. engine should shut off when stopped at proper setting but does so irregularly. Now all dash lights saying eyesight off, lane assistance and crash avoidance all come on then few miles down the road all warnings disappear. TPMS will stay on for several trips then randomly disappear, then reappear. I have documented with video and pictures. I have less than 1600 miles on a BRAND new, rarely driven 4.5 month old vehicle and is scheduled for 4th trip for service. No accidents, no driving on anything but well paved suburban roads. I HATE this vehicle and Subaru for all the time I have spent in the service department. I am scared to drive it.

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Diamond Jim, 12/08/2020
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
36 of 39 people found this review helpful

So far very pleasant experience. Rides nice, handles nice. Very comfortable vehicle. Power is good. Lots of bells and whistles!!

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Love my new Outback

Linda, 12/29/2020
Limited XT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
58 of 64 people found this review helpful

I previously owned a Subaru Forester, which I also loved but drove both the Forester and Outback and there was a big difference in how it feels. The Outback was quieter and more comfortable. If you are looking at them, make sure to drive them both as I was prepared to get another Forester and ended up with the Outback!

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