2021 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

2021 Subaru Outback
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Among wagons, the Subaru Outback is close to the Volvo V60 in size (it’s the wagon cousin to the S60), and in its versatile body and turbo-4 power, especially in Volvo’s Cross Country edition.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is no stranger to the wilderness but isn’t as efficient.

The Santa Fe is a similar value, but opting for the turbo-4 adds to the bottom line.

We’d compare it to a Toyota 4Runner, though the Subaru runs the table in refinement and the 4Runner in trailblazing talent.

The Outback’s biggest rival? The Forester that sits just across the showroom.

It’s cheaper, and looks more like a typical crossover.

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2021 Subaru Forester2021 Subaru Forester
2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail2021 Toyota 4Runner
2021 Volvo S602021 Volvo S60
Quick Specs
The 2021 Subaru Outback hangs on to its remarkably rugged stance as it grows more refined than ever.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe makes premium gains with hybrid and turbo-4 power and a Palisade-like interior.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L performs on road and off, has lots of space, and competes with luxury brands in its top models.
A recent Best Car To Buy winner, the 2021 Subaru Forester notches big wins in utility and safety as one of our most recommended crossover SUVs.
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is a hugely capable and cool throwback SUV with a modern price attached.
The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDN/ACompact Cars
Style Name     
CVTSE AWDLaredo X 4x2CVTSR5 2WD (Natl)T5 FWD Momentum
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySedan
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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