2022 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Among wagons, the Subaru Outback has few direct rivals.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is new for 2021; it’s the first complete renovation of that storied nameplate in more than a decade.

The Santa Fe and Sorento offer plenty of value and new hybrid models, but their off-road cred pales next to that of the Outback.

The Outback runs the table in refinement versus the 4Runner, but Toyota tackles it 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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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2022 Subaru Outback doubles down on rugged credibility with the Wilderness edition.
6.8
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe makes premium gains with hybrid and turbo-4 power and a Palisade-like interior.
6.7
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L performs on road and off, has lots of space, and competes with luxury brands in its top models.
6.8
The 2021 Kia Sorento crossover SUV strikes out in a new styling direction, and brings hybrid and plug-in models along for the adventure.
6.8
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.
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The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is a hugely capable and cool throwback SUV with a modern price attached.
MSRP From     
$26,945$27,000$33,120$29,390$24,795$36,765
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDN/A
Style Name     
CVTSE AWDLaredo X 4x2LX AWDCVTSR5 2WD (Natl)
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555755
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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