The 2021 Subaru Outback Is ‘Simply a Smart Choice’ According to Consumer Reports

When it comes to ratings and rankings, Consumer Reports is one of the most popular places to go for information on a wide range of products. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are on the long list of products and services that Consumer Reports reviews each year. The publication released their famed Top Picks list, and it has virtually only good things to say about the 2021 Subaru Outback

A green 2021 Subaru Outback with surfboards on top.
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The 2021 Subaru Outback Is ‘Simply a Smart Choice’

According to Consumer Reports, buyers pretty much can’t go wrong with the 2021 Outback. The publication goes so far as to say it, quite frankly, doesn’t even matter what its actual classification is. Whether the 2021 Subaru Outback is a wagon or SUV is trivial. Either way, it’s one of the best new vehicles on the road. 

The 2021 Outback is functional and capable like a midsize SUV or crossover. All-wheel drive is standard equipment and it offers far more space than the average passenger car. However, it provides more car-like road manners and a gentle ride.  

“It’s a do-it-all vehicle with broad appeal and hiking-boot styling.” 

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Overall the 2021 Subaru Outback easily makes the Consumer Reports Top Picks list for 2021 because it balances what buyers want from a car with what they would trade out for an SUV instead. It’s quite literally the best of both worlds. 

The interior is accommodation with plenty of room for passengers and a large cargo cavern in the rear. On top of the 2021 Subaru Outback, you’ll find a handy roof rack on every model. Plus, the cross rails swing back into the runners and stow away with ease to lend to the aerodynamic quality of the 2021 Outback when not in use. 

Is the 2021 Subaru Outback reliable? 

The 2021 Subaru Outback is a wagon (or SUV?) with decent reliability ratings from both Consumer Reports and J.D. Power. It’s nothing to write home about necessarily, but Consumer Reports ranks the 2021 Outback No. 1 in the midsize sport-utility vehicles category. In addition, the 2021 Subaru Outback is the winner of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value and Best 5-Year Cost to Own awards. 

On top of that, this rugged-meets-refined people mover is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The 2021 Outback isn’t necessarily the most reliable SUV in its class. However, there is such a long list of compelling reasons to love the 2021 Outback that this didn’t keep it from being a Consumer Reports favorite this year. 

How much does it cost?

A Subaru Outback is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien
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This Affordable Luxury Vehicle Isn’t a Car or an SUV

The 2021 Subaru Outback starts at $26,796 according to U.S. News and World Report. That’s for the base model. There are also the Premium ($29,045), Limited ($33,595), and Touring ($37,495). Buyers can add the XT package to the Limited trim and above. 

The XT package adds some extra niceties, but it’s real draw is the engine upgrade. The base engine is a 182 hp four-cylinder option. With the XT package, the 2021 Outback runs a turbocharged 260 hp four-cylinder. To add the XT package, it costs a few thousand more per model, depending on which configuration you choose.

Regardless of which model you choose, Consumer Reports approves. This is a great all-around vehicle that offers value and versatility. In fact, Consumer Reports says it’s “simply a smart choice.”