2021 Subaru Outback
Comparison

Compare the Subaru Outback to the Competition at Wagner Subaru

Off-road adventure isn't the easiest box to check off your list when shopping for a car, but the Subaru Outback makes sure to put it first. That doesn't mean you'll find an SUV that only does one thing well - the 2021 Outback is a master at providing the perfect power, capability, comfort, convenience, and safety for its passengers. Nothing drives quite like the new Subaru Outback, and when it comes to the latest model year, you'll find that nothing suits your style like the 2021 lineup. Here at Wagner Subaru, we want to make sure we help you do your homework, which is why we've put the Outback up against other popular SUV options. Check out how they compare down below and see why the Subaru Outback is one of our favorite options!



Subaru Outback

Honda Passport

Hyundai Santa Fe

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chevy Blazer

Base MSRP$26,795$32,590$26,275$34,000$28,800
All-Wheel DriveStandardAvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
MPG (City/Highway)26/3320/2522/2929/2621/27
Cargo Space75.7-cubic-feet77.9-cubic-feet71.3-cubic-feet68.3-cubic-feet64.20-cubic-feet
Maximum Torque Output277 pound-feet262 pound-feet260 pound-feet645 pound-feet270 pound-feet
UpholsteryClothClothClothClothPremium Cloth
Adaptive Cruise ControlStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Roadside AssistanceAvailableAvailableStandardAvailableAvailable
Back-Up CameraStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Touchscreen (Base Model)Standard 7.0-inchNot AvailableStandard 7.0-inchStandard 7.0-inchStandard 8.0-inch
Headroom40.1/39.1 inches40.1/40.1 inches41.2/39.2 inches39.9/39.2 inches39.8/38.6 inches
Legroom42.8/39.5 inches40.9/39.6 inches44.1/40.9 inches40.3/38.6 inches41.0/39.6 inches

The Award Winning Subaru Outback

The 2020 Subaru is a popular model that has received many accolades from the automotive community. Wagner Subaru is proud to offer the Subaru Outback to Dayton, OH drivers.

A 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Applies to 2020 Outback vehicles built after October 2019.

J.D. Power 2020

#1 Brand Loyalty in the automotive industry for two years in a row.

Front Crash Prevention

The 2020 Subaru Outback received the highest possible rating for front crash prevention from IIHS.

Best User Experience

The 2020 Subaru Outback is a Wards 10 Best User Experience winner.

Best Resale Value

The Subaru Outback has the Best Resale Value in its class for 2020, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Built to Last

97% of Subaru Outback vehicles sold in the last 10 yeras are still on the road today.


Compare Subaru Outback with Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chevy Blazer

If you're looking for a spacious and accommodating SUV with great versatility and leading capability on and off the road, the Subaru Outback deserves a spot at the top of your research list. Whether you're seeking a safety-conscious family mover or intrepid adventure machine, this segment mainstay and industry icon is ideally suited to a variety of Dayton-area needs and lifestyles.

The Subaru Outback delivers a pleasing ride with its airy cabin, quality materials, and uncluttered design. The seats are cushioned yet supportive and well-bolstered for long-distance comfort. And the split-folding rear seats offer convenient flexibility and up to 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Outback also comes generously equipped with standard amenities like 17-inch alloy wheels, smartphone integration, and steering-adaptive headlights. Plus, every Outback includes the EyeSight® suite of advanced driver aids, including Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

Subaru's most recognizable nameplate lives up to its adventurous reputation, delivering impressive proficiency on changing terrain or in inclement conditions. Outback offers two robust engine options, including a turbocharged 2.4-liter powerplant that makes 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Combined with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance and you've got a mid-size crossover wagon with genuine all-season capability.

Subaru Outback vs. The Competition

Of course, Fairborn drivers have more than a few options in the segment, but not many can match Outback's well-rounded blend of versatility, capability, and value. That said, it's crucial to consider all your options and select the best fit for you. To help you on your quest, we've put together this comparison page to show how Outback matches up to four of its most prominent competitors.

Subaru Outback vs. Honda Passport

Interior

Newly redesigned on Subaru's Global Platform, Outback boasts a solidly constructed and nicely refined interior, with attractive design elements and high-quality materials. The compliant suspension smooths out road imperfections, and excellent sound insulation effectively mitigates road and engine noise. The Honda Passport is reasonably quiet but has a stiffer ride quality, which transmits some road noise into the cabin. Passport is a bit larger than Outback, but maximum cargo capacities are similar (Outback: 75.7 cubic feet; Passport: 77.9 cubic feet). And Outback's low and flat cargo floor makes for much easier loading and unloading.

Exterior

The Outback and Passport are noticeably different in shape, with the Outback blending wagon and SUV characteristics and the Passport following standard SUV conventions. Subaru equips every Outback with steering-adaptive headlights that turn with the steering wheel for better visibility around curves. Passport doesn't offer this feature at all.

Subaru also includes standard with roof rails with tie-downs and integrated crossbars for easy transportation of cartop carriers, bicycles, and other equipment. Passport reserves roof rails for the top trims.

Performance

Outback's turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder and Passport's 3.5-liter V-6 are evenly matched, with Honda having more horsepower (260 to 280) and Subaru more torque (277 to 262 pound-feet). However, Outback's engine is much more efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined (Passport: 21 mpg).

Like all Subaru SUVs, Outback comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance, giving it sure-footed control in challenging conditions. Passport has less clearance (7.5), and AWD is only available as an option.

Technology

Outback and Passport both offer standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a suite of advanced driver aids. However, the Outback's second trim level features an 11.6-inch touchscreen, while Passport only has an 8-inch screen.

Subaru Outback vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

Interior

The Outback is spacious and comfortable with plenty of headroom and legroom and soft, supportive, and bolstered seats. Thoughtfully designed windows provide excellent visibility and minimize blind spots, and ride quality is smooth and quiet. Conversely, Santa Fe isn't quite as refined, and taller riders may feel a bit cramped in the back. Experts at Edmunds commented: "Sitting in the driver's seat is generally unpleasant," and "The rear view is obstructed by wide rear roof pillars.*"

Exterior

Outback's standard roof rails offer cargo options beyond its internal capacity, and standard LED steering-adaptive headlights provide better illumination when on winding roads. Roof rails are optional on Santa Fe's second tier and standard on higher trims, but they aren't available on the base model. And you also won't find cornering headlights.

Performance

Standard engines for the Outback and Santa Fe are about equal, but Subaru's available turbocharged 2.4-liter (260 hp, 277 lb-ft) outperforms Hyundai's turbocharged 2.0-liter (235 hp, 260 lb-ft). The Outback accelerates from 0-60 in under 6.5 seconds, while Santa Fe needs 8.1 seconds.

Outback also has a better off-road pedigree, with taller ground clearance and standard AWD.

Technology

Both models come standard with 7-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. However, by stepping up just one trim from base, Beavercreek shoppers can get an Outback with a large 11.6-inch screen. Santa Fe's optional screen is only 8 inches, and it's only available on the top tiers.

*Source: https://www.edmunds.com/hyundai/santa-fe/ (2020 model)

Subaru Outback vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Interior

Despite being slightly smaller, Subaru Outback provides more front and rear legroom and greater cargo capacity than Grand Cherokee (75.7 to 68.3 cubic feet). Both models offer quiet, upscale cabins with supportive seating. However, Outback's outstanding overall ride quality, and balance of compliance and control, surpasses Grand Cherokee, which feels less refined on the road.

Exterior

Both models are rugged yet refined with broad-shouldered stances, assertive front fascia, and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. However, Outback comes standard with cornering LED headlights, which aren't available for any Grand Cherokee trim.

Performance

The Outback's turbocharged 2.4-liter engine makes less horsepower than Grand Cherokee's 3.6-liter V-6 (260 to 295) but more torque (277 to 260 pound-feet). And with Grand Cherokee's significantly heavier curb weight, Outback out-accelerates it to 60 mph by 1.5 seconds. Jeep is one of the few brands to challenge Subaru's off-road capability, and the Grand Cherokee has similar ground clearance to Outback. However, Outback comes standard with all-wheel-drive, which is only optional on Grand Cherokee.

Technology

The Subaru Outback comes standard with several EyeSight® advanced driver-assistance technologies, including collision mitigation, lane-keeping, and adaptive cruise control. Grand Cherokee requires an extra package to get these features, and adaptive cruise control is only standard on the top-tier Summit trim. Both models feature standard seven-inch touchscreens, but Outback's available 11.6-inch screen surpasses Jeep's available 8.4-inch screen.

Subaru Outback vs. Chevrolet Blazer

Interior

Both models provide roomy passenger accommodations and comfortable seating. But while Outback is insulated and quiet, Blazer lets in a lot of wind, road, and tire noise on the highway. Additionally, Outback's large windows allow for easy visibility, while Blazer's outward visibility is compromised. Finally, Outback's cargo area of 75 cubic feet is much more capacious than Blazer's 64.2.

Exterior

The exteriors of each model reflect different intentions. Outback carries Subaru's recognizable rugged design language that accentuates its versatile capability. The Chevy Blazer goes for a sportier look with aesthetics based on the Camaro sports car. Outback's exterior is more functional, with standard roof rails and cornering headlights. Blazer reserves roof rails for the middle trim, and traditional LED headlights are only available as options on the highest trims.

Performance

The Chevy Blazer used to be known for its rugged off-road capability until its discontinuation in 1994. Chevrolet rebooted the nameplate in 2019, but the new model bears little resemblance to its predecessor and isn't really suited for anything more aggressive than hard-packed gravel. The Outback stays true to Subaru's adventurous heritage, providing ample capability on and off the road.

Technology

Both models come standard with touchscreen infotainment systems and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, but only Outback offers an available screen upgrade. And while Outback comes standard with many advanced driver aids, Blazer reserves them for the upper trims, with adaptive cruise control only available at the highest level.

Test Drive the New Subaru Outback near Dayton and Springfield, OH

If you're shopping for a well-equipped SUV with flexible accommodations and utility and strong off-road capability, the new Subaru Outback could be an ideal fit. For more information regarding trims, options, and financing offers, please contact Wagner Subaru. And if you'd like to experience for yourself what separates Outback from the competition, come visit us in Fairborn, OH, for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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