The Outback is still fresh and new. However, the company is preparing the next moves for its crossover. This should include another drivetrain option. We know the Japanese company will introduce the EV version in a couple of years. However, before this happens, fans will meet the 2021 Subaru Outback Hybrid.
The vehicle is very safe, which is one of the reasons why most experts recommend this crossover. Plus, there is a cool option that became available with the latest redesign. The XT models bring the turbocharged engine. Well, we got used to Forester with this badge, but the Japanese company discontinued it because of slow sales. Now, the Outback XT is bringing back the nameplate.
Engines and XT Specifications
The Japanese company is well-known for its Boxer powerplants. For the Outback, the carmaker uses a flat-four engine which creates 180 hp and 175 pound-feet of torque. Still, the most impressive thing about this drivetrain is its low position, which provides a low center of gravity, further resulting in more precise handling and maneuvering. Another synonym of the Japanese company is Symmetrical all-wheel drive. It is standard all across the lineup. A CVT gearbox shifts power to all four corners. Front-wheels will get most of the energy, while the rear axle is powered only when needed. Also, you can select the X-Mode and hill descent control. The gas mileage is pretty good. The 2021 Outback returns 30 mpg combined.
In the past, the crossover was available with a flat-6 engine. Now, the company is using a more efficient turbo-four. Again, this is the Boxer configuration, with the opposite cylinder position. A 2.4-liter turbo engine is raising to bar to 260 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque for the 2021 Subaru Outback XT, which is more than a six-cylinder unit can do. Also, buyers will have to get used to the better fuel economy, even without premium gasoline.
2021 Subaru Outback Hybrid, Electric Crossover Comes in 2022 or 2023
The 2021 Subaru Outback Hybrid might be the next big thing about the crossover. The company is bringing the all-electric drivetrain. However, the arrival schedule is not available yet. Experts believe that Subaru will launch Outback EV in 2022. The production could start then and the model will be ready for the following season. Before that, a hybrid unit is going to bring a better fuel economy than the two abovementioned models. Again, official info is missing, but some things are making us thinking the vehicle is possible.
Recently, Subaru created a new partnership with Toyota. It is one of the leaders in the hybrid segment, with the most efficient crossover RAV4, and mid-size SUV, Highlander. Both companies are going to benefit from cooperation. Subaru is electrifying the lineup, while Toyota is planning to upgrade Boxer engines and use them for some of its flagship models.
Source: Torque News
Which 2021 Subaru Outback is the Best?
There are four packages ready for the 2021 Subaru Outback. The entry-level model will use only a base engine. Besides the AWD and X-Model, there are almost 9 inches of ground clearance. 17-inch wheels are standard, as well as LED lamps. Well, the interior is not so impressive with cloth upholstery and automatic climate control for the entire cabin. The infotainment brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch display, and Bluetooth. Safety features are also impressive. The Premium edition increases the price but comes with a lot more equipment. Larger infotainment screen, Starlink Plus, heated front seats, and leather-wrapped steering wheel are part of the package.
The most important upgrade for the 2021 Subaru Outback Limited is the turbocharged engine. Well, the standard flat-four is still the base one. Still, the package also adds some premium options, such as leather upholstery and 8-way power-adjustable front buckets. Keyless entry and push-button start are standard. The Limited edition also includes hands-free tailgate, advanced Harman Kardon audio, and a blind-spot monitor system. Sunroof and Nappa leather are the high-end options that come with the Outback Touring. The heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats are also standard. Some other advanced systems, such as voice recognition and driver aid options, are also making the Touring package so luxurious.
We can compare the 2021 Subaru Outback to other crossovers in the compact segment. Nevertheless, the company delivers a unique product, with a kind of engine you won’t find elsewhere. Boxer units with AWD systems are making a difference. It is something we can call “love it or hate it”. Still, the base model is a bit more expensive with the price tag of $27,000. However, you will get a four-wheel drive, which is optional for all the rivals. Still, if you are looking for alternatives, there are Toyota Rav4 or Mazda CX-5. A hybrid model will improve the position of the Outback in the most competitive segment in the US market.