2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Subaru Outback Touring XT

Subaru Outback

  • Standard Engine2.5L 4-Cy
  • Horsepower182hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *26 / 23
  • Seats5

Subaru Outback Touring XT

  • Standard Engine2.4L 4-Cy
  • Horsepower260hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *23 / 30
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance

The popular Subaru Outback has had enduring popularity for many reasons. In 2021, this vehicle gains adaptive LED headlights and a rear-seat reminder on its standard equipment list. With so many features on the base model, it may seem hard to imagine that the higher trims add much more. Here are the ways that the Outback and Outback Touring XT are both the same and different.


Subaru goes with a 2.5L flat-four for the standard Outback that generates 182-horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a continuously variable transmission, which makes it smooth and efficient. If buyers choose the Outback Touring XT model, they get a turbocharged 2.4L flat-four instead. This engine can make 260-horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Every version of the 2021 Subaru Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive.


The entry-level Outback has many desirable exterior features, including roof rails, LED headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Touring XT models have power-adjustable side mirrors and a power moonroof as well. Inside, the base model is pleasant and comfortable. Going with the Touring XT model means getting Nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated and heated front seats.


All models of the 2021 Outback are well-equipped and ready to go. A 7-inch touchscreen comes standard, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for taking life on the road. The base model is also equipped with the Subaru EyeSight suite of advanced features, including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

For the Touring XT model, the Outback gets even more luxurious. It has an integrated navigation system, along with the interior upgrades highlighted above. This upper trim also has the DriverFocus driver-monitoring system, which adds an extra layer of safety to the journey.

Both the 2021 Subaru Outback and 2021 Outback Touring XT are available to learn more about at Reliable Subaru. We invite you to reach out to a member of our team today to schedule a test drive.

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