What's New on the 2021 Subaru Outback?

There are a few upgrades to highlight on the 2021 Subaru Outback.  First, curve-adaptive LED headlights were added to the new model which increases visibility at night and illuminates road hazards better and faster than conventional headlights.  Also, rear seat reminders are now standard on the new Subaru Outback which reminds the driver if there are children or pets in the back seat. Finally, the seat-belt warning alerts for the passenger and rear seats are also included, adding to the safety of the Outback. Car buyers now have the option between a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower or a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine with 260 horsepower and plenty of torque.  The 2021 Subaru Outback has maintained an upscale and comfortable interior.

What is Comparable to the Subaru Outback?

The Kia Sorento is comparable to the 2021 Subaru Outback. Both the Outback and Sorento can transport at least five passengers.  In terms of horsepower, both have a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with enough power and torque for effective merging.   And for driver assistance safety features, both Subaru Outback and Kia Sorento come standard with forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, and lane keep assist.

Which is Better, the Kia Sorento or Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback is the clear choice over the Kia Sorento for these reasons:
  • Standard all-wheel Drive: The 2021 Subaru Outback has maximum traction in slippery conditions and has 8.7 inches of ground clearance.   In the Kia Sorento, AWD is not standard and the base model only gets 6.9 inches of ground clearance.
  • Off-road Capability: The Outback has X Mode which uses "Hill Descent Control" that can be activated when driving down steep slopes to eliminate the need for using and potentially locking up your brakes.
  • Safety Ratings: The 2021 Subaru Outback  earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA for overall safety rating, frontal crash rating, and side crash rating.  Meanwhile, the Kia Sorento has not yet been tested in any of these categories.  Also, the Outback was named a Top Safety+ pick by IIHS because of their standard Eye Sight Driver Assist Technology that helps the driver monitor traffic, manage cruise control, and stay in their lane.  The Kia Sorento is missing adaptive cruise control and is not currently on IIHS's list for Top Safety+ pick.
  • Plenty of Cargo Room: According to tests performed by Car & Driver, the new Subaru Outback can hold 11 carry-on suitcases with the back seat up and 23 bags with it folded flat.

Does all-wheel Drive Come Standard in all 2021 Subaru Outbacks?

The 2021 Subaru Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive which provides better stability, efficiency, and provides increased safety in slippery road conditions.   This gives you a firm grip on the road when power is distributed to the wheels with the best traction.  This is especially important in low traction conditions like heavy rain and snow.  All-wheel drive enhances control and stability in these conditions.  With Subaru's AWD, you can feel safe driving in almost all weather conditions with a greater sense of confidence on the road.

How does the Outback Compare to the Sorento on Fuel Efficiency?

The Subaru Outback beats the Kia Sorento in fuel efficiency too.  The Kia Sorento gets 21-24 MPG for city and 25-29  MPG for highway driving.  The Subaru gets even further with 23-26 MPG for city and 30-33 MPG for highway driving. For a quick comparison, the 2021 Kia Sorento gets 25 MPG combined and the Outback gets 29 MPG combined. You will definitely save on fuel with the Outback.  According to Consumer Reports, the average fuel cost for a 2021 Subaru Outback is $1210.  In contrast, the average fuel cost is around $1,500 for the Kia Sorento.

How does the Outback Compare to the Sorento in Terms of Cost to Own?

The 2021 Subaru Outback is available in seven different trim levels with the base trim priced at $26,795.  Meanwhile, the Kia Sorento starts at a base price of $29,390.  Keep in mind that the Outback comes standard with all wheel drive and added safety features.  If you upgrade to the Outback Premium, you can expect to pay about $29,045 for the additional safety features and heated front seats.  The next level of the Kia Sorento is around $31,890.  Finally, a fully-loaded 2021 Subaru Outback comes in at $39,945 with all available upgrades which is still less than the Kia Sorento's top model at $42,590.

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