2011 Subaru Outback


#3 out of 12 in 2011 Wagons

$8,470 - $10,445

2011 Subaru Outback Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Subaru Outback was new.


Interior: 8.6

Looking nearly identical to the 2010 Outback’s interior, the cabin gets minor comfort and convenience items for 2011. Bundled with the power moonroof package on Premium and Limited models, Subaru now offers a rear vision camera on the Outback. Included with this is an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink garage door integration and a compass.

  • "…[T]his is the fourth generation of the Outback, and it's roomier and more comfortable than ever." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "Inside, the cockpit is a logical layout with door and dash surfaces perfectly finished and an understated design. Subaru is good at making fake wood look like real wood. " -- Popular Mechanics


The Outback seats five in what most reviewers say is a comfortable arrangement. Reviewers generally find the front seats to be comfortable. Almost all reviewers give Subaru credit for increasing second-row legroom over the previous-generation Outback. They say rear-seat space is now big enough to carry adults.

  • "The front bucket seats are quite comfortable, and the rear bench is fine for two people but a bit cramped for three adults." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "While its redesigned front buckets remain the best seats in the house, a new 60/40-split rear bench now runs a closer second thanks to the addition of adjustable-rake backrests." -- Motor Trend
  • "Inside the cabin, Subaru has provided what the American populace has been demanding, and that is larger passenger accommodations in the rear. While front-seat legroom shrinks an inch, rear-seat legroom increases by a whopping 4 inches, shoulder room by 2.4 inches and headroom by 2 inches" -- Edmunds
  • "With 4 more inches of legroom than before and rear doors that open wide, the rear seat area is a substantial improvement over the previous Outback. It's not only a comfortable place for adults, but it's a rear seat that adults can climb into without much trouble. Up front the seats are relatively flat, and the bottom cushions could be longer, but it's hard to imagine anyone whining about being uncomfortable." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "Unless you belong in the WWE or you're an NBA draft prospect from China, sit in the back of the Outback and your legs will not touch the front seats." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Most reviewers are impressed with the interior of the Subaru Outback. It has a streamlined design and plenty of standard features. The base model comes with power windows and door locks, cruise control and an auxiliary audio input jack. Leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, heated seats, a moonroof and dual-zone climate control are available depending on the model you select.

  • "Those rear seats, by the way, are one-touch fold-down with a 60/40 split, and also recline. The hauling space behind them can be covered with a retractable tonneau, and when you don't want to mess with the cove you can hide it in the subfloor, accessed by lifting the up the rubber mat and carpet." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, the cockpit is a logical layout with door and dash surfaces perfectly finished and an understated design. Subaru is good at making fake wood look like real wood. " -- Popular Mechanics


The 2011 Subaru Outback has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use and 71.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. These figures are excellent for the Outback’s class and even compared to some SUVs. The Toyota Venza offers comparable cargo capacity. While the Volkswagen Passat Wagon also offers similar cargo room with its seats up, it trails the Subaru by almost 10 cubic feet when it comes to maximum cargo space.

  • "Seats-up luggage capacity increases by about a cubic foot, and seats-flat maximum cargo capacity grows by a sizable 6.3 cubic feet. Guess what? It's an SUV, folks!" -- Edmunds
  • "Your freight gets more breathing room as well. The tailgate is wider, the floor is lower, and the packaging of the new double-wishbone suspension combine to add a shade less than one cubic foot of extra cargo room over the current car with the rear seats up, and a tad less than six cubic feet with the rear seats down." -- Autoblog

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