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2021 Subaru Outback Interior

#3 out of 6 in Wagons

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2021 Subaru Outback Interior Review


Interior: 8.2

 The 2021 Subaru Outback has upscale interior materials, adult-friendly seating, and a roomy cargo area. It also comes with an impressive number of standard safety features. However, the infotainment system may take some getting used to.

  • "In terms of design, we can't say the interior is especially attractive, but materials quality is stronger than it was in the past. The buttons and switches have a high-quality feel to them, while even the base trim gets simulated leather stitched together on the dash, doors and center console." -- Autoblog
  • "Contrast stitching and thoughtful trim selections add an upscale feel." -- Motor Trend (2020)
  • "The Outback’s new structure, which is stronger yet more compact, allows for smaller pillars, meaning that visibility is excellent when looking in front, on the sides, and in back." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)


There's 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 75.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These numbers are great for a wagon. The seats fold completely flat, and there's additional underfloor storage. A hands-free liftgate is available in the Premium trim and standard in every trim above that.

  • "Its cargo area is also shockingly voluminous." -- Autoblog
  • "The rear seat backs fold level with the cargo floor via releases on both the seat back and in the cargo area – a nice touch. There’s also a good amount of underfloor storage, including a wide slot where you can stow the cargo cover." -- Consumer Guide (2020)
  • "Subaru's adventurous, dog-loving clientele will appreciate the Outback's increased cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down, wider cargo floor, and easy-fold rear seats." -- Motor Trend (2020)


This Subaru has seating for up to five people in two rows. No matter where you sit in the Outback, you'll find spacious, comfortable, and supportive seating. The driver also benefits from good outward visibility. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard.

Available comfort features include heated front seats, ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, Nappa leather upholstery, water-repellant synthetic leather upholstery, and heated rear seats.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. There’s also a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The middle seat can also borrow a lower anchor from the passenger-side rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the highest rating of Good+, which indicates that it's among the easiest and most versatile to use.

  • "Think a wagon is smaller than an SUV? Think again. With its substantially longer wheelbase and overall length, the Outback exceeds the space you'll find in compact crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru's own Forester. That's especially true in the back seat, which is wide and offers far more space between rows (this difference may not always show up on spec sheets, but you'll notice it in person). This is especially noteworthy for parents with rear-facing child seats." -- Autoblog
  • "Visibility – another long-time Subaru strength – remains very good here, aided when backing by a 180-degree rearview camera that can “see” both ways down a parking-lot aisle and includes a washer." -- Consumer Guide (2020)
  • "The seats are comfortable for long distances and the EyeSight driver assistance tech make it a breeze to drive on the highway. Your back seat passengers will appreciate the generous legroom and headroom and the dual USB ports that come in most trims of the Outback. If you have one or two kids, this makes a strong family car and it's a little more interesting than your average crossover." -- Autotrader (2020)

Interior Features

The standard dual-screen Starlink infotainment system is fairly straightforward to use and access. Two 7-inch touch screens are standard, and physical knobs make it easy to operate audio and climate functions. However, the system may take some time to get used to because some options are buried within the interface. Additionally, the base stereo's sound quality isn't good.

Standard infotainment features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Several active safety features are also standard, including a rearview camera, a rear-seat reminder, a seat belt warning light and chime for rear-seat-passengers, steering-responsive automatic LED high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Available features include a Rockford Fosgate stereo, two rear USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, an 11.6-inch touch screen, HD Radio, navigation, wireless device charging, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo. Several safety features are also optional, including LED fog lights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, driver distraction monitoring, and a front-view camera.

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  • "Nearly every 2021 Outback comes with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen (and even that lone exception comes with a pair of 7-inch units … ). Its functionality isn't flawless, as the audio controls when using Apple CarPlay are compromised, and the colorful graphics are a bit cartoonish and have an aftermarket look to them. Still, it's generally easy to use, read and reach. Feature content is excellent as well. … Unfortunately, typical for Subaru, stereo sound quality is poor." -- Autoblog
  • "The Outback retains knobs for volume and tuning as well as physical controls for adjusting the cabin temperature (although Subaru has switched from dials to buttons for that task). In our experience, the new infotainment system was quick and useful, but some vehicle controls, like the ones that activated the off-road driving mode, were buried in a hard-to-navigate menu structure." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "The standard infotainment system uses dual 7.0-inch screens. The upper screen controls the audio, and you use the lower screen for climate control and systems including EyeSight and X-Mode." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020) 
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