Comparison - Subaru Outback Touring XT 2021 - vs - Volkswagen Passat SEL 2020

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Average Price: 
$
39,945
Updated: 
23 Aug 2019
$
31,095
Updated: 
12 Aug 2020
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2021
2020
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
6-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
no
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
18.50gals
18.50gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Cinnamon brown pearl
#3F2927
Abyss blue pearl
#2B4566
Crystal black silica
#000000
Magnetite gray metallic
#505666
Crystal white pearl
#E7E7E7
Autumn green metallic
#7C805D

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2021 Subaru Outback hangs on to its remarkably rugged stance as it grows more refined than ever.

Pros
Capable as ever
Big 11.6-inch touchscreen
A roomy interior
Excellent safety record
Rides very well

Cons
Careful styling
Moderate acceleration from base engine
Needs more small-item storage

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2021 Subaru Outback comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.Adaptive LED headlights now standard on all trims.Seat-belt reminder standard for all passengers.Reminder to check rear seat added as standard safety feature.

Pros
Spacious cabin and smooth, comfortable ride
Optional turbocharged engine provides plenty of power
Loading the roof or cargo area is easier than in most SUVs
Above-average off-road ability

Cons
Big touchscreen is slow to respond and buries many controls in complicated menus
Slow acceleration from standard engine
Native voice recognition system isn't very accurate

By: 
edmunds.com

The Outback was redesigned from the ground up for the 2020 model year, so for 2021 Subaru has made only three minor changes: Adaptive headlamps, a rear-seat reminder system, and a passenger's seatbelt warning light and chime are now standard across the lineup.

Pros
Ground clearance helps off-road or in snow,
spacious cabin,
tons of available tech.

Cons
Unhurried acceleration,
ho-hum driving dynamics,
indistinct exterior styling.

By: 
caranddriver.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
23.00mpg
23.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
30.00mpg
34.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
16
Cylinders: 
4
Flat
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.40L
2.00L
Torque: 
277ft-lbs
at 2 000rpm
206ft-lbs
at 1 700rpm
Horsepower: 
260hp
at 5 600rpm
174hp
at 5 200rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
36.10Feet
36.40Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Audio and cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Cargo Floor Mats
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Heated Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
191.30in
193.60in
Width: 
73.00in
72.20in
Height: 
66.10in
58.00in
Ground Clearance: 
8.70in
5.40in
Front Track: 
61.80in
Rear Track: 
62.80in
Wheel Base: 
108.10in
110.40in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
37.70
38.30
Rear Head Room: 
39.10
37.80
Front Leg Room: 
42.80in
42.40in
Rear leg room: 
39.50in
39.10in
Front Hip Room: 
55.50in
Front Shoulder Room: 
58.10in
56.90in
Rear Hip Room: 
54.80in
Rear Shoulder room: 
57.40in
57.00in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
75.70cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
3500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
32.50cu.ft
15.90cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
18.60degrees
Angle of Departure: 
21.70degrees
Curb Weight: 
3937.00lbs
3325.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Heated Mirrors
Hands-Free Entry
Reverse Tilt Passenger Only Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Bucket front seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Premium Leather
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Driver Seat Thigh Extension
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Sport Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Leather
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
6 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
6 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Reclining Rear Seats
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Heated
Folding center armrest
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Multi-Level Heating

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
no
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Speakers
Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
4 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
12 Total Speakers
576 Watts Stereo Output
8 Total Speakers
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Memory Card Slot
Fender Premium Brand Speakers
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
400 Watts Stereo Output

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
no
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 X 7.0 In.
18 X 8.0
Wheels more: 
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
Temporary Spare Tire
Painted Alloy Wheels
All Season Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60
Diameter: 
R18
Width: 
235.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45
Diameter: 
R18

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front Ventilated Disc Brakes
Ventilated disc
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
Solid Disc
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Self-Leveling Headlights
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation

Options

Packages: 
Standard Model
VW Care
Combination Assistance Kit
Roadside Assistance Kit
Exterior Options: 
Body Side Molding - Crystal White Pearl
Door Edge Guards - Magnetite Gray Metallic
Body Side Molding - Cinnamon Brown Pearl
Door Edge Guards - Crystal Black Silica
Door Edge Guards - Autumn Green Metallic
Body Side Molding - Abyss Blue Pearl
Wheel Locks - Alloy
Wheel Lug Nut And Lock Set - Black
Body Side Molding - Magnetite Gray Metallic
Door Edge Guards - Crystal White Pearl
Body Side Molding - Crystal Black Silica
Splash Guards
Sport Grille - Turbo
Body Side Molding - Autumn Green Metallic
Trailer Hitch
Rear Bumper Cover
Door Scuff Protectors
Rear Gate Trim - Chrome
Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirror W/Approach Lighting
Door Edge Guards - Cinnamon Brown Pearl
Lip Spoiler
Bumperdillo Protection Plate
Wheel Locks
Splash Guards
Interior Options: 
Wireless Charger
Woodgrain Interior Trim Kit
LED Upgrade - Dome Light
Cargo Net
Rear Seatback Protector
Sunshade
Footwell Illumination Kit
All-Weather Floor Liners
Rubber Mats Kit
First Aid Kit
Rearview Mirror W/HomeLink
Carpeted Mats
Luggage Net

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Java Brown Nappa, premium leather
#594832