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2021 Subaru Outback Engine Options & Towing Rochester, MN

Whether you’re looking for a dependable daily driver or an all-wheel drive wagon that can take you on thrilling adventures — or both — versatility is yours with the 2021 Subaru Outback. Take a look at the Subaru Outback for sale at Subaru of Rochester in Rochester, MN, and check out our current Subaru Outback lease deal for an attractive offer. Have questions? Reach out to us via phone at (507) 285-4777 or send us a text, chat, or online message.

Engine Differences: 2.5L vs. 2.4L Turbocharged

The 2021 Subaru Outback features two powertrains that offer different levels of performance.

2.5L Subaru BOXER® Engine Subaru Outback Engines

The 2.5L SUBARU BOXER is a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) direct injection four-cylinder engine that derives its name from the way the pistons move ― like a boxer throwing punches. This design helps deliver a smooth driving experience. The engine is linked to a Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) for optimal acceleration, fuel efficiency, and reliability.

The 2.5L BOXER engine is also equipped with a dual active valve control system, which is variable valve timing technology designed to deliver optimal performance when the engine is experiencing increased capacity (engine loads).

Paired with symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD), stability and traction are enhanced to give you greater control. Performance specs are:

  • 182 horsepower
  • 176 pound-feet of torque
  • 26 city/33 highway MPG
  • Maximum towing capacity of 2,700 pounds
Two Subaru Outback Vehicles parked near a mountain
Blue Subaru Outback driving through a forest creek

2.5L Subaru BOXER® Engine Subaru Outback Engines

The 2021 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT trims feature a 2.4L DOHC direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an adjustable, active valve control system. Paired with an enhanced Lineartronic CVT with adaptive control and eight-speed manual mode, it delivers increased torque at low rpms and elevated pulling power.

Symmetrical AWD with X-MODE® delivers SUV-level traction control when the gear downshifting X-MODE feature is activated. This enhanced AWD system is ideal on slippery or snowy road conditions, providing an added level of control for greater peace of mind. Performance specs are:

  • 260 horsepower
  • 277 pound-feet of torque
  • 23 city/30 hwy MPG
  • 3,500 pounds maximum towing capacity

Engine Model Availability Subaru Outback Engines

The base 2.5L BOXER® four-cylinder engine is featured on the Outback, Premium, Limited, and Touring trims, while the enhanced performance 2.4L direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine is featured on the Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT trims.

2021 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

The 2021 Subaru Outback is capable of pulling up to 2,700 pounds, when equipped with the 2.5L turbocharged engine and symmetrical AWD. If towing a recreational vehicle or small camper is part of your adventurous lifestyle, the Outback Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, and Touring XT trims with the more powerful 2.4L turbocharged engine and symmetrical AWD with X-MODE extend that capability to 3,500 pounds.

Two Subaru Outback Vehicles parked near a mountain

2021 Subaru Outback Towing Features

Key attributes of the 2021 Subaru Outback that contribute to its towing ability and ease are:

  • Symmetrical AWD, which optimizes traction and handling
  • X-MODE feature that further elevates traction control
  • Hill descent control
  • Eyesight® driver assist technology that supports you when you’re on the road
  • Trailer hitch

Learn More About the 2021 Subaru Outback

The 2021 Subaru Outback beckons you to get out and discover the world around you. Learn more about this five-passenger wagon by visiting our 2021 Outback review page and 2021 Outback trims page or give us a call at (507) 285-4777.

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