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The 10 Best New Cars For Road Trips - Subaru Outback Is Now 4th On The List

According to a new report, Subaru has one of the best road trip vehicles when it comes to getting away. See why the 2021 Subaru Outback is ranked the 4th best overall.


Which are the best new cars and SUVs for a road trip? This Memorial Day weekend and summer, many people will hit the road, and Kelly Blue Book (KBB) just released its 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2021. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates 34 million people will take to the road this weekend, compared with last year's 23 million (their lowest on record since 2000).

The KBB report says the newly redesigned 2021 Subaru Outback is one of the 10-Best road trip vehicles you can buy right now to take a trip this summer.

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing
photo credit: Competition Subaru

What makes Outback the 4th best vehicle on the list?

KBB says the 2021 Subaru Outback is the “Swiss Army Knife of vehicles.” They list five reasons why it's one of the top five models for a road trip. "Outback is better than ever, delivering excellent on-road comfort, good fuel economy, plenty of punch, and serious off-road or severe weather capability."

They also pick the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness sub-brand trim as a good pick when it arrives this summer. "It's more off-road oriented with a lift kit, chunky tires, and cool styling accents for well under $40,000," says KBB.

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing
photo credit: Competition Subaru

The 10-Best road trip vehicles of 2021, according to KBB in order of the best models, are the Toyota Sienna, Kia Telluride, Honda Odyssey. Subaru Outback, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Volvo V90, RAM 1500 TRX, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda MX-5 Miata.

What is the fuel mileage of the 2021 Subaru Outback?

With gas prices rising, good fuel economy is important to road warriors. The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2021 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/33 mpg city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

The Outback gets the best fuel efficiency in its class

The Outback's overall 29 mpg/city 26 / highway 33 mpg beats the Toyota Highlander overall 22 mpg/city 14 / highway 32 mpg, Lexus RX overall 22 mpg/city 14 / highway 31 mpg, Kia Sorento overall 25 mpg/city 17 / highway 34 mpg, Kia Telluride overall 21 mpg/city 14 / highway 30 mpg, Hyundai Palisade overall 21 mpg/city 15 / highway 29 mpg, and Mazda CX-9 overall 22 mpg/city 15 / highway 32 mpg.

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Outback?

The 2021 Outback comes in seven trim levels, base $27,845, Premium ($30,095), Limited ($34,645), Onyx Edition XT ($36,195), Limited XT ($38,545), Touring ($39,045), and Touring XT ($40,995). Pricing includes $1,050 destination.

KBB says the 2021 Subaru Outback is now one of the four best vehicles to get away on Memorial Day weekend and for long road trips this summer.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Cindy Golden (not verified)    May 28, 2021 - 10:29AM

I'm impressed with your articles!

Enlightening, innovative, educational....

Going car shopping today!

Wish you were riding Shotgun! It's a jungle out there!

Millerski (not verified)    May 28, 2021 - 4:38PM

This KBB Top 10 list does not exactly align with the TorqueNews article statement "...good fuel economy is important to road warriors", given that RAM 1500 TRX (which requires Premium Gasoline and gets 12 MPG combined; 10 MPG city; 14 MPG highway) at number 8 on this list...

Al D (not verified)    May 29, 2021 - 3:26PM

What makes my 2020 Lexus ES 350 one of the best sedans for road trips is how quiet it is and how nice it rides. It's fairly stable on windy days and gas mileage is decent for a V6.

Lagenia McLean (not verified)    June 9, 2023 - 6:23AM

I’d love to have this I currently own a Subaru and it’s lasted me, well I have taken very well care of it.