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Vincentric Says Subaru Outback Is The Lowest Cost-To-Own Midsize SUV In America

The 2021 Subaru Outback is now the Best Value Mid-Size SUV in the latest Vincentric awards. See what it means for new-car shoppers.


What is the best Midsize SUV for shoppers? SUV shoppers can look for vehicles that fit their needs by researching models that score the highest safety marks, that hold their value best, and those that are the lowest cost to own. Subaru recently won Kelly Blue Book's Best Resale Value Brand.

The newly-remodeled sixth-generation Subaru Outback just picked up the Vincentric 2021 Best Value in America Award. The 2021 Subaru Outback wins in the Midsize SUV/Crossover category. The Award says the Outback is now the lowest cost to own.

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing
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Vincentric measures cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel costs, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs.

Individual category winners are identified by measuring the vehicles and automotive brands that had lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. Around 3000 vehicle configurations were evaluated using a range of annual mileage intervals and insurance profiles.

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs
Photo credit: Subaru West Palm Beach

"From depreciation to fuel costs, there's a broad range of factors that affect a vehicle's cost of ownership," said Vincentric President David Wurster.

Vincentric says, "The Subaru Outback outperformed the competition in the Midsize SUV/Crossover segment. The Outback rose to the top by having the lowest insurance and operating costs in its class, along with the best fuel economy in its class."

What is the fuel mileage of the 2021 Subaru Outback?

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.

What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Outback?

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

SUV shoppers looking for the lowest cost-to-own model should check out the 2021 Subaru Outback. Vincentric says the Outback offers the highest value for consumers in the Midsize SUV/Crossover category.

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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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AZ2NY (not verified)    January 22, 2021 - 8:54PM

Good to know, I’m currently cross shopping an Onyx XT w a Grand Cherokee altitude. Will keep long term. Still I’m curious what the author’s experience is with the brand and if he’d purchase one himself?