Compare 2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021 Subaru Outback 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
MPG (City/Highway) *
  26/33 25/28
All-Wheel Drive
  Standard Optional
Cargo Space
  75.7 cu. ft. 72.1 cu. ft.
Roof Rails
  Standard Available on other styles

2021 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Serving Charlottesville, VA

The Subaru Outback’s reputation as a capable and well-appointed wagon has been reinforced through numerous improvements and upgrades across more than 25 years. Like the Outback, the Santa Fe has a five-passenger cabin and a modestly higher sales price. Which of these popular models has what it takes to live up to your lifestyle’s demands?


The Outback and the Santa Fe both received an exterior facelift during the last model year, so their facades are modern and fresh. The 2021 Outback shows off subtle curvature through the side accents and a confident slope through the roof, and a modest definition of the hood. These features are emboldened by thick body molding, raised roof rails, a metallic front skid plate, a solid bar through the grille, and an LED light ribbon with sharp angles. On the Santa Fe, the flat front has a large grille and T-shaped headlights that are sectioned in half. The Santa Fe’s exterior functionality is diminished by its lack of roof rails, the protective molding on the lower body, and the lack of a skid plate.


While the 2021 Outback’s façade is distinctly athletic, the interior is sleek and modern. Most of the vehicle’s convenience and technology features are accessed through a table-sized display screen. This screen is mounted at an angle, and it covers the entire center stack. At the Santa Fe’s base level, the 8-inch display screen is combined with segments for the climate controls and the sound system to give the center stack a layered look.


Both of these models come with two powertrains. The differences between the comparable engines’ torque and horsepower ratings are nominal. The Outback is outfitted with a host of mechanical features to take performance up a notch at all trim levels. These include active torque vectoring, a traction control system, X-Mode, hill descent control, symmetrical all-wheel drive, and vehicle dynamics control.

Your next step toward buying a new vehicle is to compare the Outback’s five trim levels and two powertrains in person. Stop by Umansky Subaru today to tour the showroom with the support of one of our helpful sales reps.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.