2021 Subaru Outback VS 2021 GMC Terrain Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

When you're looking for a new two-row SUV that's a bit more upscale, you'll find a variety of good options on the market. Take the Subaru Outback, for instance. It's long been the brand's flagship, and it was recently redesigned to take the Subaru reputation for value even further. Another popular model in this segment is the latest GMC Terrain. Both models certainly make an impression, but what really separates these models? Below, we look at the specs and features offered by each model. Once you have an idea of how far your money goes with each model, we invite you to discover even more at Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City, UT.

2021 Outback With Kayaks On Roof

2021 Subaru Outback vs GMC Terrain: Comfort & Convenience

Perhaps the biggest draw to this segment is the larger size for added passenger comfort and cargo capacity. The new 2021 Subaru Outback clearly delivers in this area with an impressive 109 cubic feet of passenger space that ensures passengers in the front and back will remain comfortable. The 2021 GMC Terrain gives you just 103 cubic feet of passenger space. You also get more cargo space and more front seat legroom in the new Outback compared to the GMC Terrain.

As you've come to expect from Subaru, the 2021 Subaru Outback also comes standard with roof rails with retractable crossbars for attaching all kinds of accessories and gear. Roof rails without folding crossbars are an available option on the 2021 GMC Terrain, but they'll cost you more as an optional extra.


2021 Outback Touchscreen

2021 Subaru Outback vs GMC Terrain: Features & Technology

Inside both vehicles, you find a touchscreen multimedia system complete with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ technology. That means they'll both keep you connected as you drive -- however, we think you'll find the system in the 2021 Subaru Outback even easier and more intuitive to use. That's because it comes with a pair of 7" touchscreens at the entry level! You get just a single 7" display in entry-level 2021 GMC Terrain models. And if you upgrade, more premium Subaru Outback trim levels give you a 11.6" tablet-style display. That's a whole lot bigger than any touchscreen available in the 2021 GMC Terrain.

Furthermore, the 2021 Subaru Outback offers some optional upgrades you won't find on any 2021 GMC Terrain! These features include a 12-speaker premium Harman Kardon® audio system, ventilated front seats, genuine Nappa leather upholstery and more.

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2021 Outback Carrying Bikes

2021 Subaru Outback vs GMC Terrain: Performance

The 2021 GMC Terrain is offered with only one engine option -- and it's not as powerful, nor as efficient as what you can get from the 2021 Subaru Outback. Entry-level 2021 Subaru Outback models deliver an additional 12 horsepower compared to the 2021 GMC Terrain. The new Outback also comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, while all-wheel drive is an option that'll cost you more than $1,000 extra on the 2021 GMC Terrain. Yet despite making more power and having all-wheel drive, it still gets better fuel economy than even front-wheel drive versions of the new GMC Terrain!

And since it's powered by a Subaru BOXER® engine, the 2021 Subaru Outback provides a smoother, more car-like ride thanks to a lower center of gravity and the horizontally-opposed pistons of a BOXER® engine. You can even upgrade to a turbocharged engine making up to 260 horsepower in the new 2021 Subaru Outback! That's a whole lot more power than you can get in the 2021 GMC Terrain.


2021 Outback LED Taillamps

2021 Subaru Outback vs GMC Terrain: Safety & Driver Assistance

While both models come standard with at least some driver assist technology, the 2021 Subaru Outback makes every drive that much safer and easier with so much more than the 2021 GMC Terrain. Both models feature standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping assistance. But you also get standard adaptive cruise control on the Subaru Outback!

There's also some safety technology on the 2021 Subaru Outback you can't get on the 2021 GMC Terrain at all. For example, all 2021 Subaru Outback models feature Steering Responsive LED Headlights that swivel as you steer. Nothing quite like that is available on any GMC Terrain. Neither can you get reverse automatic braking, which can help you avoid that parking lot fender-bender when backing out of a tight space.

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Which Rugged SUV Is A Better Value For Your Money?

With a starting MSRP of $26,795, the 2021 Subaru Outback costs a bit more than the 2021 GMC Terrain at the entry level -- but when you consider how much it would cost to upgrade the GMC Terrain with the capability of all-wheel drive, the confidence of adaptive cruise control and the versatility of built-in roof rails with folding crossbars, you can see why the 2021 Subaru Outback is an even better value! Get more when you choose Subaru, and get it for even less when you shop at Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City.

2021 Subaru Outback2021 GMC Terrain
$26,795Starting MSRP*$25,000
33 Highway - 26 CityStandard Fuel Economy (MPG)30 Highway - 25 City
Symmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
182Standard Horsepower170
StandardPaddle ShiftersNot Available
32.5 ft3Cargo Volume Behind Rear Seats29.6 ft3
75.7 ft3Max Cargo Volume63.3 ft3
Standard with CrossbarsRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
Dual 7" TouchscreensStandard Multimedia SystemSingle 7" Touchscreen
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.