The Subaru Outback wagon is a mid-size four-door wagon that’s named after the Australian desert. The Outback is a modified version of the Legacy sedan with all-wheel drive. It has greater ground clearance and body cladding. The Outback was introduced by Subaru in 1994. The fifth generation arrived in 2015.
The Subaru Outback is an excellent choice for a vehicle that can both navigate city streets and down steeply rutted dirt trails. The Outback is a great SUV choice, as it outperforms other SUVs in terms of fuel efficiency and cornering abilities. Although the four-cylinder engine is not always able to handle hard acceleration, the six-cylinder option provides a smooth and effortless stream of power. The Outback is an extremely versatile car.
Pricing and Trims
The Outback wagon is available in four trims from Subaru: 2.5i to Premium, Limited, Touring, and Limited. These trims can be ordered with either a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine or a 6-cylinder 3.6-liter engine. All trims include a 2.5-liter inline 4 cylinder engine. The Limited and Touring models can be upgraded to a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine for an additional $2,500.
Exterior features include automatic halogen headlights and LED brakelights. The 2.5i entry-level model also has 17-inch alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes. Roof rails with integrated cross bars, tinted glasses, and variable intermittent wipers. The interior features include a touchscreen infotainment system that measures 6.5 inches with four speakers, Bluetooth and CD player, air conditioning and cloth upholstery. There are also two 12V power outlets, a mini overhead storage console and illuminated glove box. Every Outback comes standard with the EyeSight suite driver safety aids. Technology such as lane keep assist and pre-collision brake and throttle management are available to owners. The 2.5i is priced at $26,400.
Upgrade to the 2.5i Premium model for a 10-way power driver’s seat, fog lights and heated front seats. Starlink is connected safety and security system. The 2.5i Premium starts at $28,500.
The 2.5i and the 3.6R Limited trims come with leather seats, proximity keyless entry/start, Harman Kardon premium sound systems (12 speakers), and 18-inch alloy wheels. The 2.5i and the 3.6R Limited are priced at $32,900 and $35,000 respectively.
The 2.5i and the 3.6R Touring trims offer the most luxury. They have curve-adaptive LED headlights and exclusive Java Brown leather upholstery. The 2.5i and the 3.6R Touring are available for around $36,800 and $39,000 respectively.
Engine and Performance
The 2.5i trims come with Subaru’s 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. This engine provides superior balance and handling due to its low center-of-gravity. The engine produces 175 horsepower and 174 pounds-feet torque at its maximum.
The larger, 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine produces a massive 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet torque. It is also available in the higher trim levels. It will be mated with a CVT auto transmission with hill hold control, manual mode with paddle shifters, and a manual mode.
Both engines require regular gasoline. The 2.5i engine is rated at 25/32 mpg for city and highway fuel. These numbers drop slightly to 20/27 for the 3.6R.
Subaru uses a sophisticated design for vehicle interiors. The Outback is no exception. The two-tone interior is available in a variety of colors, including black, gray, white, or tan. Subaru doesn’t overcrowd the dashboard with buttons that distract from the road. Subaru is a well-known mainstream automaker for its excellent fit and finish. Every surface is a reflection of quality and endurance.
The Outback’s seats are extremely comfortable. But the interior is where the Outback shines. The Outback is built on the Legacy platform, which means that there’s plenty of space in both the rows and in the cargo area. The Outback can accommodate five adults of average size. The back seat reclines backwards, making it almost luxurious. The second row, which measures 34.3 cubic feet, has ample cargo space. You can fold down the backseat and cargo space will increase to 71.3 cubic yards.
Even at highway speeds, there is very little road noise in the Outback. The 8.7 inch of ground clearance is a part of the reason. While the base stereo system is good in sound quality, the Harman Kardon soundsystem offers one of the most immersive aural experiences available.