The Subaru Outback has built its name by providing a unique alternative to the average SUV. The midsize station wagon’s interior is spacious and constructed of high-quality materials. Its slightly lifted body comes with standard all-wheel-drive, making the Outback as capable as it is comfortable. Power is no issue with the optional turbocharged engine, which is very fast. Drivers will also appreciate the Outback’s tranquil ride.
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What’s New: Standard adaptive headlights, seat-belt reminder; An added alert to check rear seat before exit; Otherwise unchanged after last year’s redesign
Pros: Comfortable interior with a near-luxury ride; Optional turbocharged engine is fun to drive; Authentic all-weather and all-road abilities
Cons: Base engine could use more horsepower; Elegant interior is not as fancy as some rivals
Subaru sells the Outback in five trims — Base, Premium, the Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring.
All-wheel-drive and driver safety technology are standard on the base Outback, which costs around $27,000. Safety aids include lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Other desirable amenities include automatic LED headlights, roof rails, a reclining back seat, automatic climate control, and two seven-inch multimedia screens.
The Premium trim, which retails for $29,500, adds details like dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 11.6-inch vertical infotainment screen.
The Onyx Edition raises the price because it comes standard with a larger and more powerful turbocharged motor. It begins around $35,500. Standard features include black exterior accents, black alloy wheels, water-repellent upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. An electronic selector adjusts various vehicle settings to help the Subaru traverse tricky road conditions.
The Limited trim starts around $34,000. It is very luxurious, with soft leather seats, a hands-free power tailgate, 18-inch wheels, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system. It’s available with the larger engine for $38,000, which also adds a power sliding moonroof.
The top-tier Touring has a roughly-$37,500 starting MSRP. It comes with a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, premium Nappa leather, a navigation system, and a driver distraction alert. The turbocharged Touring retails for about $40,000.