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.
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.