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An SUV alternative for the non-conformist, the Outback wagon is roomy, functional, and appeals to the practical-minded buyer. It rides very comfortably, with secure handling. Standard AWD delivers reassuring traction in wintry conditions. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder returns 24 mpg overall, and drives through a standard continuously variable transmission. Opting for the 3.6-liter six-cylinder makes the car quicker, quieter, and thirstier, conceding 2 mpg. The controls are all easy-to-use, including the touch-screen infotainment system. The wagon's generous rear seat is roomy enough for three adults. The generous cargo area has comparable room to a Forester or Toyota RAV4, with a lower loading height to boot. The affordable EyeSight safety suite adds blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning with automatic braking.

See Reliability page for the latest 2016 Subaru Outback recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.

Road Test

More than just a wagon, the Outback is an intriguing alternative to a traditional midsized SUV. It has more cargo space than most seemingly larger competitors, less thirst for fuel, and a lower price. Functionally, it does everything most midsized SU...

Highs

  • Better mpg than a midsized SUV with either the four or six cylinder engines
  • Much more room and better equipped than a similarly priced small SUV

Lows

  • Design looks the same
  • Hardcore roof-rack users might need a workaround for the integrated roof rack system

Best Version to Get

The best value is the 2.5i Premium, which can get you a well-equipped all-wheel-drive wagon for under $28,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the 3.6R Limited is very well-equipped and satisfying for about $36,000.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)