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An SUV alternative, the Outback wagon is roomy and 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 spacious enough for three adults. The generous cargo area is comparable to a Forester or Toyota RAV4, with a lower loading height to boot. The optional EyeSight safety suite adds automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Subaru Outback recalls.

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

  • Hardcore roof-rack users might need a workaround for the integrated roof rack system
  • Lackluster four-cylinder acceleration

Best Version to Get

The best value is the 2.5i Premium, which can get you a well-equipped all-wheel-drive wagon, including the EyeSight safety equipment, for just over $30,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the 3.6R Limited is very well-equipped and satisfying for about $37,500 including EyeSight.  Beyond...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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