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 SUVs can do -- except tow a heavy load. Subaru has split the difference between a wagon and a crossover, creating a winning combination.
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Subaru Outback Road Test

Best Version to Get

The best value is the 2.5i Premium, which strikes a good balance of equipment and price.  The Touring's primary functional addition is the heated steering wheel. Those concerned with the leisurely acceleration might want to consider the 3.6R which is more powerful and luxurious.  
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