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Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

About Subaru Outback

The 2018 Subaru Outback is an illustration of automotive metamorphosis, transforming over the years from rugged station wagon to something more like an SUV. Whatever you label this 5-passenger hauler, it's been a hit for good reason. The Outback is quite possibly the most recommendable vehicle for the broadest range of buyers and tasks. It's spacious, efficient, comfortable, a great value in the near and long term, and -- thanks to standard all-wheel drive and excellent ground clearance -- can tackle almost any road or weather condition. Add in advanced safety features, driving aids and technology like CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and this Subie's recipe only improves. The Outback faces many rivals, from the Volkswagen Alltrack to the Ford Edge, but none have its jack-of-all-trades character.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2018?
2018 Subaru Outback

Subaru's Outback gets a nice update for 2018 that includes more sophisticated infotainment systems with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, revised front exterior styling and updates to the interior. Refinements like sound-insulating glass and retuned suspension make the Outback quieter inside and smoother on the road.

  • Expert Rating: 8.6
  • Consumers Rating: 8.8
  • MPG 25|32
2017 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2017?
2017 Subaru Outback

The 2017 Subaru Outback sees the addition of a whole new model, the Outback Touring, which includes every single option and adds unique leather and exterior trim. Other improvements include Reverse Auto Braking and high-beam assist.

2016 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2016?
2016 Subaru Outback

Subaru’s Outback for 2016 sees only minor improvement over last year’s model. A new Starlink safety and security package is added to the Premium and Limited trims, while the EyeSight system gains Lane Keep Assist. Steering feel has been enhanced, and the Limited trim has its suspension recalibrated for a smoother ride.

2015 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2015?
2015 Subaru Outback

The 2015 Subaru Outback is all new this year. Among its many key features is the addition of X-Mode to the all-wheel-drive system, which enhances off-road capability. It also expands the availability of EyeSight, which uses two cameras for active cruise control, collision warning, and collision mitigation.

2014 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2014?
2014 Subaru Outback

In 2013, the Outback received significant updates, and for 2014 the changes are minimal. The 2.5i Premium models now include, as standard, the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors and windshield de-icer) and the display audio system (4.3-inch screen, six speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio).

2013 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2013?
2013 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback receives a fairly significant mid-cycle refresh for 2013. Chief among the changes are a modified body structure and suspension, which result in less body roll and reduced interior noise. Additional refinements include new audio systems, a restyled front end, and a new 4-cylinder engine that is both more powerful and fuel efficient.

2012 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2012?
2012 Subaru Outback

The 2012 Subaru Outback offers a wide range of equipment among its six trim levels. The popular mid-level Premium wagon models add an improved 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth phone and wireless audio streaming plus an iPod connection. The clever standard roof rack with foldaway crossbars is mildly revised.

2011 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2011?
2011 Subaru Outback

For 2011, Subaru adds folding side mirrors to all Outback models and makes XM Satellite Radio part of the harman/kardon audio system. New features include a rear vision camera with 3.3-inch rearview mirror display (part of the Power Moonroof package) and mobile Wi-Fi device that turns the Outback into a rolling hotspot capable of accessing the internet up to 150-feet from the car.

2010 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2010?
2010 Subaru Outback

Not only does the 2010 Outback sport a rugged new look, it offers a host of improvements. Among the most notable is a new continuously-variable transmission (CVT) on four-cylinder models, a new 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, an additional four-inches of rear-seat legroom, a clever roof rack with pivoting cross rails and an available DVD navigation system allowing music streaming via Bluetooth connectivity.

2009 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2009?
2009 Subaru Outback

The 2009 Subaru Outback drops the L.L. Bean trim, while a new Special Edition package is offered on the base car consisting of heated front seats, a power driver's seat, windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, fog lights, a limited slip rear differential and 17-inch alloy wheels. A new 440-watt harman/kardon stereo is standard on all models except the base 2.5i.

2008 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2008?
2008 Subaru Outback

The 2008 Subaru Outback now consists of five trim levels, all in wagon form. Each receives a revised front and rear fascia, revised rear suspension, updated instrument panel and interior fabrics and a few new standard features.

2007 Subaru Outback
What's new for 2007?
2007 Subaru Outback

Model designations have been rearranged to include the smaller Sport, a 2.5i Basic Wagon, 2.5i Wagon, 2.5i Limited Sedan, 2.5 XT Limited Wagon and 3.0 R L.L. Bean Sedan and Wagon. The 2.5 XT Limited now features the SI-DRIVE performance management system.

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Consumer Reviews

Really great so far

By on Thursday, May 25, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "safe, excellent in snow, extremely practical"

Cons: "no standard transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Former VW, then Honda-owner3 civics. Had to make a change. Wanted to go for an SUV/compact. Kept my options w i d e open, and used this guide extensively (thanks!). Really hard to beat the CRV/Rav4, so for a year, I was mulling these two over, after testing-driving EVERY competitor. One last check: how do the CRV/Rav4 do in the snow? THEN I saw a video, and out pops the Subaru Forrester. I read the reviews here, poped over to a local dealer and checked it out. OK, the Forrester is fine, BUT the Outback has an adjustable roof rack, which on other Subaru has. Back seat space; great! Fold down seats for hauling stuff, also excellent. I can load an adult bike inside, with the seats down and gate closed. And, lets not forget about the snowbacked out of a foot of snow, and the plowed pile, with no issue. Tested on a good steep hill while it was really snowing with 8 inches on the ground; halfway up, I stopped; then continued. Awesome! No more changing summer/snow tires! Now, the really cool part: I thought the mileage would be not so swell, and initially I was not shouting for joy, but I read how to improve that, and here is my current scene: With my latest trip recording 5,000 miles, my average MPG is 35. Vehicle MPG since owned: 32. IMPRESSIVE. So yes, Im sold. Very happy with the car so far, although I do sorely miss not driving a standard transmission. Best of luck, readers."

28 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Very Happy with My Purchase :)

By on Sunday, May 7, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Solid Residual Value, & Great Fuel Economy."

Cons: "No Security Tints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Living in New England, I wanted a vehicle that would be able to get me through all seasons safely, fuel efficiently, and comfortably, with no problems. I am 25 years old, a teacher, and have student loans. With a 1997 Honda Accord with 276,000 miles, I was in seek of an SUV that would be able to take on my life. I am very active - I run, bike, snowboard, and kayak. Not only that, but being a teacher, I have things (small and large) that need to be transported from my home to my classroom. With my Accord, I had a really tough time doing so. With my Outback, nothing but a piece of cake. Lets get on to the exterior of the car. So I went with the base 2.5i trim and I was super thrilled that the vehicle came standard with alloy wheels. This is great for New England because the salt cannot eat away at the steel! Not only that, but I was super glad that Subaru has AWD standard on every single one of their vehicles. Just one more thing I didnt have to worry about. For being a base model, it certainly is very attractive and looks very similar to its more luxurious trim level siblings. The interior of the vehicle is extremely spacious and with the Ivory interior cloth (which is extremely comfortable might I add) it brings in a ton of light, making it feel even bigger. The StarLink system works really well and the system connects automatically to my phone right when I start my car which is super convenient. I also really enjoy the heated seats! I dont know what I would do without them now! Another thing that I am super happy to report about the interior is how well thought out the steering wheel was. The wheel has no less controls than the higher trims and offers every button imaginable, from cruise control, to your audio controls. Super convenient as well. I think that the placement of all buttons and controls is pretty good for the most part. Overall, I absolutely love my Outback and would 100% purchase again."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

best car I have ever owned

By on Friday, June 30, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "price, electronics"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is MUCH more car for the money than I expected. The accessories, if bought separately, are what you would expect to pay far more for. The Eyesight package makes the vehicle an entirely different car and, while expensive, is well worth the money. The only negative is that the four cylinder engine is a bit noisy when accelerating -- especially when cold and during the Winter. But, I have been accustomed to driving a six cylinder car so shouldnt be expecting the same. The acceleration is adequate, though."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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