The Subaru Outback has always been something different in the marketplace: a wagon with credible off-road performance. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Subaru can take you on adventures that only a handful of other passenger cars can manage.
A few years back, the Outback grew into a true midsize wagon with ample room for five passengers and cargo space on par with many crossovers. While handling isn't as sprightly as it once was, the current model is more in line with the needs of most consumers. The Outback doesn't feel like a niche player anymore, but a mainstream vehicle for active families and couples who appreciate the ability to leave the road when the occasion arises. It's not to be confused with a trail-rated 4x4, but has no problem bouncing around camp grounds, beaches and dirt roads.Read more »
The Outback 2.5i is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 173 horsepower, matched to a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Standard equipment includes all-wheel drive, 16-inch steel wheels, a roof rack with fold-out crossbars, power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, reclining and split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth compatibility, and a four-speaker sound system with CD, iPod/USB connectivity, and an auxiliary audio input.
The 2.5i Premium carries an upgraded sound system with an LCD display, HD and Satellite radio, Bluetooth integration and six speakers. Also standard is Subaru's All Weather Package that includes a windshield wiper de-icer and heated mirrors and front seats. Other equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear privacy glass, a power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a cargo area cover. The available Power Moonroof Package comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and backup camera. Buyers can also opt for navigation and EyeSight, though they cannot be ordered on the same car.
The Limited takes all the standard equipment found on the Premium and adds leather seating, wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power passenger seat, upgraded gauges, and a Harman Kardon sound system. EyeSight, the Power Moonroof Package, and navigation continue as options.
To top off the Limited, Subaru offers the Special Appearance Package with saddle brown perforated leather seating, matte-finish wood trim, a rear bumper cover, and gray accents on the grille, wheels and sideview mirrors (the latter with integrated turn signals). The package also includes EyeSight, keyless access and starting, navigation, and driver seat memory.
The 3.6R Limited shares its equipment and options with the 2.5i Limited with the exception of its drivetrain. A 3.6-liter liter V6 with standard CVT transmission is used here for swifter performance and enhanced towing ability. The 256-horsepower V6 provides acceleration on par with compact luxury crossovers and extra muscle for hauling gear.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Subaru Outback$24,291 | 23,301 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$24,391 | 21,411 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$24,988 | 15,787 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$25,988 | 14,016 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$28,988 | 11,476 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$28,988 | 12,731 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$28,988 | 10,426 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$28,995 | 16,867 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$35,373 | no mileage
2012 Subaru Outback$22,969 | 18,383 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$22,995 | 26,669 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$25,985 | 50,331 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$24,888 | 57,098 mi
2009 Subaru Outback$15,995 | 77,258 mi
2008 Subaru Outback$15,995 | 65,736 mi
2008 Subaru Outback$15,995 | 70,922 mi
2008 Subaru Outback$17,995 | 80,488 mi
2007 Subaru Outback$14,995 | 64,225 mi
2006 Subaru Outback$12,995 | 87,881 mi
2006 Subaru Outback$17,999 | 52,296 mi
2005 SUBARU OUTBACK$10,775 | 103,451 mi
2005 Subaru Legacy Wagon$10,991 | 97,221 mi
2005 Subaru Outback$13,865 | 89,157 mi
2005 Subaru Outback$17,495 | 62,411 mi
2004 Subaru Outback$6,441 | no mileage
2003 Subaru Outback$5,999 | 168,342 mi
2003 Subaru Outback$8,888 | 116,284 mi
2002 Subaru Outback$7,495 | 121,030 mi
Spacious and efficient, though not intended to leave the pavement
Superior power and refinement, substantially more expensive
Plush and capable, but all-wheel drive adds to already-stiff price
Huge interior, generously equipped, but not designed for off-road use