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|
2014 Subaru Outback$24,999 | 1,714 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$24,488 | 29,976 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$28,237 | 2,882 mi
2013 Subaru Outback$28,500 | 17,340 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$22,988 | 26,696 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$23,488 | 52,148 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$23,488 | 27,496 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$27,988 | 20,278 mi
2012 Subaru Outback$28,875 | 10,755 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$14,985 | 81,627 mi
2011 SUBARU OUTBACK$15,306 | 76,410 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$17,700 | 60,372 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$18,288 | 79,339 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$18,333 | 58,211 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$18,988 | 65,223 mi
2011 Subaru Outback$25,377 | 35,971 mi
2010 Subaru Outback$12,532 | 108,981 mi
2010 Subaru Outback$12,995 | 145,553 mi
2010 Subaru Outback$14,900 | 97,737 mi
2010 Subaru Outback$18,046 | 46,983 mi
2010 Subaru Outback$19,988 | 38,648 mi
2009 Subaru Outback$11,958 | 92,672 mi
2009 Subaru Outback$14,999 | 58,099 mi
2008 Subaru Outback$9,900 | 121,345 mi
2008 SUBARU OUTBACK$9,991 | 160,420 mi
2008 SUBARU OUTBACK$15,945 | 66,268 mi
2005 Subaru Outback$8,795 | 99,266 mi
2005 Subaru Outback$9,950 | 109,799 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