Travel back in Subaru’s history and you’ll discover that the Outback began in 1995 as a premium trim level for a Legacy wagon. The following year it began acquiring characteristic features we’ve come to expect—like a raised suspension.
Now in its fifth generation, the Outback pleases buyers by splitting the difference between a wagon and an SUV. It offers a choice between four- and six-cylinder engines, and Subaru has made shifting choices easy by offering only one: a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddles that control a six-speed manual mode. All-wheel drive is standard on all Outbacks.