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2016 Subaru Outback

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2016 2.5i 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,995
2016 2.5i 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon (DISC) Price:   -  From $24,995
2016 2.5i Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,395
2016 2.5i Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon (DISC) Price:   -  From $27,395
2016 2.5i Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,395
2016 2.5i Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon (DISC) Price:   -  From $30,395
2016 3.6R Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,395
2016 3.6R Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon (DISC) Price:   -  From $33,395

Overview

Subaru’s sport-utility wagon has been attracting considerable attention in recent years, offering buyers something different than the usual crossover models. Though the ride is similar to a solidly-built station wagon, Outback’s raised ground clearance and off-road capabilities invite comparison to a small SUV. Totally redesigned for 2015, the Outback has standard all-wheel drive, like most Subaru models.

What's New for 2016

New Subaru Starlink Safety and Security features come in two packages: Safety Plus, and Safety Plus & Security Plus. EyeSight driver-assist technology adds Lane Keep Assist. New auto on/off mode operates wipers along with the headlights. Subaru says electric power steering has been returned for a more linear, natural feel.

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Choosing Your Subaru Outback

Lower trim levels have only one engine choice: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder “Boxer” that makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Subaru’s 3.6-liter six-cylinder, generating 256 horsepower, comes only with the top-end 3.6R Limited. Both engines mate with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that has a six-speed manual mode and paddle shifters, to make virtual gearchanges when desired. The available EyeSight system includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and the new Lane Keep Assist.

Fuel economy is estimated at 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway with the four-cylinder engine, but only 20/27 mpg (city/highway) with the six-cylinder.

Four trim levels are offered, but optional packages can add such features as a moonroof, power rear liftgate, blind-spot monitoring, navigation, EyeSight system, and keyless start to upper trims.

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2.5i

Fitted with a relatively modest number of standard amenities, the basic Legacy starts at $25,845 (including destination charge). Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist are standard. So are a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with CD player and USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone operation, air conditioning, projector-beam halogen headlights, and 17-inch steel wheels.

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2.5i Premium

Adding $2,400 to the base price, the Premium edition features dual-zone climate control, an All-Weather package, 10-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, seven-inch touchscreen display, electro-luminescent instrument panel, six-speaker audio system with SiriusXM capability, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Premium is the lowest trim level that can be fitted with various option packages.

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2.5i Limited

For $3,000 more than Premium, you get the most luxurious Outback, still with the thrifty four-cylinder engine. Standard fare includes perforated leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated rear seatbacks and cushions, a four-way power front passenger seat, rear air conditioner outlets, foglights, woodgrain interior trim, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The 12-speaker Harman Kardon Surround audio system has a 575-watt amplifier, and the power rear liftgate has a memory. Also standard are a blind-spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

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3.6R Limited

In addition to the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, for $3,000 above the 2.5i Limited, you get such features as high-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights, automatic height adjustment, and chrome dual-exhaust tips.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless saving money is paramount, it’s advisable to avoid the base 2.5i, which costs a little too much considering its modest standard-equipment list. Moving up to a 2.5i Premium costs only $2,400 more, and provides an appealing selection of features, appropriate to a vehicle of this kind. If that’s not sufficient, several available packages can be specified to add the items you need the most.

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Expert Review

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Outback continues into the 2016 model year better than ever, with a quieter cabin, more comfortable seating, and more premium features than most shoppers probably expect.

Pricing and Equipment

The Subaru Outback starts out at a reasonable $24,995 for the 2.5i trim level. This base model comes pretty well equipped with standard features including:

  • Projector low-beam headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Silver metallic trim
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • A Starlink 6.2-inch multimedia system with four speakers

Even more equipment is available on the Outback’s higher trim levels: the 2.5i Premium ($27,395) and 2.5i Limited ($30,395), and the performance-oriented 3.6R Limited ($33,395).

Performance Pros

  • The Outback can tow up to 3,000 pounds, even with the four-cylinder engine.
  • Standard all-wheel drive and plenty of ground clearance for off-the-beaten-path driving.

Performance Cons

  • We find the Outback a little sluggish off the line, even with the six-cylinder engine, which is easily trimped by turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the industry today.
  • We'd love to see the true performance model we know Subaru can build.

Interior Pros

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The Outback’s interior is surprisingly well laid out for such a rugged vehicle. What’s more, its seating room is ample, and the front seats are plenty comfortable.

  • A peaceful cabin thanks to last year's revisions.
  • Plenty of room to seat three across the rear bench.
  • The low cargo floor makes loading and unloading easier.

Interior Cons

The Outback’s cabin is great, but there are some minor issues, like its limited rear-seat legroom, and a bouncy ride over not-so-rugged terrain.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

For such a rugged vehicle, the Outback is surprisingly quiet. This is accomplished with thicker floor panels, lower firewall, wheel aprons, and inner fenders; also helping out is the acoustic windshield and liquid-filled engine mounts.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine leaves us wanting more. It feels dated, and Subaru’s existing turbocharged four-cylinders deliver more torque with a flatter curve. We think it’s time to drop the six-pot for a boosted four-cylinder.

The Bottom Line

Subaru Outback

The Outback is the ultimate combination of SUV and wagon, as its 8.7 inches of ground clearance is plenty, its cargo area is large and easily accessible, and it handles more like a sedan than a crossover. What’s more, its low base price makes it attainable for most buyers.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 175 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Lineartronic 6-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 33 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 175 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 33 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
73.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
189.6 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
66.1 "
Front Headroom
40.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.9 "
Front Legroom
42.9 "
Rear Legroom
38.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,593 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
4 / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

Used 2016 Subaru Outback for Sale

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2.5i Limited
Color: Ice Silver Metallic
Price

$14,998

Mileage

123,810 mi

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Color: Ice Silver Metallic
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$18,561

Mileage

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