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About The Subaru Outback

FAQ

Is the Subaru Outback an SUV or a Wagon?

The Subaru Outback is a wagon. This means that that the Subaru Outback is built on a sedan platform, offering the same driving characteristics and passenger seating as a sedan, but with an amount of cargo space that is competitive with what you may find on many SUVs. Wagons such as the Subaru Outback are a great middle-ground between SUVs and sedans and are a good choice for drivers who are looking for some of the best features of both vehicle types.

Can a Subaru Outback Tow?

When equipped with a 3.6L DOHC aluminum-alloy 24-valve six-cylinder engine, the 2018 Subaru Outback has an estimated maximum towing capacity of 2,700 pounds when properly equipped.  

What Vehicles are Comparable to the Subaru Outback?

In addition to the Subaru Outback, there are plenty of other excellent wagons on the market to choose from as well. Other great wagons that we offer at CarMax which are comparable to the Subaru Outback include the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, the Audi Allroad, and the Volvo V60, just to name a few.

What is the Difference Between a Forrester and an Outback?

While the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forrester may look similar at first glance, there are some important differences between these two vehicles. The Subaru Outback features a longer wheelbase than the Forrester, making the Outback more closely resemble a traditional wagon whereas the Forrester is considered to be a compact SUV.

Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

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Vehicle Summary

Offering a spacious and comfortable interior, the Subaru Outback is a wagon that makes for an ideal family vehicle that is just as suited for short commutes as it is long road trips. Entering its sixth generation starting with the 2020 model, the Subaru Outback has seen plenty of exciting updates over the years. 

Today, the Outback is renowned for its class-leading cargo space, its wide range of useful technology features, and its eye-catching interior and exterior design. For those who are in the market for a classy, comfortable, and roomy wagon that delivers in most every category, the Subaru Outback certainly has plenty to offer - which contributes to the reasons why it is ranked as CarMax's best AWD vehicle of 2018 and 2019.

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Subaru Outback Trim Comparisons

2015 Subaru Outback Trim Levels

2.5i - The base trim of the 2015 Subaru Outback, the 2.5i trim features a 175 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a 6.2-in LCD touchscreen display, a four-speaker audio system, and more!

2.5i Premium - The 2.5i Premium trim of the 2015 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i trim as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-speaker audio system, heated front seats, a 7-in LCD touchscreen display, and more!

2.5i Limited - The 2.5i Limited trim of the 2015 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Premium trim as well as a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-position memory and power adjustable lumbar support, leather-trimmed upholstery, a premium 12-speaker audio system, and more!

3.6R Limited - The 3.6R Limited trim of the 2015 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

2016 Subaru Outback Trim Levels

2.5i - The base trim of the 2016 Subaru Outback, the 2.5i trim features a 175 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a 6.2-in LCD touchscreen display, auto on/off headlights, and more!

2.5i Premium - The 2.5i Premium trim of the 2016 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i trim as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a 7-in LCD touchscreen display, and more!

2.5i Limited - The 2.5i Limited trim of the 2016 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Premium trim as well as a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-position memory and power adjustable lumbar support, leather-trimmed upholstery, a premium 12-speaker audio system, and more!

3.6R Limited - The 3.6R Limited trim of the 2016 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

2017 Subaru Outback Trim Levels

2.5i - The base trim of the 2017 Subaru Outback, the 2.5i trim features a 175 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a 6.2-in touchscreen display, auto-on/off wiper-linked headlights, and more!

2.5i Premium - The 2.5i Premium trim of the 2017 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i trim as well as a 7-in touchscreen display, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more!

2.5i Limited - The 2.5i Limited trim of the 2017 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Premium trim as well as a power moonroof, a power rear gate with height memory functions, keyless access and push-button start, and more!

2.5i Touring - The 2.5i Touring trim of the 2017 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a heated steering wheel, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, Touring appearance upgrades, and more!

3.6R Limited - The 3.6R Limited trim of the 2017 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

3.6R Touring - The 3.6R Touring trim of the 2017 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Touring trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

2018 Subaru Outback Trim Levels

2.5i - The base trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback, the 2.5i trim features a 175 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a 6.5 in multimedia display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, roof rails with integrated and retractable cross bars and tie-downs, auto-on/off wiper-linked headlights, and more!

2.5i Premium - The 2.5i Premium trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i trim as well as a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power adjustable lumbar support, fog lights, an 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus with Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, heated front seats, and more!

2.5i Limited - The 2.5i Limited trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Premium trim as well as a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-position memory and power adjustable lumbar support, front- and rear-seat heat, keyless access and push-button start, and more!

2.5i Touring - The 2.5i Touring trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as LED steering responsive headlights, a woodgrain-patterned matte finish trim with silver accents, Touring appearance upgrades, and more!

3.6R Limited - The 3.6R Limited trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

3.6R Touring - The 3.6R Touring trim of the 2018 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Touring trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

2019 Subaru Outback Trim Levels

2.5i - The base trim of the 2019 Subaru Outback, the 2.5i trim features a 175 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a 6.5 in multimedia display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto, roof rails with integrated and retractable cross bars and tie-downs, cloth upholstery, and more!

2.5i Premium - The 2.5i Premium trim of the 2019 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i trim as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus with Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, heated front seats, and more!

2.5i Limited - The 2.5i Limited trim of the 2019 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Premium trim as well as leather-trimmed upholstery, front- and rear-seat heat, a premium 12-speaker audio system, and more!

2.5i Touring - The 2.5i Touring trim of the 2019 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a SUBARU STARLINK™ navigation system, a woodgrain-patterned matte finish trim with silver accents, Touring appearance upgrades, and more!

3.6R Limited - The 3.6R Limited trim of the 2019 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Limited trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

3.6R Touring - The 3.6R Touring trim of the 2019 Subaru Outback features everything found on the 2.5i Touring trim as well as a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder engine.

Reliability Research

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Subaru Outback an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks the Subaru Outback 19th out of 31 among Midsize SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Subaru Outback is $523, compared to an average of $475 for Midsize SUVs and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Subaru Outback owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.1 times per year, compared to an average of 1.1 times for Midsize SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 12% for the Subaru Outback, compared to an average of 12% for Midsize SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.

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Reviews for Subaru Outback

Overall Rating

4.7 out of 5 (137 reviews)

comfortable and versatile car

My husband retired recently, and we decided to trade in our two cars for one. Since I loved my 2013 Outback, and it is versatile for hauling loads a sedan couldn’t haul, we upgraded to a 2018 Outback. We find it almost as comfortable as my older model (darned lumbar support hits me in the wrong place), and we like some of the newer electronic features, especially blind spot detection and keyless entry and start. We don’t care much for the lane departure warning, but we’re learning to live with it. Overall it’s a great vehicle for us.

Pros

  • Visibility: This car, just as my 2013 Outback, has the best visibility of any car we’ve owned. The backup camera is super, but being able to turn your head and see almost all your surroundings is very reassuring.
  • Interior Space: The Outback has plenty of space to stretch out in for a long trip!
  • Ride and Handling: The ride on the road is smooth and handling is comfortable, actually better than that in my 2013 Outback.

Cons

  • Seat Comfort: I already mentioned the lumbar support being off for me, but when I put my sciatica cushion on the seat, the lumbar support is better. The backseat is nowhere near as comfortable as the front. We rarely haul other people, but I feel a little sorry for them when we do.
  • Styling: Face it, the Outback looks like a box on wheels. But we bought it for its safety features, its ride and handling, and for its hauling capability. A friend’s young child told me “You drive an old car.” Then her parents bought an Outback, and mine didn’t look so old to her anymore!
  • Fuel Economy: This is the first non-hybrid car my husband has bought in 10 years, so it doesn’t live up to his mileage standards. But I love the Outback, so he’s not really complaining.

- Ann Callahan, 2018 Subaru Outback

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