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About the 2016 Subaru Outback

Vehicle Summary

If you need a crossover for a single, couple or small family that is a little more rugged than a typical wagon but without the higher fuel consumption, the 2016 Subaru Outback may be a good selection to consider. Unlike gas-guzzling SUVs that have downsized, the Outback has remained a constant fixture, even as wagons were going out of style, and its all-wheel drive capability makes it an easy step up from its wagon origins to its current status as a crossover. With an EPA estimate of 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an EPA estimate of 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined for the 3.6L six-cylinder engine, this crossover can get you where you want to be.1 Capable of towing a respectable 3,000 pounds at 200 pounds of tongue weight when properly equipped, the Outback can not only get you where you're going, but get your stuff there as well.2

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1 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

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


Q: What are the different types of 2016 Subaru Outback?

A: The 2016 Subaru Outback is available in four trim levels, the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium, the 2.5i Limited and the 3.6R Limited. The first three share the same 175 hp 2.5L four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine, while the 3.6R features a 256 hp 3.6L six-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine. The 2.5i is the base model, the 2.5i Premium a mid-range trim and the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited being very similar top-of-the-line models, with the exception of their engines.

Q: How many people can the 2016 Subaru Outback hold?

A: The midsize crossover category of vehicle types seems to be solidly split between those that have a third-row seat and those that do not. The 2016 Subaru Outback does not, so with two bucket seats in the front and a rear 60/40 reclining split rear seat, it has a total capacity of five people, with the recent generation's upgrade to a crossover ensures plenty of room for everyone.

Q: Is the 2016 Subaru Outback a rear-wheel drive vehicle?

A: Though many midsize crossovers come with rear-wheel drive and require an upgrade for all-wheel or four-wheel drive, the 2016 Subaru Outback's position at the smaller end of the crossover spectrum and its reputation for good handling in rough conditions means that the crossover wagon comes with standard all-wheel drive, which gives you the traction you need to get out of bad weather and through tough terrain.

Q: What are some common features on the 2016 Subaru Outback?

A: The 2016 Subaru Outback has a wide range of standard and available features to make your drive more comfortable. Standard features across all trims include all-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes (when purchased new), 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat and welcome light when approaching or departing the vehicle. Available features include heated front and rear seats, remote start, fog lights, power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control.3

3 Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smart phone. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.

Generation Overview

Previewed as a concept car at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the fifth generation of the Subaru Outback made further strides in styling away from the Legacy, and officially entered the crossover class. With a larger body and wheelbase than prior generations, a larger 3.6L six-cylinder engine and more aggressive styling, the Outback's fifth generation passed on the typical mid-generation facelift to swap out with the sixth generation at the 2020 model year.

Safety Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's independent crash tests help you make informed decisions about vehicle safety. NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings give consumers insights into how vehicles perform in crash tests, with more stars equaling higher safety ratings. Here are the ratings for the 2016 Subaru Outback. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Visit to look up a specific vehicle.

NHTSA Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.
Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side
Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.
Rear Passenger
Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Crash Ratings: Test data is combined to indicate overall safety by passenger location.
Front Seat
Back Seat
Rollover Resistance Test: A single vehicle moving at 55 mph loses control on a curve, leaves the road, and rolls over.
Rollover Rating
Dynamic Test Result
No Tip
Risk of Rollover


Overall Rating

5.0 out of 5 (1 review)

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