2016 Subaru Outback

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Subaru Outback highlights

Customer rating


  • Thrifty performance
  • Cargo space is generous
  • Many available driver-assistance features


  • Slow acceleration with base engine
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • No smartphone integration

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 22 combined

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All Subaru Outback years

What is new for the 2016 Subaru Outback?

  • The Outback is available in a variety of new trims, including the 2.5I, 2.5I Limited, and 2.5I Premium.
  • The Base, Limited, and Premium trims have been discontinued for 2016.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Subaru Outback

1. Standard all-wheel drive

The 2016 Subaru Outback comes standard with full-time all-wheel drive at all trim levels, which can provide better traction and stability during inclement weather or on slick roads. All Outbacks also have a driver-selectable X-MODE® setting that adjusts throttle sensitivity, the transmission settings, and traction control to all make it even more capable in slippery road conditions.

2. Large cargo capacity

The Outback has a spacious cargo area, making it a good choice for people with lots of gear or luggage to haul. The 2016 Subaru Outback has 35.5 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats (approximately four large upright suitcases), and 73.3 cu-ft with the rear seats folded flat. That's large enough to move a twin mattress, box springs, and headboard, or enough hiking and camping gear for two people for an entire week.

3. Excellent ground clearance

Ground clearance is for more than just deep woods off-roading. Poorly maintained roads and unexpected curbs can take a bite out of the bodywork if your ground clearance is too low. The 2016 Outback has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, making it easier to traverse deep ruts on the path, or incredibly deep potholes in rough parking lots.

4. Fewer stops for fuel

If you want to reduce how much time you spend at the gas station, the Outback can help you out there. The 2016 Outback has two engine options that will minimize your time gassing up. The standard 2.5L flat-four has 175 horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.

The optional 3.6L flat-six engine delivers 256 hp and achieves an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined, which is competitive with many 6-cylinder powered crossovers, such as the Ford Edge.

5. Comfortable ride

The 2016 Outback has a smooth and comfortable ride, thanks in part to its long wheelbase and competent suspension, which absorbs road imperfections before you can feel them. The Outback is also quiet, with only muted road and wind noise at highway speeds. You can take long road trips without arriving drained, and daily commutes offer a quiet reprieve from a stressful day, or a perfect place to blast your favorite tunes.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Subaru Outback is a great car for the working professional with an adventurous side. The car is perfect for a working professional with all the space and luxury of a car but is also great for camping and going off road with the dogs. The car is perfect for a working professional with an adventurous side.
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 Subaru Outback 10th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Subaru Outback features and specs

2.5I 4WD/AWD 4D Wagon

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 42.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 40.8"/R 38.9"

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Max towing capacity

270/2700 lbs.



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