Subaru Outback 2022
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE27 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2387 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
To excel in a world that favors crossovers, Subaru's venerable Outback station wagon has thrived by mimicking the trappings of SUV style while continuing to offer the practicality and road manners of a conventional station wagon. It even earns a spot on our 2022 Editors' Choice list. Its raised suspension and plastic body cladding scream "active lifestyle" but from behind the wheel it delivers a more carlike feel. Buyers can choose from either a turbocharged or non-turbo four-cylinder engine, both with standard with all-wheel drive. A beefy roof rack offers a handy place for bikes or a kayak without the extra-tall stance of an SUV, which enables easier loading and unloading. The Outback formula has proven so successful over the years that even luxury automakers have given it a try: the Outback's closest rivals include the Audi A4 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country, both of which start nearly $20,000 higher.
What's New for 2022?
The Outback lineup gains an even more rugged Wilderness model for 2022, which boasts extra ground clearance, an upgraded suspension, Yokohama all-terrain tires, and a host of styling enhancements to help broadcast its brawnier image. The Wilderness model also comes standard with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a roof rack capable of supporting up to 700 pounds, and water-repellant interior upholstery.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the Premium model has the best complement of standard and optional features for the price. While it's only available with the standard 182-hp four-cylinder, upgrading to the turbocharged 260-hp engine costs at least $6000. We don't think the turbo's improved acceleration and 800 pounds of extra towing capacity are worth the money. Instead, the Outback Premium comes standard with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, more USB ports, and options that aren't offered on the base model. Among those, we'd opt for the more affordable package that adds blind-spot monitoring, a hands-free power liftgate, and passive entry with push-button start.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
All Outback models come standard with the company's EyeSight suite of driver-assistance technology. For more information about the Outback's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Subaru provides a competitive—albeit unremarkable—limited and powertrain warranty. It also doesn't include any complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance