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2016 Subaru Outback Preview

Pros: The Subaru Outback is the ultimate and rugged off-roader for the city-dweller. As at home in the woods as it is in the town square, the Outback has gobs of pros going for it, namely: symmetrical all-time AWD. 

Cons: A fully loaded Outback can get quite pricy, but you’ll want to add the gadgets and gizmos as well as the 3.6L engine. 

2016 Subaru Outback Price and Fuel Economy: With no less than nine versions of the 2016 Subaru Outback available, pricing ranges a great deal. There truly is an Outback for every budget and all needs. Starting at $27,995 sits the Outback 2.5i that provides all the standard equipment you’d hope to find in a vehicle (power windows/locks, available satellite radio, Bluetooth, standard manual transmission, and of course Subaru’s all-time AWD). 

And at the top of the pack sits the Outback 3.6R with a Limited Package and optional Technology Package as well that starts at $40,195 (this one is equipped with the nines including Subaru’s EyeSight safety system). 

In terms of fuel economy, the 2016 Subaru Outback will 9.3L/100km in the city and 7.1L/100km on the highway with the 2.5L engine and the automatic transmission. Opt for the manual and those numbers change to 11L/100km in the city and 8.2L/100km on the highway. Bump up to the 3.6L mill and you’re looking at 12L/100km in the city and 8.6L/100km on the highway (and that engine only comes paired with the automatic transmission). 

Powertrain:  Speaking of engines and transmissions, as you read above, there are two of each available for the 2016 Subaru Outback. 

The first is a 2.5L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER mill that produces 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Then there’s the 3.6L 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine that’s good for 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. 

Power is sent to all four wheels at all times, and there are two variations of CVT available; a hight-torque Lineatronic CVT unit for the 3.6R models, and a regular CVT for the 2.5i. Then there’s also the 6-speed manual transmission that’s standard on two of the 2.5i models. 

The 2016 Subaru Outback also comes equipped with X-Mode which makes off-roading even more thrilling and easier to do by controlling the engine, AWD and braking system while you head off the beaten path. 

Changes and Improvements: No major changes or improvements were made to the 2016 Subaru Outback save for some aesthetic upgrades for the exterior that maintain the vehicles rugged, off-road appeal. 

Cargo Capacity: With seating for five, the 2016 Subaru Outback offers up 1,005 litres of cargo space with all the seats up. Fold those rear seats down and the cargo space jumps to 2,075 litres. That’s lots of space for all your adventure gear. 

Safety: The 2016 Subaru Outback comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as Subaru’s available EyeSight safety system that includes pre-collision braking/brake assist/throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lead vehicle stay alert, available steering-responsive fog lights, traction control, vehicle dynamics control system, and available X-Mode with hill descent control (only on CVT models). 

Comparing the 2016 Subaru Outback: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Nissan Murano.