Subaru introduced the sixth generation of its Outback mid-size crossover in 2020. This popular utility vehicle makes no bones about the fact that it started out as a car: in a past life, the Outback was a variant of a now defunct station wagon; these days, the Legacy sedan is the Outback’s closest relative.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, Subaru introduces a new Wilderness trim level that replaces last year’s Outdoor model. The Outback Wilderness boasts more ground clearance, long-travel suspension, a more capable AWD system, skid plates, a front-view camera, and a matte back hood decal.
Other 2022 news includes a heated steering wheel for the base model; and Limited trim gains the DriverFocus driver distraction system.
Subaru offers the Outback in Convenience, Touring, Limited, Premier, and Wilderness trim levels. All but Wilderness start with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and standard AWD. Wilderness gets a 2.4L turbocharged engine that is also optional in Limited and Premier trim levels.
Convenience trim’s exterior comes wearing 17-inch wheels and tires, LED taillights/fog lights/headlights, steering-responsive headlights, a backup camera washer, and power-adjustable/heated side mirrors.
Inside, Outback Convenience comes with a 7.0-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a four-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, and heated front seats and leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Convenience trim’s safety package consists of the EyeSight suite, comprising adaptive cruise, lane centering/lane keep assist, and forward collision warning and automatic braking.
Touring brings a windshield wiper de-icer, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone A/C, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hands-free power tailgate, auto-dimming side mirrors, integrated garage door remote, rear collision detection with automatic braking, passive keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Limited adds 18-inch wheels, navigation, a 12-speaker sound system, leather seating, and driver distraction mitigation.
Premier gains power-folding side mirrors, a CD player, Nappa leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats.
Wilderness gets a taller suspension with extra ground clearance; skid plates to protect the engine, transmission, and rear differential; 17-inch all-terrain tires; six-speaker stereo; all-weather seating material; and a variety of cosmetic touches inside and out.
Subaru’s fuel consumption estimates for the Outback are 9.0/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.5L engine; and 10.1/7.9 for the turbocharged engine in Limited and Premier trims. In the Outback Wilderness, the turbo motor is rated for 10.9/8.9 L/100 km (city/highway).