2012 Subaru Outback: Video Road Test and Review

The Subaru Outback is a four door five passenger sport utility wagon that is based on the best selling Legacy sedan, with more ground clearance (8.7 inches to be exact) and additional cargo capacity and of course Subaru’s symmetrical all wheel drive system; being powered by either a 30 MPG horizontally opposed four banger or a 256 HP flat six being channeled through an optional continuously variable transmission.  The Japanese automaker offers the Outback in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited.

The entry level Subaru Outback 2.5i is motivated by a 2.5 Liter boxer four cylinder that pumps out 170 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque being sent to all four wheels via a six speed manual or an optional Lineartronic CVT that is good for up to 22 MPG in the city and as much as 29 MPG on the highway.  The 2.5i rides on a set of 16 inch wheels (with 17s available as an option), projector low beam headlights and optional fog lights, black side mirrors and body colored door handles on the outside.  Meanwhile the interior is made up of cloth seating with a six way manually adjustable driver’s bucket with optional heat, reclining 60/40 split rear seats and silver metallic trim pieces.  Audio duties for the $23,295 Outback 2.5i are handled by a four speaker stereo complete with in dash single CD player and auxiliary input jacks for mobile media devices as well as optional XM Sirius Satellite radio.

The next step up is the Outback 2.5i Premium which comes with an optional CVT gearbox, 17 inch wheels, fog lights and color matching side mirrors standard; while the optional all weather package includes a windshield wiper deicer as well as heated side mirrors and seats.  On the inside the $24,795 Outback gets a 10 way power adjustable driver’s seat and a manually adjustable passenger bucket as well as one touch power driver’s window and a leather wrapped three spoke steering wheel.  Audio is handled by a six speaker premium stereo while a optional premium nine speaker Harman Kardon sound system is available as well.  Another standard upgrade to the Outback Premium is a retractable/removable cargo area cover, while the power moonroof package and rear view camera are available as options.  The top of the line four cylinder powered Outback is the 2.5i Limited that comes with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT standard.  The Limited edition also comes with a front underguard for going off the beaten path as well as the all weather package standard.  On the inside, the $28,695 Outback 2.5i Limited gets leather wrapped power adjustable front row seating, woodgrain pattern interior trim, dual zone automatic climate control and the Harman Kardon premium sound system with XM Satellite Radio standard.  There is also an optional navigation package that consists of a voice activated eight inch high resolution touch screen display with GPS navigation as well as Bluetooth hand free telephone connectivity and wireless audio streaming.

The first of the more powerful models is the Subaru Outback 3.6R, and it is driven by a 3.6 Liter flat six that produces 256 HP and 247 lb-ft sending power to all four wheels via a five speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and is good for an estimated 18 MPG in the city and as much as 25 MPG in the city.  The Outback 3.6R rides on a set of 17 inch wheels housing a slightly larger brake package than the four cylinder as well as standard fog lamps and body colored folding side mirrors.  On the inside, the $28,295 3.6R gets cloth upholstery, a six way manually adjustable drivers seat and a reclining 60/40 split rear bench.  Wile silver metallic trim dresses up the interior and a four speaker stereo with auxiliary inputs to keep occupants entertained.  The next step up is the $29,495 3.6R Premium, which includes the all weather package as well as a leather wrapped steering wheel and 10 way power adjustable heated driver’s seat.  Audio is handled by the standard six speaker stereo while the premium nine speaker Harman Kardon audio system is available as an option.  The power moonroof package and rear view camera are also available as well.  The top of the line Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited gets leather wrapped power adjustable front buckets woodgrain pattern trim and dual zone automatic climate control as well as the standard Harman Kardon premium sound system with XM Satellite Radio.  Optional equipment for the $31,695 Outback 3.6R Limited includes the navigation package which consists of a voice activated eight inch high resolution touch screen display with GPS navigation as well as Bluetooth hand free telephone connectivity and wireless audio streaming.

A list of cars similar to the Outback include the 2012 Acura TSX Sportwagon, 2012 Toyota Venza and 2012 Honda Crosstour.

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