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Subaru's new-for-2010 Outback ought to silence a few critics who contend that all-wheel drive sucks up too much fuel to be a worthwhile purchase for most consumers. According to the Japanese automaker, the tip-toe all-weather wagon has studied up for the EPA test, netting 29 miles-per-gallon on the highway. That's smaller front-driver territory from many automakers, albeit with a big dash of Subaru load-lugging capacity.

The good table manners are delivered by the combination of the new Lineartronic CVT and 170 horsepower 2.5 liter boxer four. Subaru's EPA numbers for the 2010 Outback are tops for such a roomy wagon, besting the typical SUV competitors, as well as the higher-end AWD wagons offered by Audi and Volvo. The $23,000 price of entry is attractive, too, although given our recent experience with the 2010 Legacy upon which it is based, we don't imagine it being a terribly spirited drive when so-configured. Even still, for all those bloviators who keep calling for a good-sized wagon that returns reasonable fuel economy for a sensible price, here's your car wagon thing. Official press release after the jump.

[Source: Subaru]


Subaru of America, Inc. Announces EPA Figures for 2010 Outback


- Subaru Outback Wagon Achieves 29 mpg Hwy -

- Offers Better Fuel Economy Than Many Front-Wheel Drive Competitors -

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced the EPA fuel economy results for the all-new 2010MY Outback. The 2010 All-Wheel Drive Subaru Outback achieves up to 24 mpg combined and 29 mpg highway, even while interior volume is up over 7-percent.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080325/SUBARULOGO )

Specifically the Outback 2.5i CVT now exhibits better fuel economy (EPA combined) than such competitors as the Toyota Venza, Volvo XC70, VW Passat, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer. The 2010 Subaru Outback now scores better on EPA fuel economy than the much smaller Suzuki SX-4 AWD and has significantly more power coming from its 170HP 2.5L 4-cylinder Boxer engine.

"The all-new 2010 Subaru Outback combines great on- and off-road capability, comfortable space, incredible cargo carrying ability and fuel economy all for a great price," said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and CMO of Subaru of America, Inc. "We think this new Outback will really raise the bar in the crossover segment."

With its unique Boxer engine, segment-leading 8.7 inches of ground clearance, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and fold-away roof rack crossbars, the all-new Subaru Outback has an entry-level price of $22,995 (excluding destination and delivery). The Outback provides an alternative for customers looking for more room than a midsize sedan and features the off-road capabilities of an SUV, with the fuel economy of a small car.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit http://www.subaru.com/.

2010MY EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Outback 2.5i 6MT 19 mpg city / 22 mpg combined / 27 mpg hwy

Outback 2.5i CVT 22 mpg city / 24 mpg combined / 29 mpg hwy

Outback 3.6R 5AT 18 mpg city / 20 mpg combined / 25 mpg hwy

SOURCE: Subaru of America, Inc.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      29mpg? with awd? and a 2.5l with 170hp? Awesome. Makes the jetta sportwagen seem even fatter. Good jub subie. Keep up the good work and we'll keep seeing those great sales figures. I can excuse the akward styling with that combo of awd, performance, and fuel economy at 23k
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a good thing that most of the time I'd only be looking out from that really nice interior. The exterior design is very unfortunate, particularly the frond end. blah.

      Overall it's a nice car though. Nobody ever expects much design-wise from Subaru.

      Good Work here, especially the MPG figure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what's the deal with the sixth manual gear? Does it have no impact on the fuel efficiency testing since it's mainly a highway gear?

      Regardless, I'm loving that it's there for high-rpm-free road trips if I end up with another.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congrats Subaru, your redesigned Outlook now looks like an ugly Volvo XC70 wagon (especially from the front). Look a the lower front section. The fog light area is a virtually a direct copy of the XC70 lower front area.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course the current Legacy diesel does 48.7mpg (40.5 mpg US) ... It's 'only' 148bhp, but in real world driving it's torque that counts, and being a diesel it has loads - 258 lb/ft.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they build them better then 2002 I turned on back in because it rapped for 30 miles when it started upand was told it was the way it was supposed to. be.I won,t buy SUBARU again
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I turned on back in because it rapped for 30 miles"

        Could be worse, my 2004 Forester yelled "Flava Flaaaave!" every other mile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it's a reference to the sound of the boxer engine?
        • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh.. that FAKE ass wood is bad. Really bad. Like, way worse than Chrysler or Buick. The mid-cycle refresh on this model might get good, and if they ever made another GT, I might sell the Saab and BMW for one Subaru. As it is now, Sebring lights, Escape rocker panels, Town & Country interior wood, but Subaru engineering. I guess that's what counts. At least it's got framed side windows now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really unfortunate what they've done to the exterior. I might have to hold on to our '08....forever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "netting 29 miles-per-gallon on the highway. That's smaller front-driver territory from many automakers"

      Or 306 HP RWD Camaro territory...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not aware that the 3.6L V6 had cylinder deactivation.

        The V8 in the Camaro does(when equipped with the automatic).

        I apologize if I'm incorrect, but I do not recall DoD(or any other nomenclature) being mentioned anywhere in any stories I've read about the V6 Camaro

        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Holden Miecranc

        Oh, I had no idea you wouldn't be paying the full $30k list price. Even so I suppose the Prius or Jetta TDI would be a more valid option. Both achieve better mileage, cost less used and have the same or greater luggage capacity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        First of all, my point was that you need to own a "smaller front driver", as the article alluded, to get 29MPG. Obviously there are proprietary perks that the Camaro and Subie have that disallow for a direct apples to apples comparison. The Camaro doesn't have the cargo capacity or the AWD of the Subie and the Outback doesn't have 306HP nor can it turn a 14.5 in the 1/4, not to mention the intrinsic appeal of heritage styling. GM's DOD works just fine. One of our company trucks is an '09 Quad Cab that consistently returns 22-23 Hwy. Our salesmen drive Impalas with the 3.9 DOD which get 33-34 Hwy. We monitor our fuel mileage every tank so we can track not only how the car is performing, but also to see who's driving aggressively when covered by the company insurance.

        People need to relax and be happy that consumers have the choice of a Camaro or an Outback and can get 29MPG either way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Holden, yeah I know how Chevrolet cylinder shut off technology works, in real life driving it is nowhere close to the claimed MPGs, especially the city. I have a 2007 Tahoe and that car doesn't get anywhere near the claimed city/highway mileage and I don't even drive it aggressive. It's all just a bunch of marketing crap or just drive like a grandma.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ d4rez
        The 3.9 is a V6, not a V8. We purchase low mileage used Impala LT2's for our sales people for about $16,000. Their maintenance costs are extremely low. They get very good highway gas mileage. Explain how the mileage of the 335d would offset the initial purchase price, not mention the increased insurance cost?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @cmonkey: Nevertheless, the 306 hp is still available to you when you put your foot down. The Outback won't give 29 mpg if you keep it floored, either, and all it offers is 170 hp. Oh, and a bit more cargo volume and rough-road/light-off-road capability than the Camaro, too, Holden. It's not apples-to-apples.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Impala actually has about 30% more cargo capacity than the Prius (18.6 vs 14.4 cu ft). That differential further increased courtesy of the Impala's fold flat rear seats, which allow for more cargo inside the passenger compartment which is about 6" wider inside than the Prius. Factor in the $8,000 or so savings on the initial purchase and it becomes a financial no brainer. The Jetta has a little more cargo room than the Prius (16 cu. ft.), but lacks the interior cargo capacity as well. The Impala is not a great car, but for utilitarian use, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Y'all can't be looking at the same car I'm looking at -- I think the new Outback is stunning. Sign me up! Subaru could choose much worse cars to take style tips from than the XC70.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Boxer Diesel?
      Will Subie offer the diesel in North America?
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