2022 Subaru Outback

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 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
8

The Outback is the perfect choice for a lot of people, especially if they find themselves off the beaten path. The latest generation brings upgraded tech, a quieter, higher quality interior, improved driving dynamics, a turbocharged engine option and the extra-capable Wilderness.

Industry
8
The Subaru Outback was already the go-to choice for those who need a vehicle for going on adventures off the beaten path, but want something other than an SUV. Or, perhaps, those who actually see the practical advantages of a wagon over a similarly priced midsize SUV (lower roof for mounting things on racks, larger back seat). That it has more ground clearance than the typical SUV helps its case, too. Ah, but it obviously wasn't enough for some. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness debuts this year as an answer for all those current owners who have been lifting their Outbacks even higher, putting on rugged tires and lamenting the novel swing-in roof rails aren't strong enough for all uses. The Wilderness does that from the factory and looks extra cool to boot. Should you live in an area where Outbacks are popular, it'll be like driving an AMG Mercedes … people will notice and acknowledge you have the cool one. All the others are still pretty great, though, as every 2022 Outback continues to be a great family vehicle choice regardless of how far off the beaten path you're going to go. It's wildly spacious and versatility, well-made and well-equipped, reasonably efficient and competitively priced. Even if it's a wagon, we still placed it among our list of best SUVs of 2022. It may not be one technically, but it does the same job, if a little better at times.  What's new for 2022? The Outback Wilderness is a new addition to the Outback family for 2022 (there's also a Forester Wilderness). It basically takes an Onyx XT trim and adds 0.8 inch of ground clearance, Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires, special black wheels, a matching full-size spare, ladder-type fixed roof rails, hexagonal LED foglights, different bumpers and fender flares, bronze color accents inside and out, and special X-Mode calibration. Elsewhere in the lineup, the base Outback gains standard fog lights and the Premium trim level gets back seat air vents. What are the Outback interior and in-car technology like? Nearly every 2021 Outback comes with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen (and even that lone exception comes with a pair of 7-inch units, pictured above right). Its functionality isn't flawless, as the audio controls when using Apple CarPlay are compromised, and the colorful graphics are a bit cartoonish and have an aftermarket look to them. Still, it's generally easy to use, read and reach. Feature content is excellent as well (see pricing and features section below). Unfortunately, typical for Subaru, stereo sound quality is poor. In terms of design, we can't say the interior is especially attractive, but materials quality is stronger than it was in the past. The buttons and switches have a high-quality feel to them, while even the base trim gets simulated leather stitched together on the dash, doors and center console. There's also a welcome injection of color found in the Onyx Edition (gray and black "StarTex" vinyl accented in electric green), the new Wilderness (textured "StarTex" upholstery …
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The Subaru Outback was already the go-to choice for those who need a vehicle for going on adventures off the beaten path, but want something other than an SUV. Or, perhaps, those who actually see the practical advantages of a wagon over a similarly priced midsize SUV (lower roof for mounting things on racks, larger back seat). That it has more ground clearance than the typical SUV helps its case, too. Ah, but it obviously wasn't enough for some. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness debuts this year as an answer for all those current owners who have been lifting their Outbacks even higher, putting on rugged tires and lamenting the novel swing-in roof rails aren't strong enough for all uses. The Wilderness does that from the factory and looks extra cool to boot. Should you live in an area where Outbacks are popular, it'll be like driving an AMG Mercedes … people will notice and acknowledge you have the cool one. All the others are still pretty great, though, as every 2022 Outback continues to be a great family vehicle choice regardless of how far off the beaten path you're going to go. It's wildly spacious and versatility, well-made and well-equipped, reasonably efficient and competitively priced. Even if it's a wagon, we still placed it among our list of best SUVs of 2022. It may not be one technically, but it does the same job, if a little better at times.  What's new for 2022? The Outback Wilderness is a new addition to the Outback family for 2022 (there's also a Forester Wilderness). It basically takes an Onyx XT trim and adds 0.8 inch of ground clearance, Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires, special black wheels, a matching full-size spare, ladder-type fixed roof rails, hexagonal LED foglights, different bumpers and fender flares, bronze color accents inside and out, and special X-Mode calibration. Elsewhere in the lineup, the base Outback gains standard fog lights and the Premium trim level gets back seat air vents. What are the Outback interior and in-car technology like? Nearly every 2021 Outback comes with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen (and even that lone exception comes with a pair of 7-inch units, pictured above right). Its functionality isn't flawless, as the audio controls when using Apple CarPlay are compromised, and the colorful graphics are a bit cartoonish and have an aftermarket look to them. Still, it's generally easy to use, read and reach. Feature content is excellent as well (see pricing and features section below). Unfortunately, typical for Subaru, stereo sound quality is poor. In terms of design, we can't say the interior is especially attractive, but materials quality is stronger than it was in the past. The buttons and switches have a high-quality feel to them, while even the base trim gets simulated leather stitched together on the dash, doors and center console. There's also a welcome injection of color found in the Onyx Edition (gray and black "StarTex" vinyl accented in electric green), the new Wilderness (textured "StarTex" upholstery …
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Retail Price

$27,645 - $40,645 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 2.4L H-4, 2.5L H-4
MPG Up to 26 city / 33 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission Lineartronic 8-spd CVT w/OD
Power 182 - 260 hp
Drivetrain all wheel
Curb Weight 3,637 - 3,937 lbs
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