Crossovers are among the most family-friendly vehicles on the market, but for drivers who want to stand out a little more, the 2017 Subaru Outback is the perfect choice.
The Outback combines a roomy interior with the ruggedness of a crossover and the styling of a traditional station wagon to create the Sport Utility Wagon – the ultimate family car that is comfortable, versatile and rugged.
New for 2017, the Subaru Outback gets some added luxury and style with the range-topping Touring trim level. Setting the 2017 Subaru Outback Touring apart is a new exterior color, Brilliant Brown, which is a perfect accent to the new Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery standard on all Outback Touring cars. The interior is also spiced up with contrasting white stitching and a mixture of high-end trim like wood grain and piano black pieces. Finally, the 2017 Subaru Outback Touring comes standard with a heated steering wheel and the Subaru STARLINK™ Multimedia Navigation system featuring a seven-inch touch screen display and voice-activated controls. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking are standard on Limited and Touring models as well.
The starting trim level for the 2017 Outback is the 2.5i priced at $25,645, while the 2.5i Premium adds more content and a $27,695 starting price. The Outback 2.5i Limited is priced starting at $32,390 while the new Outback 2.5i Touring starts at $35,995. The 3.6 models are available in Limited and Touring.
Of course, the key difference between the Outback 2.5i and the Outback 3.6R is what’s under the hood. The 2.5i uses a 2.5-liter DOHC SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder engine rated at 175 hp and 174 lb/ft of torque, while the 3.6R gets the more powerful 3.6-liter DOHC SUBARU BOXER six-cylinder engine rated at 256 hp and 247 lb/ft of torque. With the four-cylinder, the 2017 Subaru Outback gets EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the six cylinder is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Both engines are paired to the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission featuring steering wheel paddle shifters. No matter which engine you choose, all 2017 Subaru Outback models come standard with the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Active Torque Vectoring and driver-selectable X-MODE®. In addition to its spacious interior, the 2017 Subaru Outback can also tow up to 2,700 pounds.
Subaru is synonymous with safety, and the 2017 Subaru Outback is just another reason why. This rugged family wagon comes with a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as a 5-Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One major factor in these wins is the innovative EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology.
Part sedan, part wagon and part crossover, the 2017 Subaru Outback is one of the safest and most unique family vehicles on the market. If you’re looking for a car that is affordable yet distinctive, then you’re definitely going to want to check out the rugged 2017 Subaru Outback.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.