Considered the “World’s First Sport Utility Wagon,” the Subaru Outback has provided buyers with a capable, safe and more fuel efficient alternative to the traditional SUV for the last 17 years.
The 2012 Subaru Outback (MSRP $23,295) furthers this inherent advantage of blending both passenger car and SUV, offering numerous features and benefits and serving as an ideal choice for any growing family.
Take, for instance, the lower step in height for easier ingress and egress, impeccable safety record and interior room on par with larger SUVs – just a few of the numerous attributes that make the Outback special.
Perhaps one of the greatest reasons to choose a Subaru Outback is because of its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Regular all-wheel drive usually comes at an additional cost on competitive crossovers and SUVs; Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is unique to Subaru, and can’t be had at any price on competitors. Not only does it help provide superior traction in all weather and road conditions by constantly maintaining a balanced and even distribution of power, it also serves as a central safety feature. Under adverse conditions, Symmetrical AWD sends power and traction to the wheels that need it most, helping maintain vehicle control, especially in emergency maneuvers to avoid accidents.
Another aspect that makes the five-passenger Outback such a nimble vehicle is its low-slung SUBARU BOXER® engine – a flat, horizontally opposed engine design – that gives the Outback an exceptionally stable and low center of gravity.
The 2012 Outback offers the choice between a 170-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 256-hp 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The 2.5-liter can be outfitted with either a new six-speed manual transmission or the available Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The Lineartronic CVT doesn’t have predefined gears, so it provides a smooth, seamless driving experience while automatically keeping the engine in its most power- and fuel-efficient operating range. When equipped with the CVT, the four-cylinder Outback 2.5i can return up to an impressive 29 mpg highway.
The six-cylinder engine found in 3.6R models is paired with a five-speed adaptive electronic automatic featuring steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters, and the engine’s robust 247 lb/ft of torque is ideal for those whose activities include towing where that additional low-end power is useful. Best of all, the 3.6-liter engine returns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway and can tow up to 3,000 pounds in a properly equipped Outback.
The Outback has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than most competitive SUVs, which helps it excel in many off-road conditions. As mentioned, however, the Outback has the same step in height as a car, making it easy for kids to get in the backseat on their own, and the low center of gravity provided by the SUBARU BOXER engine helps the Outback maintain exceptional balance.
Inside the Outback, you’ll find plenty of cupholders and handy storage spaces. The Outback also boasts copious amounts of rear-seat legroom (37.8 inches), not only great for adult passengers, but also terrific for quick and easy installation of child safety seats. The optional Moonroof Package adds to the perceived spaciousness of the Outback and includes an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with an integrated back-up camera in a 3.5-inch display.
For serious cargo hauling duties, the 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold flat, creating a cavernous 71.3 cubic feet of space – a number that rivals many larger and heavier SUVs. Loading and unloading cargo is done without breaking your back, thanks again to the low load floor. Also standard are a removable rear cargo tray and underfloor cargo-area storage. If your cargo requirements extend to the roof, the Outback features a roofrack with stowable crossbar rails. You can hide the rails when not in use to reduce wind noise and improve aerodynamics, which also contributes to greater fuel efficiency.
Of course, the most important aspect of a worthy family vehicle is its safety record. The 2012 Outback, like all Subaru vehicles, was designed from the ground up with safety in mind. The Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure uses high-tensile strength steel to better protect all vehicle occupants.
In addition to standard safety features like four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist and Vehicle Dynamics Control, the Outback also features an electronic Hill Holder System that holds the Outback in place on an incline until the accelerator is depressed. All of these enhanced safety features helped the 2012 Outback earn the prestigious 2012 “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Outback comes in 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited models. The line is generously equipped from the start with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, full power accessories, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats, an overhead console, keyless entry and a four-speaker audio system with CD player and auxiliary input.
Premium and Limited models add a number of technology and luxury features to make your every day family outing more comfortable and convenient. Highlights of the standard and optional features include leather upholstery with power-adjustable and heated front seats, navigation, a rear-view camera and a new, standard six-speaker audio system in Premium models that includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS) and iPod integration with auxiliary input. Limited models are equipped with a standard nine-speaker harman/kardon 4.3-inch LCD display audio system with HD Radio and XM Satellite Radio.
If you’re searching for the ideal blend of passenger car and SUV for your next family machine, stop into our showroom today and explore all the 2012 Subaru Outback has to offer.