Best Bet
  • (4.7) 61 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,814$20,722
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-25
  • Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2012 Subaru Outback

Our Take on the 2012 Subaru Outback

Our Take

The five-seat Subaru Outback is an alternative to traditional crossovers. Though Outback sedans existed in previous years, the current Outback is only available as a wagon with a tall stance. It competes with models like the Toyota Venza and Volvo XC70.New for 2012For 2012, all Premium models ha... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some inconsistent cabin materials
  • Uninspiring four-cylinder drivetrain
  • Braking performance when loaded
  • Front-seat thigh support for taller drivers

Notable Features

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine
  • Revised roof-rack crossbar design
  • Manual or automatic
  • Newly available stereos


Our Expert Reviews

In my idyllic village near the base of the Rocky Mountains, there are two things in abundance: extremely athletic people and Subarus. You can't go anywhere without seeing either one of these things and often they come as a duo. During my weeklong test drive of the Subaru Outback, I was able to fit in — at least in a vehicular sense. The 2012 Subaru Outback conquers any drive with e... Read full review for the 2012 Subaru Outback

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Consumer Reviews


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So far, an excellent choice

by Mr. Excitement from Des Moines, IA on January 8, 2012

I purchased the 2012 Outback 3.6R after test driving both the 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder versions and going with performance and ease of merging with fast traffic over better gas mileage. I bought this... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Subaru Outback.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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