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2016 Subaru Outback

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$18,115 — $29,979 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
22-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Attractive styling
  • Easy entry and exit
  • Backseat roominess
  • Visibility
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Lack of acceleration with four-cylinder engine
  • Seats not supportive
  • Roof rails mean car can be pitched around by heavy winds
  • CVT's lack of idle-creep leads to lurching starts
  • Car-seat Latch anchors sit too deep for easy access
  • Rear center seat belt not integrated with seat
2016 Subaru Outback exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Subaru Outback
  • Lane departure prevention now available
  • Five-seat all-wheel-drive wagon
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Camera-based EyeSight safety system available

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Vehicle Overview

Subaru's Outback was redesigned last year with updated exterior styling, better estimated gas mileage, and new drivetrain, entertainment and safety technology. Like past versions, the Outback straddles the divide between traditional wagons and crossover SUVs and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
New for 2016
Subaru has revised the steering system for better steering feel, and Limited trim levels have a retuned suspension for a smoother ride. The available EyeSight safety system adds lane departure prevention, while Premium and Limited trims gain Subaru's Starlink emergency communication system.
Significant Standard Features

  • Active grille shutters for better gas mileage
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • 6.2-inch touch-screen CD stereo with Pandora integration, iPod connectivity, an MP3 jack and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • CVT includes steering-wheel shift paddles to simulate gear changes
  • Release levers in the cargo area for the 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • High-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Moonroof
  • Upgraded stereo features a 7-inch touch-screen, satellite radio, text messaging capability, iTunes tagging and two USB ports
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Navigation system 
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Blind spot warn...
Vehicle Overview

Subaru's Outback was redesigned last year with updated exterior styling, better estimated gas mileage, and new drivetrain, entertainment and safety technology. Like past versions, the Outback straddles the divide between traditional wagons and crossover SUVs and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
New for 2016
Subaru has revised the steering system for better steering feel, and Limited trim levels have a retuned suspension for a smoother ride. The available EyeSight safety system adds lane departure prevention, while Premium and Limited trims gain Subaru's Starlink emergency communication system.
Significant Standard Features

  • Active grille shutters for better gas mileage
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • 6.2-inch touch-screen CD stereo with Pandora integration, iPod connectivity, an MP3 jack and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • CVT includes steering-wheel shift paddles to simulate gear changes
  • Release levers in the cargo area for the 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • High-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Moonroof
  • Upgraded stereo features a 7-inch touch-screen, satellite radio, text messaging capability, iTunes tagging and two USB ports
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Navigation system 
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert 
  • EyeSight system uses cameras to provide adaptive cruise control, precollision braking, and lane departure warning and prevention

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
126 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Good all around car

by Powlimited from Tucson, Arizona on December 17, 2018

This is the ultimate utility car, lots of space. Great gas mileage, nice cvt that's unnoticeable. but poor power, not underpowered just not enough extra power if you need it. Read full review

(4.0)

A big change from Acura

by Jj123 from West Springfield Ma on December 14, 2018

I like the roominess it allows which is why I bought it. It’s louder and rougher handling than my Acura but I guess what can you expect...gas mileage fair averaging 23-25. Sounds like a diesel truck ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Subaru Outback currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Subaru Outback has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Outback received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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