2016 Subaru Outback

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

189.6” x 66.1”


All-wheel drive



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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2016 Subaru Outback review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Reliably efficient

The 2016 Subaru Outback is the first car I'd ever bought brand new, and I haven't been disappointed since it was purchased 7 years ago. It's very reliable, fun to drive, easy on gas, easy on maintenance and easy on the eyes. Will do it all over again when I make my next Subaru purchase!


Gas saver

I just bought this one used, 42,000 miles. I highly recommend subaru brand if you need a dependable vehicle. I also own a 07 outback. And a 2014 impreza. Good vehicles.


Awesome !

Absolutely my favorite car of all I’ve ever owned. Extremely Reliable. Great mpg for gas expense. Perfect mid-size suv. Highly recommend for anyone needing dependable transportation. No major issues since buying new.

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Based on the 2016 Subaru Outback base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
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
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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