2016 Subaru Outback

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2016 Subaru Outback
2016 Subaru Outback

Key specs

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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 design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Outback is a great car I never thought I’d own…

Great car for the value. Consumer Reports consistently rates this car with 4/5. We looked at the Crosstreck but actually think this is a better car for the value.


Most reliable car or summer and winter

This car got eyesight, navigation and low mileage for a great price ! Very clean , lot of leg room and cargo space . Reliable in winter and summer driving.


Fantastic car on the highway

This car drives as well as a large sedan, think Cadillac, Lincoln or any smooth riding vehicle. Great clearance , good in the snow or dirt. Great capacity, we have hauled 20 bags of mulch with no handling issues. This is our second Outback, looking forward to the third in a few years.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
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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