2016 Subaru Outback

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Subaru Outback. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2016 Subaru Outback Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

Latest 2016 Outback Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Subaru=Love

by LVP on July 20, 2018

Purchased our 2016 Subaru Outback new in 2016. This is by far our favorite vehicle (and we've owned a number of them over 37 years). Our Outback ticked all the boxes as far as safety, overall look, ... Read full review

(5.0)

I was impressed!

by Dawn749 from Davison, MI on July 16, 2018

Handled very well. Quicker than I thought it would be. Definitely nicer interior then I imagined. Also a good amount of interior space. I test drove a Limited. More luxury then I expected. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Subaru Outback currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Subaru Outback has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Subaru

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker