2017 Subaru Outback Change Vehicle

$25,645-$38,195 MSRP range

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Key Specs of the 2017 Subaru Outback

Outback base trim shown

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

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
2017 Subaru Outback

  • Five-seat all-wheel-drive wagon
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Camera-based EyeSight safety system available
  • Outback Touring is new top trim level
  • Reverse automatic braking available

2017 Subaru Outback Road Test

Joe Bruzek

The verdict: Whether you consider the 2017 Subaru Outback a wagon or an SUV, it's a home run for families and well-rounded enough to appeal to a large crowd.

Versus the competition:
Though the Outback doesn’t have the sheer capabilities and size of a traditional midsize SUV, there’s enough SUV flavor there to satisfy more than just loyal Subaru owners.

For 2017, the Outback adds a new Touring trim level that gives an extra bit of luxuriousness to the top of the four-cylinder (2.5i) and six-cylinder (3.6R) trim ranges. Outback trims now include the base 2.5i trim, plus 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring. Compare the 2016 Outback with the 2017 here. Otherwise, this is the same great Outback that was redesigned for 2015, transforming the formerly quirky and polarizing wagon into a more mainstream vehicle with good looks, a nice driving experience and a loaded suite of safety features.

For this review, I drove a 3.6R Limited, which we tested alongside a crop of two-row SUVs for Cars.com’s $45,000 Midsize SUV Challenge, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Sorento and Ford Edge.
Exterior & Styling
The Outback’s 8.7 inches of ground clearance is more than many midsize SUVs and contributes to the Outback looking like a wagon with a lifted suspension, which isn’t a bad look. For 2015, the Outback streamlined its formerly awkward, polarizing appearance. Little has changed ... Read more

Latest 2017 Outback Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
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Value For The Money

Latest Reviews


I am blown away

by meal ticket from Boerne, Texas on February 14, 2018

This is the most impressive car that I have personally owned. Comfortable, great mileage, fun to drive, very safe feeling, and love the looks of it. I was shocked at the pick up the 2.5 liter engine ... Read full review


Most Comfortable Car Ever!

by LUVDOGZ from Carrollton, GA on February 14, 2018

I love my new Outback. I am a Realtor, so I drive daily. I have trade in Benz ML350 AW which was not getting great MPG and costly maintenance. I love the outback MPG I get 30 average on city traffic. ... Read full review

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