2017 Subaru Outback Review
For many people, the weeks following the holidays go from magical to miserable, the wintery weather something to be endured rather than enjoyed. If this describes your sentiments about the cold and dark months of the year, the 2017 Subaru Outback could help to chase those blues away–or at least bolster your perseverance as you await the return of sunny skies, warm temperatures, and blooming flowers.
Equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), lots of ground clearance, plenty of cargo space, soothingly comfortable heated seats, and even a wiper de-icer system, the Subaru Outback is seemingly custom-built for foul weather. But even if you live where the sun regularly shines, you're likely to find this crossover SUV useful, perhaps even entertaining.
The Outback 2.5i is the most popular version of Subaru's midsize crossover, equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and an EPA fuel-economy rating of 28 mpg in combined driving. It comes in standard, Premium, Limited, and new Touring trim levels. The more powerful Outback 3.6R has a thirstier 6-cylinder engine and is offered only in the Limited and Touring trims.
For this review, our expert evaluated a 2017 Outback 3.6R Touring without any upgrades. The price came to $39,070, including the $875 destination charge.
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