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2016 Subaru Outback Guide

Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the 2016 Subaru Outback. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the 2016 Subaru Outback.


A crossover SUV wagon for the whole family, the 2016 Subaru Outback allows you to use the same vehicle to commute to work through all weather conditions and take the family off-roading for a remote and rustic getaway. The Outback combines handling, reliability, and fuel economy in a package designed for comfort, utility, and safety. Amenities include a folding rear seat, roof rails, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel. For 2016, Subaru made some small improvements to the Outback, including upgraded safety features, enhanced steering functionality, and a smoother ride in the Limited trim thanks to recalibrated suspension. The 2016 Subaru Outback won the US News accolade for the year's Best Wagon for Families and the second-best wagon of the year overall.


All-Road Ready

The Subaru Outback is suitable for all your driving needs, be it city roads, open highways, snow-filled streets, or dusty, rocky trails. It has 8.7-inches of ground clearance with all-wheel drive and several assist tools standard. There's an X-Mode off-road assist feature to improve traction at low speeds, a Hill Descent Control feature that automatically aids in braking on steep declines, and an Active Torque Vectoring feature that helps provide greater stability on the road by enhancing traction when driving at faster speeds.

An Eye on Safety

As of 2016, a Lane Keep Assist feature has been added to the EyeSight collision mitigation system, and the Limited and Premium trims now include the Starlink safety and security package standard. Other safety features that come standard in the 2016 Outback include child door locks and seat anchors, a driver and passenger air bag, stability and traction controls, and a rearview camera.

Good With Gas

One of the Subaru Outback's claims to fame is its fuel economy. With the 2.5-liter V-4 base engine, the 2016 Outback gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, and with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, it gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Grille shutters on the exterior also help improve fuel efficiency on the highway.


Pickup Letdown, Part I

Here, the term pickup refers to acceleration. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder base engine in the 2016 Subaru Outback lacks sufficient pickup for serious acceleration. The V-6 engine offers more power for acceleration, but it's also only available on the higher-end Limited trim.

Pickup Letdown, Part II

Here, the term pickup refers to towing capacity. The Subaru Outback can't carry as much of a load as others in its class as it can't tow more than 3,000 pounds. Like with acceleration, the Limited trim version with the six-cylinder engine offers more towing capacity as well.


The Subaru Outback trends toward the more expensive range of compact crossover wagons. However, it was a finalist for 2016's Best Wagon for the Money and was ranked 15th for Used Wagons Under $20K overall.

2016 Subaru Outback Reviews

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