Subaru Outback Review & Ratings
- 6 June 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Subaru Outback is a nameplate that has been used by Japanese carmaker Fuji Heavy Industries or FHI since 1994. The “Outback” nameplate has been used for two different vehicles with the Subaru branding, one of which is based on the mid-sized Subaru Legacy. The other vehicle that shares this nameplate comes from the hatchback variant of the Subaru Impreza. The origin of this vehicle’s name comes from the rugged outback region of Australia and was meant to convey abilities as an off-road vehicle.
The Outback station wagon first made its debut in 1994 as a derivative of the second generation Subaru Legacy. This vehicle was also introduced as the Legacy Grand Wagon, though in a majority of markets around the world it was known simply as the Legacy Outback. The name of this vehicle was shortened to the Subaru Outback when it first launched in 1996, becoming the first ever vehicle to use this particular abbreviation. A majority of components that were used for the Subaru Outback come from the Legacy donor model, with a few minor exceptions. In New England in the United States, the Legacy SUS, which was a similar concept to the Outback, was introduced with a sedan body style.
A new generation Outback was released along with an equivalent Legacy in 1998. The updated series of this vehicle shared many of the similar mechanical features as well as physical dimensions, but this time the abbreviated Subaru Outback title was used in markets outside of Japan and Europe. This marked the first time that a sedan joined the wagon for the North American market only. Subaru released a redesigned version of the Outback as well as the new Legacy in 2003. Similar to the two generations before it, the 2003 update used the same basic blueprint as in the past.
The current iteration of the Outback first debuted in 2009 in conjunction with the corresponding Legacy model. The shorter “Subaru Outback” name was adopted for European markets for this series. Subaru also released the Outback Sort in 1994, but only in the North American market for the 1995 model. This vehicle was derived from the Subaru Impreza hatchback and the Sport version featured an off-road appearance package as well as a slightly raised suspension which resembled that of the larger Legacy-based model The North American Subaru division launched subsequent generations of this vehicle in 2000 and 2007 but ultimately discontinued the line in 20011. The Subaru XV name has since been adopted as a replacement for the Outback Sport.
The Outback was originally designed for the North American market and includes many traits of popular SUVs from the past with a rugged overall design that was intended for off-road use from the very start. This vehicle has been an extreme success in a number of different markets, especially North America, since it was first launched. While it is true that many of the components that are used in this vehicle were borrowed from others, it still remains as a unique SUV as a whole.
The most recent Subaru Outback has a 5-passenger layout and is available in many different trims, including the 2.5i 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premiu, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited. The base engine for this vehicle is a 2.5 liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder that is capable of 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle comes with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission. Overall, the Outback is definitely one of the more popular SUVs to ever have been produced by Subaru and is still very popular to this day.