2017 Subaru Outback
Rated a "Top-Safety Pick" by the IIHS

With an impressive mix of grit, style, and adventure, the 2017 Subaru Outback retains the very essence it has been known for since being launched in the mid ‘90s. In the era where crossovers and SUV’s are ruling the roads, Subaru has stuck to its guns and retained the vehicle as a car-based wagon automobile. This of course with subtle refinements to fit into today’s needs.

2017 Subaru Outback
Style, grit, and adventure combined in the 2017 Subaru Outback

Some of the new features of the new model include:

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • SUBARU BOXER® engine
  • vehicle dynamic control
  • Siri™ Eyes Free
  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • two engine design and much more.

Irrespective of the engine choice or the trims, you can be certain of comprehensive safety. Not only does the new model carry advanced technical features, it is also full of quality and comfort. Customers have the option of choosing the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, and the 3.6R Limited.  Each choice has its  standard features and optional add-ons.

This review delves  in-depth into details such as model specifications, what you can expect, interior and exterior redesigns, price and probable release date.

Engine specifications


2017 Subaru Outback
2017 Subaru Outback powered by a 256-horsepower engine

As mentioned earlier, the 2017 Subaru Outback comes with two types of engines depending on customer option. That said, the 2.5i comes with a “2.5-liter flat-4 base” engine, which produces a driving power of 175 horsepower and torque of 174 lb-ft. This variant of the engine has a fuel economy of 25 MPG in the city, and 32 MPG on the highway.

The other engine on the other hand, exudes 256 horsepower from its 3.6-liter flat-6 engine and a torque of 247 lb-ft. Its fuel economy is also noticeably lower, coming in at 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. However, the two engines have a pairing with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which has manual mode as well as steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

General Specs of the 2017 Subaru Outback

  • Wheelbase: 108.1 Inches
  • Length: 189.6 Inches
  • Width: 72.24 Inches
  • Max Speed: 139 miles per hour
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 Seconds
  • Passenger volume: 5
  • Storage volume: 36 Cubic feet
  • Curb weight: 3859 Pounds
  • MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 20/27
  • Available exterior colors: Wilderness Green Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Venetian Red Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Twilight Blue Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Carbide Gray Metallic, and Crystal Black Silica
  • Towing capacity: 2700/3000 (2.5-liter engine/3.6-liter engine)

Safety first

2017 Subaru Outback
Rated a “Top-Safety Pick” by the IIHS

The 2017 Subaru Outback packs an incredible amount of safety features and indeed, the different accolades received thus far are clear affirmations. First off, the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the wagon a “Top Safety Pick” and the federal officials awarded the mid-sized vehicle five-stars in all categories except the roll-over test, which it performed admirable earning four-stars.

The features that make this possible include the rear automatic braking that prevents the 2017 Subaru outback from hitting objects on its rear. Other features include Subaru’s EyeSight safety system which comes as a bundle that includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, emergency breaking, as well as lane departure warning. Individual safety features also available are rear cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitors.

Interior and exterior design styles on the 2017 Subaru Outback

2017 Subaru Outback
Spacious and stylish interior for all

The exterior designs of the new Outback is more or less as it was after the comprehensive changes of 2015 that saw it expand in functionality. This means that the 2017 Subaru is as recognizable as the last two upgrades. That said, there are some changes here and there to look forward to especially in the interior.

For example, the Outback 2.5i Touring trim (which is a new addition) comes with Java Brown leather upholstery that is complimented with varying ivory embroidery. Features such as heated steering wheel and Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system comes as standard in the newest edition of the Outback. In all, the interior has premium material throughout and the touch screen technology is equally intuitive and easy to use.

An exciting feature for backpackers and campers will be the reclining and split-folding rear seats. Added to the exterior color option in the new Outback is the Brilliant Brown on all trims. The 2017 Outback also retains its height from the floor, which is 8.7 inches from the ground. The grille is still dark gray; the tires are fitted with 18-inch alloy with a lot of dark gray details, the Outback badges in chrome, and other minute details.

Price and release date for the 2017 Outback

2017 Subaru Outback 2-5i premium cargo area
Voluminous Cargo Area

The price for the 2017 Subaru Outback starts from $25,645 for the ordinary 2.5i, $27,695 for the 2.5i Premium, $32,390 for the 2.5i Limited, $35,995 for the 2.5i Touting, and $34,995 for the 3.6R Limited. As always, these figures represent the ballpark values of these trims with just the standards features.

Additional charges may be incurred from add-ons and other service charges. The new Outback was released in May, 2016.

Pros and Cons of the Outback 2017


  1. The new Outback has good fuel economy
  2. The new Touring Trim packs wonderful features
  3. The interior is more stylish and more comfortable


  1. The 7.0 touch screen is susceptible to glare
  2. The engine power on the 2.5i is limited
  3. The engine computer is slow in moving from paddle shifters to drive.


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