2016 Subaru Outback

MSRP $24,995 - $33,395

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2016 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With Cookie-cutters offering almost similar vehicles and creating a big confusion among the masses, Subaru, on the other hand, offers a simple, practical, and unique vehicle that makes it stands out from the crowd. Enter the 2016 Subaru Outback. You have it all in this car: good interiors, ample space, and powerful engines, like the other rivals.

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Pros

Roomy interiors

Well-equipped in terms of safety

Great outward visibility

Agile handling

Cons

Base engine lacks acceleration

Manual on the top variant is unimpressive

What's New?

Adds extra equipment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

108 in.

length

190 in.

width

72 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3638 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

73.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

610.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$24,995 onwards

2.5i$24,995 onwards

2.5i PZEV$25,295 onwards

2.5i Premium$27,395 onwards

Premium$27,395 onwards

2.5i Premium PZEV$27,695 onwards

2.5i Limited$30,395 onwards

2.5i Limited PZEV$30,695 onwards

Limited$33,395 onwards

3.6R Limited$33,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Subaru Outback in Carbide Gray Metallic color
Carbide Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.9

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


The 2016 Subaru Outback gets carried over largely from the 2015 model, with nearly no changes to the car. It starts at a price of $24,995 and comes in 4 trim levels. The car faces competition from the 2016 Audi Allroad, the 2016 BMW 328i wagon, and the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.


8.0/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.7/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2016 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Subaru Outback comes in four trims, 2.5i, 2.5i PREMIUM, 2.5i LIMITED, and 3.6R LIMITED. The 2016 Outback starts with a base price of $24,995 and goes up to $33,395 for the top variant. Standard features include rood rails, automatic headlamps, cruise control, air-conditioning, full power accessories, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and Subaru’s StarLink interface.

Trim

2.5i

2.5i Premium

2.5i Limited

3.6R Limited

MSRP (AWD)

$24,995

$27,395

$30,395

$33,395

Key features

17" steel wheels

Adds/replaces following 2.5i features -

Adds/replaces following 2.5i Premium features -

Adds/replaces following 2.5i Limited features -

 

Roof rack rails w/ integrated crossbars

17" alloy wheels

Leather upholstery

Powerful engine

 

Adjustable steering column

Heated seats and exterior mirrors

18" alloy wheels

Xenon headlights

 

Automatic headlights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Tuned suspension

 

 

60/40 split rear seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power rear liftgate

 

We recommend

To get the best value for the money spent, we recommend getting the 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited variant. It offers the best features over the other trims, along with a hard to resist price at which it comes. It is very well equipped in terms of advanced safety features with a few driver assistance features as well.

2016 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The 2016 Subaru Outback comes with 2 engines, restricted based on trims. The first 3 variants come bundled with a 2.5L H-4 engine that produces 175 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6R Limited comes with a 3.6L H-6 motor that produces 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. All of the trims come with 6-speed CVT along with all-wheel drive as standard.

The base engine feels punchy but a little dull due to its less power. The 3.6L engine, on the other hand, is a powerful motor that feels more refined and polished. Whether driving on the streets or interstate, the 3.6L motor feels lively and robust. The car does 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 16.4 seconds and has a top speed of 127 mph.

Models

2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SEL

MSRP

$33,395

$42,700

$42,650

$29,385

Engine

3.6-Liter H-6

2-Liter i4

2-liter i4

1.8-Liter i4

Transmission

6-speed A/T

8-speed A/T

8-speed A/T

6-speed A/T

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Horsepower

256 hp @ 6000 rpm

220 hp @ 4450 rpm

240 hp @ 5000 rpm

170 hp @ 4500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

247 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

199 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

7.2

6.4

5.4

7.3

Quarter mile (sec)

16.4

14.7

14.1

15.8

Top speed (mph)

127

130

155

125

When tested for the 0-60 timing, the BMW bags first place with a time of 5.4 seconds. The Audi closely follows it with 6.4 seconds. The Outback lands at third place with a time of 7.2 seconds. VW takes last place with 7.3 seconds. The VW has the least power output and the Subaru has the most at 247 hp. The BMW has the most top speed at 155 mph.

2016 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The H-4 2016 Subaru Outback returns 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. The 2016 Subaru Outback with the H-6 has a fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. This translates into a combined range of 407 miles with its 18.5-gallon tank.

Models

2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SEL

MPG (city)

20

21

22

25

MPG (highway)

27

28

34

35

MPG (combined)

22

24

26

29

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

18.5

16.1

15.8

13.2

Range (city/highway) (miles)

370/499.5

338.1/450.8

347.6/537.2

330/462

With a small and prudent motor under its hood, the Volkswagen bags the first place for the highest fuel efficiency of 29 mpg. The BMW follows it with an impressive fuel economy of 26 mpg. The Audi lands in third place with 24 mpg. Finally, the Subaru finishes at the end of the line with the least mileage of 22 mpg. In terms of range, however, the Subaru offers the most at 370 city miles and nearly 500 highway miles.

2016 Subaru Outback Interior

8.7/10

The 2016 Subaru Outback has an interior similar to what the Legacy sedan offers. With a clean and systematic layout of the controls on the dashboard, to the comfortable and roomy seats, the 2016 Outback offers a very relaxing and comfortable interior experience. The overall interior quality is excellent, with a lot of soft-touch materials all-round the cabin that enhances the experience.

The front seats are well-padded and provide a great amount of comfort. Similar to the front seats, the rear seats offer a ton of room to stretch. With the leather upholstery, the interior feels well-built and premium. Visibility from this cabin is excellent as well, with the large and wide windows. The big doors allow for easy ingress and egress.

Models

2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SEL

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.8/58.1/42.9

38.5/55.5/41.3

40.4/55.1/42

38.6/55.9/41.2

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.9/57.3/38.1

38.2/54.3/35.2

38.3/55.1/35

38.6/53.9/35.6

Cargo capacity with rear seats up(cu.ft.)

35.5

27.6

17.5

30.4

The interior space is excellent in the Outback. It offers the most space in terms of headroom and legroom in the front as well as the rear row of seats. Like its impressive interior seats, the Outback offers an impressive amount of cargo space and leaves its rivals biting the dust. With 35.5 cu. ft of cargo space, the Outback takes the crown. Some interior features on the Outback are:

  • Cruise control
  • Air-conditioning
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rearseats

How intuitive is the 2016 Subaru Outback’s infotainment system?

The infotainment unit on the Subaru Outback is one of the most user-friendly systems. It has also received an upgraded functionality for the year 2016. The system now supports pinch gestures for zoom in and out. The controls are easy to operate and read. Standard features include a CD player, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, 6.2-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and a 4-speaker system. Some infotainment features are:

  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • HD Radio
  • USB interface
  • Subaru’s Starlink interface
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite radio

2016 Subaru Outback Exterior

8.0/10

With over 20 years into its existence, the Outback has grown substantially from its first-generation model. From its well-integrated headlights into the front fascia to the smooth and straight lines running across its body, the Outback stands as a graceful vehicle. With its best-in-class ground clearance, this Subaru sits well above the ground that makes it look like a rugged wagon with nerves of steel.

Models

2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SEL

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3810

3892

3780

3120

Length (in.)

189.6

185.9

178.6

179.6

Width (in.)

72.4

72.5

71.5

70.8

Height (in.)

66.7

58

56.5

58.3

Ground clearance (in.)

8.7

7.1

5.7

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

108.1

110.4

108.7

103.5

In terms of exterior, the Subaru Outback is the longest of these four. It also has the most height. The Subaru overshadows the VW Polo, which is quite tiny and compact when compared to the remaining cars. It’s surprisingly longer than the BMW. The Audi is not only the heaviest but also has the longest wheelbase at 110.4 inches. The Subaru is comparatively quite taller than the others. Some exterior features include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Power rear liftgate

2016 Subaru Outback Safety

9.9/10

The 2016 Subaru Outback earned a top 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a rating of ‘Good’ from the IIHS. The 2016 Subaru Outback comes with the host of the following safety features. Standard safety features across all trims include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, airbags, and a rearview camera. Higher trims get the Starlink Connected Services, which includes emergency assistance and automatic collision notification. Some salient safety features include:

  • Starlink Connected services
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert system
  • Lane departure warning and intervention system
  • Forward collision and mitigation system

2016 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

A perfect family wagon that stands as an amalgamation of practicality and utility, the 2016 Subaru Outback makes its entry as a showstopper. With many manufacturers offering similar kinds of vehicles, Subaru not only offers a unique car but also offers something different and versatile that will make the heads turn. This one is a worthy car and is highly recommended. 

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