2016 Subaru Outback


Ranked #3 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$24,995 - $33,395

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Key Spec of 2016 Subaru Outback
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular unleaded


175 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Roomy interiors

Underwhelming performance from base engine

Updated steering system

Well-equipped in terms of safety

Rear seat belt is not integrated with the seat

Retuned suspension setup (Limited)

Great outward visibility

Lackluster CVT behavior

Added safety features

2016 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2022

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With a starting price of $24,995, the 2016 Subaru Outback adds updated steering system, retuned suspension on Limited trims, and enhanced safety features. The Outback was refreshed last year with updated exterior styling, better gas mileage, new drivetrain and safety features. The 2016 Outback continues to be powered by a 2.5-liter or 3.6-liter boxer engine, producing 175 horsepower and 256 horsepower respectively. The towing capacity is limited to 2,700 and 3,000 pounds with the 2.5i and 3.6R trim configurations. 

2016 Subaru Outback For Sale 

The 2016 Subaru Outback offers some updated mechanical and safety features. However, the powertrains remain the same as the previous model year. The average sale price for a used 2016 Subaru Outback ranges from $13,895-$29,999, depending on the trim configuration, mileage and actual condition. Usually, Subaru cars offer average maintenance and rugged build quality. So, if you're looking to buy a used Outback, the 2016 model can be pretty easy on your pocket

2016 Subaru Outback Buying Advice 

Subaru introduced an updated steering system, a retuned suspension system on the Limited trim and safety features for delivering a better user experience. However, many customers reported some problems with respect to drivetrain, battery, steering and safety features. So, it’s best to avoid the 2016 model year and look for 2019 and above model years that are less prone to issues. However, if you wish to buy the 2016 model, just get all the issues checked and rectified before making a purchase. 

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2016 Subaru Outback 

The 2016 Subaru Outback is offered in four trim configurations, powered by 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter boxer engines. The 2.5i trims receive the flat-four engine as standard, while only the 3.6R Limited trim gets the more powerful and capable 3.6-liter flat-six engine. The 2016 Outback accommodates five passengers and offers decent interior space. The good thing is that even the base trim gets a symmetrical AWD drivetrain as standard. Some capable rivals like the 2016 Audi Allroad, BMW 328i xDrive wagon and Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen.

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#3 in Compact Suv

#4 in Suv

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Base$24,995 onwards

  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite-Prep
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Pre-Collision system w/ pedestrian detection

Premium$27,395 onwards

  • 17-inch silver painted aluminum wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights

Limited$30,395 onwards

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2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback SUV

2.5i Limited

Est. $221/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,295 Below market
RMV: $20,590
Mahopac, NY
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2017 Subaru Outback Touring SUV

3.6R Touring

Est. $285/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,401 Below market
RMV: $26,399
Wichita, KS
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2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $196/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,615 Below market
RMV: $18,065
Ontario, CA
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2015 Subaru Outback
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1800007 Jun 2022

2015 Subaru Outback Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,033 Below market
RMV: $21,033
Las Vegas, NV
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2017 Subaru OutbackHome Delivery
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1999029 May 2022

2017 Subaru Outback Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $257/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,444 Below market
RMV: $23,434
Portland, OR
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2015 Subaru OutbackHome Delivery
Price Drop, $1758
Previous Price: $1173909 Jul 2022

2015 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,330 Below market
RMV: $12,311
Lake Odessa, MI
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2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,945 Below market
RMV: $15,933
Brandenburg, KY
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2017 Subaru OutbackHome Delivery
Price Drop, $996
Previous Price: $1999108 Jul 2022

2017 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $257/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,322 Below market
RMV: $23,317
Sanford, FL
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2015 Subaru Outback
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1899513 Jun 2022

2015 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,942 Below market
RMV: $21,937
San Diego, CA
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Colors and Styles

2016 Subaru Outback in Carbide Gray Metallic color
Carbide Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2016 Subaru Outback starts at an MSRP of $24,995 for the 2.5i trim and goes up to $33,395 for the top of the line 3.6R Limited trim. A destination charge ranging from $875-$950 is levied on different models over the base price. In the J.D. Power Consumer Rating, the 2016 Outback scored an overall rating of 80 out of 100,while the resale, driving experience and reliability scores are 81/100, 81/100 and 79/100 respectively. So, overall it can be considered as very good.

2016 Subaru Outback

Based on an estimation, the five-year ownership cost of a 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i trim can be splitted mainly into depreciation, fuel, maintenance and insurance. After five years of usage, the overall value of the 2016 Outback depreciated by $9,225. The fuel charges are calculated to be $10,728 and the maintenance will cost you $6,947. The insurance will cost you $6,292 and thus we believe the cost-of-ownership can be termed as average. With higher trims, the costs are higher. 


The 2016 Subaru Outback is available in four different trim configurations: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. The starting price for the above-mentioned trims are $24,995, $27,395, $30,395 and $33,395 respectively. However, most of the desirable features are offered from 2.5i Premium trim onwards, going up to the loaded 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trims. The base 2.5i trims might feel slightly underpowered with an output of 175 hp, while the 3.6-liter engine with 256 hp is available with the Limited trim as standard.

2016 Subaru Outback 

Subaru has offered a decent set of features like 17-inch steel wheels, 6.2-inch multimedia screen, welcome lighting, AWD drivetrain, 12-volt in-dash and cargo outlets, and manually-adjustable front seats, with the 2.5i trim. With the 2.5i Premium trim, features like 10-way power-adjustable seats, 7.0-inch multimedia screen, All-Weather Package, fog lights, dual-zone climate control system and leather wrapped steering wheels are standard. The Limited trims offer 18-inch alloy wheels, premium audio system, power rear gate, and leather upholstery as standard.  



2.5i Premium

2.5i Limited

3.6R Limited






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

3.6-liter inline-six engine 


Adjustable steering column

Heated seats and exterior mirrors

18" alloy wheels

HID low-beam headlights 


Automatic headlights

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Tuned suspension

Dual exhaust outlets 


60/40 split rear seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Power rear liftgate

High torque CVT

Subaru offers multiple optional features for the 2.5i Premium trim like power rear gate with memory, power moonroof package, EyeSight driver-assist technology, multimedia with navigation system, blind-spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, while some features like keyless access with push button start and EyeSight driver-assist technology are available for the Limited trims.

Engine and Performance

The 2016 Subaru Outback is powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four engine producing 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited are powered by the same engine. For better performance, the 3.6R Limited trim is equipped with a 3.6-liter flat-six engine producing 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines are mated to a lackluster CVT gearbox and Subaru’s symmetrical AWD drivetrain is standard. The maximum towing capacity for 2.5i and 3.6R trims is limited to 2,700 pounds and 3,000 pounds respectively 

2016 Subaru Outback Engine 

The base 2.5-liter engine offers underwhelming performance and the models equipped with it do a 0-60 mph sprint in 9.4 seconds and complete a quarter-mile drag in 17.2 seconds. If you are up for better numbers then the 3.6-liter flat-six engine must be your choice. The 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring models are capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and completing a quarter-mile drag in 15.6 seconds. The top speeds for the 2.5i and 3.6R trims are 130 mph and 139 mph respectively.

2016 Subaru Outback 0-60

The 2016 Subaru Outback is quite manageable in urban conditions and the driving experience is very car-like. However, throw it around the corners and you'll understand that it’s not made for the same. Even the steering feedback is not adequate. With retuned suspension setup for the Limited trim, the ride quality has improved and even the 2.5i and 2.5i PRemium trims offer decent ride quality. The rugged wagon takes about 125 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 mph.  


2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SE 







2.5-Liter H-4

2-Liter turbo inline-4

2-liter turbo inline-4

1.8-Liter turbo inline-4 



8-speed A/T

8-speed A/T

6-speed A/T







175 hp @ 5800 rpm

220 hp @ 4450 rpm

240 hp @ 5000 rpm

170 hp @ 4500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

174 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

199 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

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The Subaru Outback with a 2.5-liter engine under the hood offers underwhelming performance. The BMW 328i xDrive wagon is th emost powerful in the comparision and offers the quickets 0-60 mph time, followed by Audi Allroad and Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen. However,  with the 3.6-liter engine, the Outback offers better performance but still can't beat the Audi and BMW wagons in the comparison. 

Fuel Economy

The 2016 Subaru Outback with its 2.5-liter engine offers good fuel economy but it's not the best. With an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25/32/28 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions, the 2.5i trims are quite economic. The 3.6R Limited trim with a 3.6-liter engine delivers 20/27/22 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions. With a 18.5 gallon tank on all models, the Outback 2.5i and 3.6R trims offer a combined range of 518 miles and 407 miles respectively. 


2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SE

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With a small and prudent motor under its hood, the Volkswagen wagon bags the first place for the highest combined fuel economy of 29 mpg. It is followed by the Outback in terms of combined gas mileage and it offers the maximum range in the comparison, courtesy of largest fuel tank. The BMW 328i xDrive wagon and Audi Allroad are less efficient and deliver less range, owing to smaller fuel tanks. 


The interior of the 2016 Subaru Outback can be best described as functional rather than modern. The cabin is well-built and the ergonomics are decent too. The exterior view is good and the driving height is sufficient for a good view of the road ahead. Subaru has utilized soft touch plastics over the dashboard and door panels. The base trim lacks some creature comforts but higher trims offer heated steering, powered driver’s seat and premium leather upholstery as standard.

2016 Subaru Outback 

Subaru offers the interior cloth and leather upholstery in different colors like Slate Black and Warm Ivory for the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. The front and rear seats are supportive and the rear seats accommodate three passengers with decent comfort, and even the rear legroom is adequate for comfort on long journeys. With the power moonroof, the passenger volume is limited to 104.5 cu-ft and 108.1 cu-ft with no moonroof. 

2016 Subaru Outback Seating 

 With all seats in place, the cargo capacity is limited to 35.5 cu-ft. However, the rear 60/40 seat back can be folded down completely, extending the cargo space to 73.3 cu-ft. In-cabin storage solutions are also plenty, with seatback pockets, door pockets, and other cubbies for small-item storage. Other convenience features include heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, etc.


2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SE

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The Subaru Outback offers the maximum interior space in terms of headroom and legroom in the front as well as the rear row of seats. Like its impressive interior space, the Outback offers an impressive amount of cargo space. With 35.5 cu-ft of cargo space, the Outback takes the crown. It is followed by Golf Sportswagen, Audi Allroad 2.0T and BMW 328i xDrive wagon. 

2016 Subaru Outback Infotainment Screen

Subaru offers a 6.2-inch multimedia touchscreen display with the base 2.5i trim. The rest of the trims are equipped with a larger 7.0-inch screen. However, both the touch screens offer dated graphics and Subaru’s StarLink interface does not help either with slow touch response from these screens. The Premium and Limited trims get access to navigation as an optional feature. Some features like Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, 4-speaker audio system, and USB port/iPod control are standard. The Limited trims get access to a 576-watt, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Some of the key interior features are:  

  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rearseats
  • SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • USB interface

The 2016 Subaru Outback does not look modern or aesthetically pleasing from any exterior angle. However, the wagon body profile is quite practical in daily lives and the front end is very much inspired from the Legacy sedan. The beak-shaped headlamps and small hexagonal chrome grille with Subaru logo look subtle. However, the front bumper is different from the Legacy sedan and we believe it's designed for a more rugged experience. The side profile is unexciting to be honest and devoid of any sharp angles or curves. 

2016 Subaru Outback Exterior 

The chrome window trim and roof rails accentuate the overall appearance. The 2016 Outback offers two different wheel sizes: 17-inch and 18-inch. The 17-inch and 18-inch steel and aluminum alloy wheels are wrapped around 225/65 R17 and 225/60 R18 tires respectively. The rear profile is bland but 3.6R Limited trim offers dual exhaust outlets. The different exterior colors like Black Silica, Red Pearl, Brown Pearl, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Blue Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Carbide Gray, Laps Blue, White Pearl and Wilderness Green Metallic are offered.


2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i 

2016 Audi Allroad 2.0T Premium

2016 BMW 328i xDrive wagon

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SE

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In terms of exterior, the Subaru Outback is the longest in the comparison. It also has the most height and overshadows the VW Polo, which is quite tiny and compact when compared to the remaining cars. It’s surprisingly longer than the BMW 328i xDrive wagon. The Audi Allroad is not only the heaviest but also has the longest wheelbase at 110.4 inches. The Subaru Outback also has the highest ground clearance, making it more off-road compatible than its rivals.

Some of the key exterior features include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • HID low-beam headlamps
  • Roof rails
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Power moonroof 
  • Power rear liftgate 

The 2016 Subaru Outback is a well-built and rugged wagon. The IIHS awarded the Subaru Outback with a 2016 Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest score of ‘Good’ in all five individual crash test categories. The NHTSA gave the 2016 Outback a perfect five-star overall rating. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. Thus, the safety quotient of this practical wagon cannot be doubted. 

2016 Subaru Outback EyeSight Driver Assist Technology 

According to Subaru, EyeSight reduces rear-end crashes with injuries by 85%, which is a huge claim in itself. It does have other advanced features as well like blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking. Subau’s StarLink Safety Plus and Security Plus features are optional with all the trims except the base trim. However, the good thing is that a high-resolution rear view camera is standard on all the trims. 

Some of the key safety features are: 

  • 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 vs 2016 Audi Allroad 

The 2016 Audi Allroad is more luxurious and modern as compared to the Outback. The Allroad wagon offers better performance as compared to the Outback. However, it is also very expensive as compared to even the top most trim of the Subaru Outback. 

2016 Audi Allroad

The Subaru Outback is more spacious and offers better gas mileage than the Audi Allroad. With higher ground clearance, the Outback is more off-road compatible as compared to the Audi's wagon. Looking at the overall value and practicality, the Outback makes more sense at its price point. 

2016 Subaru Outback vs 2016 BMW 328i xDrive Wagon 

The BMW 328i xDrive wagon offers very good performance and offers much better handling than the Outback. The interior is also more luxurious and modern as compared to the Outback. However, the BMW 328i xDrive wagon is more expensive than the Outback 

2016 BMW 328i xDrive Wagon

The Subaru Outback scores big in terms of fuel efficieny and cargo space. It also offers higher ground clerance than the BMW, allowing for enhanced off-roading. The BMW 328i xDrive wagon offers lesser rear seat legroom than the Outback, making it less comfortable over longer journeys. 

2016 Subaru Outback vs 2016 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf Superwagen is more compact than the Outback and offers inadequate interior space. The Golf Sportswagen is lighter in weight and offers slighly better gas mileage than the Outback. However, with larger fuel tank, the Outback offers better range. 

2016 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Being lighter and compact, the Golf Sportwagen offers better performance than the Outback. However, the Outback offers better cargo space and off-roading potential with higher ground clearance and AWD drivetrain as standard. 

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 spacious car but also offers decent gas mileage and versatility, while offering very good value at its price point. The rugged wagon has earned safety awards and proved its safety quotient. However, if high performance and dynamic handling are not your requirements, then the 2016 Subaru Outback is recommended for you. 


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

152 cu in

horse power

175 hp @ 5800 rpm


174 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


continuously variable speed automatic


189.6 in


108.1 in


72.4 in

curb weight

3593 lbs


66.1 in

Ground Clearance

8.7 lbs

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft

cargo volume

73.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

25/28/32 mpg

highway range

592.0 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

Subaru Outback 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $43,713
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,872$1,528$1,118$714$222$5,454
Taxes and Fees$2,520$172$183$182$141$3,198
Total Cost-To-Own$11,230$7,913$7,335$9,638$7,597$43,713
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