2017 Subaru Outback

MSRP $25,645 - $38,195

Ranked #4 in Compact Suv

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2017 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Subaru Outback has maintained its dominance with a large load capacity, luxurious cabins, and a high safety rating. The 2017 Subaru Outback facelift refines the recipe and, as usual, emerges as a winner.  An Outback 2.5i has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $26,500. The Premium model will set you back approximately $28,500, while the Limited will set you back around $33,200. If you want the 6-cylinder engine, you'll have to pay an extra $3,000 for an Outback Limited or Touring, which are the only versions with the 6-cylinder engine.

A 2.5L engine is included in four of the six Subaru Outback models. The engine produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The last two grades come with a 3.6L engine that produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. A smooth Continuously Variable Transmission complements each SUBARU BOXER engine.

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Pros

Advanced safety tech

Comfortable ride

Impressive cargo capacity

Responsive CVT

Notable off-road capability

Spacious cabin and interiors

Cons

Some interior parts involve the use of low-grade materials

Sluggish acceleration, especially with the 4-cylinder engine

What's New?

New Trim - A new touring trim, dubbed 2.5i Touring, is available. The model trades-off style for utility

Safety gets Better - The already great safety scorecard gets even better with the addition of automatic high beams and reverse automatic braking features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34995

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

222 cu.in.

horsepower

256 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

247 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

104.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

73.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/27 mpg

highway range

499.5 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$25,645 onwards

Premium$27,695 onwards

Limited$32,390 onwards

Touring$35,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Subaru Outback in Brilliant Brown Pearl color
Brilliant Brown Pearl

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.6

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


"The Outback takes on weekend road trips with ease thanks to its smooth ride, comfy seats, spacious cabin, and class-leading cargo space."- Edmunds

The model range, which was last updated for the 2015 model year, now includes a new 2017 Subaru Outback Touring variant with Java Brown leather seating and contrasting ivory stitching, as well as a Brilliant Brown exterior color. In addition, rear object recognition with automated emergency braking has been incorporated into the 2017 Subaru Outback models. Aside from that, not much has changed for the 2017 model year.

The 2.5L engine in the 2017 Subaru Outback produces 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. The last two trims come with a 3.6L engine that produces 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. A smooth continuously variable gearbox complements each Subaru boxer engine. The inside is practical rather than luxurious, although it has several amenities like as power-adjustable seats, soft-touch interior upholstery, and numerous safety measures.


8.0/10
Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.6/10
Safety


2017 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

"The 2017 Subaru Outback two-row midsize crossover features exclusive all-wheel drive, two engine options, and six trim levels." - Motor Trend

The 2017 Subaru Outback is available in six trim levels. 2.5i, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R Limited, 3.6R Touring, and 2.5i Touring are the models available. A 2.5L engine is available in the 2.5 trims, while a 3.6L V6 engine is available in the 3.6 levels. The least costly and most expensive trims are 2.5i and 3.6R Touring, respectively. While 2.5i has a starting price of $25,645.

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Same features as 2.5i  limited

Trims

2.5i

2.5i Premium

2.5i Limited

3.6R Limited 

2.5i Touring 

3.6R Touring

MSRP

$25,645

$27,695

$32,390

$34,995

$35,995

$38,195

Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Rear privacy glass

18-inch wheels

Same features as 2.5i premium and limited

Same features as the 2.5i touring 

 

Hill descent control

Heated exterior mirrors

Blind-spot monitoring system

3.6-liter V6 engine

Drivers Technology package

3.6 liter V6

 

Bluetooth connectivity,

7-inch touchscreen

Rear cross-traffic alert

HID headlights 

18” wheels with touring design Adaptive Cruise Control
 

Subaru's Starlink 6.2-inch touchscreen interface

Heated front seats

12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

Auto-leveling headlights 

Roof rails without crossbars Lane Departure Warning 
 

Rearview camera

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Keyless ignition and entry

Cross-Traffic Alert 

Adaptive Cruise Control   
 

Roof rails (with integrated cross bars)

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Leather upholstery

 

Leather Upholstery  
 

Air-conditioning

Eight-way power driver seat

Driver-seat memory functions

 

Heated Steering Wheel   
 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Voice controls

Four-way power passenger seat

  Navigation System  
 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Optional Adaptive Cruise Control 

Heated rear seats

  Lane Keeping Assist   

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The 2.5i Premium trim is perhaps the greatest bet in terms of cost and value for money. Power-adjustable and heated seats, rear privacy glass, and a long list of tech options, such as a larger touchscreen display and voice commands, are all included. There's also a long list of optional accessories to choose from if you need them. The Touring and Limited trims with the 3.6L engine, on the other hand, appear to be the better pick if you want more amenities and want streamlined performance.

2017 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

8.2/10

"The four-cylinder is slow to accelerate, and handling performance isn't fantastic. The Outback is much more adept when it comes to handling bumpy back roads or snowy highways"- Edmunds

2017 Subaru Outback Engine and Transmission 

The 2017 Subaru Outback comes with two engine choices. A 2.5L SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder engine is standard on all 2.5i models, while a 3.6L 6-cylinder engine is standard on 3.6R variants. The 2.5L engine has 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 3.6L SUBARU BOXER 6-cylinder engine adds an additional 81 hp of power and 73 lb.-ft. of torque.

2017 Subaru Outback Engine Bay

The ride has a CVT mode for gear-shifting, regardless of the engine. The CVT model is also available on the Honda CR-V LX, which has a 2.4L I4 16-valve DOHC engine. It has a power output of 184 hp and a torque output of 180 lb.-ft. For the basic trims exclusively, the Mazda CX-5 Sport has the most engine power (187 hp) and torque (185 lb.-ft.) in the league.

Models 2017 Subaru Outback 2017 Ford Escape  2017 Mazda CX-5 2017 Honda CR-V
MSRP $25,645 $23,750 $24,045 $24,045
Engine 2.5L 4cyl 2.5L i-VCT 2.5L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder 2.4L I-4 16-Valve DOHC
Transmission CVT 6-Speed Automatic 6-speed automatic CVT
Power 175 hp @ 5800 RPM 179 hp @ 6000 RPM 187 hp @ 6000 RPM  190 hp @ 5600 RPM
Torque 174 ft-lbs. @ 4000 RPM 177 ft-lbs. @ 2500 RPM 185 ft-lbs. @ 3250 RPM 179 ft-lbs. @ 2000 RPM

2017 Subaru Outback Acceleration

2017 Subaru Outback is capable of accelerating to 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds. Although sluggish, this is better than what its class rivals had to offer. The closest competitor is the Honda CR-V LX that takes 8.6 seconds to shoot to 60 MPH.

Models 2017 Subaru Outback  2017 Ford Escape 2017 Mazda CX-5 2017 Honda CR-V
0-60 MPH 7.1 sec 9.1 sec 8.9 sec 8.6 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec 16.8 sec 16.6 sec 16.7 sec
Engine 3.6L 2.5L 2.5L 2.4L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 6.3 7.3 6.5 6.3

Mazda CX-5 Sport and Ford Escape S are even slower than the Honda CR-V LX. Sport and Escape require 8.9 and 9.1 seconds, respectively for accelerating to 60 MPH. Subaru Outback covers a quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds, again the fastest among the competition.

2017 Subaru Outback Ride and Handling

The 2017 Subaru Outback has a quick CVT transmission and a capable all-wheel-drive system. Both the 2.5L and 3.6L engines are powerful. The 2.5L engine, on the other hand, struggles in circumstances where the vehicle is packed with people and luggage. The 3.6L engine fixes the problem, but it comes at the price of a smooth ride in super-slow traffic.

The 2017 Subaru Outback can get from0- 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds

Despite this, the 2017 Subaru Outback has even superior handling than the previous facelift. The rider can absorb all bumps and dips thanks to the excellent suspension. With a ground clearance of 8.7 inches and precise power steering, the Outback is a great off-roader.

2017 Subaru Outback Braking

The 2017 Subaru Outback features a 12.4-inch front brake and an 11.8-inch rear brake. Overall, the braking performance is mediocre at best. When decelerated steadily from 60 MPH, the ride takes 120 feet to come to a complete stop.

Model 2017 Subaru Outback 2017 Ford Escape  2017 Mazda CX-5  2017 Honda CR-V 
Brake Front(in) 12.4 12.8 11.7 11.1
Brake Rear(in) 11.8 12.0 11.9 12.6
Curb weight(lbs) 3580 3515 3527 3307
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 112 126 117

The Ford Escape has the best emergency braking distance of 112 feet from 60-0 MPH. The other competition manages a breaking distance of 117 and 126 feet, respectively, for the Honda CR-V LX and Mazda CX-5 Sport.

2017 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2017 Subaru Outback has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, which is outstanding and  gets 25 mpg in the city while it gives around 32 mpg on the interstate. In addition, the Honda CR-V LX has a combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg. The Ford Escape S and Mazda CX-5 Sport have combined fuel economy ratings of 24 and 27 mpg, respectively.

Model 2017 Subaru Outback  2017 Ford Escape 2017 Mazda CX-5 2017 Honda CR-V 
MPG (city) 25 21 24 26
MPG (highway) 32 29 31 32
MPG (combined) 28 24 27 28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

15.7

14.8

14

Range (city/highway/combined) (Miles)

463/592/518

330/455/376

355/459/399

364/488/392

When it comes to fuel capacity, the Subaru Outback trumps the competition with the 18.5-gallon fuel capacity. This means that the 2017 Outback can go 518 miles without filling up. It is closely followed by the 2017 Ford Escape with a 15.7-gallon fuel tank. 

2017 Subaru Outback Interior

8.6/10

"Subaru did a nice job updating the Outback's interior controls from the last generation. Beyond that, all the previous Outback goodness remains: plenty of passenger and cargo room and terrific outward visibility"-Edmunds

2017 Subaru Outback Seating and Comfort

New Java Brown perforated leather upholstery with contrasting ivory stitching is part of the new 2017 Outback Touring's improvements. All of the seats are comfy, but the spacious, reclining back seat is the highlight. Of course, this crossover SUV has lots of cargo capacity, which doubles when the seats are folded. Inside, it's also noticeably quiet, whether you're speeding or cruising.

2017 Subaru Outback Interior

Outback features seating for 5 people that is both roomy and practical. The front seats have 40.8 and 42.9 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. While the headroom is the best in the class, the legroom is second only to the Ford Escape's 43.1 inches.

Model 2017 Subaru Outback  2017 Ford Escape  2017 Mazda CX-5  2017 Honda CR-V
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.8/58.1/42.9 39.9/56.0/43.1 39.7/57.1/41.0 40.1/57.9/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.9/57.3/38.1 39.0/55.3/36.8 39.0/54.8/39.6 39.2/55.6/40.4

The 2017 Subaru Outback has 38.9 inches of headroom and 38.1 inches of legroom in the rear. When you consider that the maximum back headroom in the class is 39.2 inches, 38.9 inches is rather good. Among the class rivals, the Honda CR-V has the most legroom (40.4 inches).

2017 Subaru Outback Infotainment System

The 2017 Subaru Outback is equipped with a user-friendly infotainment system. It has a snappy 6.2-inch touch display that is standard. The screen has sharp visuals and a quick reaction time. It also features USB port and Bluetooth connectivity for connecting devices.

2017 Subaru Outback Infotainment System 

In addition to navigation and satellite radio, Siri Eye Free connectivity is available, allowing you to integrate some iPhone functions with the ride's voice recognition system. On the side and beneath the screen, are buttons and knobs that allow you to control audio and climate. 2017 Subaru Outback can accommodate as many as 5 persons. Both front and back seating are lavish and airy. Some interior features of the 2017 Subaru Outback are:

  • Great forward and side visibility
  • Heated front seats
  • Simplistic yet attractive and styling
  • Use of crisp metallic accents and soft-touch plastics
  • Optional seating upgrades

2017 Subaru Outback Cargo Capacity

Subaru did a good job revamping interior controls from the older generation Outback. Aside from that, everything of the prior Outback awesomeness is still here: There is plenty of space for passengers and goods, as well as excellent visibility outward. The Subaru Outback's load capacity is outstanding in the 2017 model.The vehicle can carry 73.3 cubic feet of freight at the expense of rear seats, or 35.5 cubic feet of goods with people in the back.

Model Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
Behind Front Row(ft.cube) 73.3 67.8 59.6 75.8
With 2nd row folded (ft.cube) 35.5 34.3 30.9 39.2

Ford Escape S and Mazda CX-5 Sport offers lesser 67.8 and 59.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, respectively. Honda CR-V, however, bests Subaru Outback with a maximum cargo capacity of 75.8 cubic feet.

2017 Subaru Outback Exterior

8.0/10

"The Outback Touring for 2017 adds some visual flair to what is already a solidly handsome crossover SUV. There's a unique-to-the-model Brilliant Brown color that looks good, even though "brilliant" is an odd adjective for brown"- Kelly Blue Book

2017 Subaru Outback Dimension and Weight

Outback SUV is a big car with 189.6, 72.4, and 66.1 inches of length, width, and height. In fact, its length is the maximum available in the segment. Ford Escape S, on the other hand, has the least length of 178.1 inches in the league.

Model 2017 Subaru Outback  2017 Ford Escape  2017 Mazda CX-5  2017 Honda CR-V 
curb weight(lbs) 3580 3515 3527 3307
Length(in) 189.6 178.1 179.1 180.6
Width(in) 72.4 72.4 72.5 73.0
Height(in) 66.1 66.3 65.3 66.1
Ground clearance(in) 8.7 7.9 7.6 NA
Wheelbase(in) 108.1 105.9 106.3 104.7
Track width(in) F/R 61.8/62.2 61.5/61.6 61.8/61.9 63.0/63.7

Probably the best part of the Outback's build is its impressive ground clearance of 8.7 inches. This adds some off-roader capability to the SUV. Indeed, the ground clearance is the best in the segment. The ride flaunts a wheelbase of 108.1 inches, which, once again, is the maximum one can get from the class.

2017 Subaru Outback  Exterior Features 

  • Weird-but-appealing wagon outline
  • Distinct hood curvature
  • More upright grille
  • Lower-body cladding
  • Steeper windshield pillar

2017 Subaru Outback Safety

9.6/10

2017 Subaru Outback isn’t rated by the IIHS albeit it flaunts an impressive NHTSA scorecard. The ride has been rated “5-star” for all NHTSA parameters leave for Rollover. It is the only parameter on the NHTSA chart for Outback to be rated with a “4-star.”

There aren’t a plethora of safety and reliability features available with the 2017 Subaru Outback. Nonetheless, it flaunts some powerful security features, including High Beam Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking.

Safety Features

  • Driver Assist Technology
  • Blind-Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert6 and Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
  • standard Rear-Vision Camera
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)4
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights

2017 Subaru Outback Competition

2017 Ford Escape vs 2017 Subaru Outback

Ford Escape is at the bottom of the pack with 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This is obvious in the ride's slow acceleration from 0 to 60 MPH, which takes 9.1 seconds. The Ford Escape S's beginning bid of $23,750 is probably the most competitive feature it has. The ride has the lowest combined fuel efficiency among the competition, at 24 mpg. Nonetheless, when decelerated from 60 mph, it is the quickest in its class to come to a complete stop.

2017 Ford Escape 

2017 Honda CR-V vs 2017 Subaru Outback

The Honda CR-V LX is another key rival to the 2017 Subaru Outback. The vehicle is powered by a 2.4L I-4 16-valve DOHC engine that produces 184 bhp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is used in conjunction with the engine. The Outback takes 1.5 seconds slower to reach from 0-60 mph than the Honda CR-V LX. The ride takes 1 second longer to traverse a quarter-mile than the Subaru Outback. The Honda CR-V is the league's lightest vehicle, weighing in at 3307 pounds. The vehicle achieves a combined fuel efficiency of 28 miles per gallon.

2017 Honda CR-V Image

2017  Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Subaru Outback

The Mazda CX-5 Sport has a starting price of $24,045. The ride is powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, just like the Subaru Outback. It does, however, produce somewhat more power, with 187 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. The Mazda CX-5 Sport is quite slow, taking 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. Mazda CX-5 Sport uses a 6-speed automatic gearbox mode to shift gears. The vehicle achieves a gas economy of 27 miles per gallon. It boasts a comfortable front seat and a spacious back seat. Among its class opponents, the ride has the smallest cargo capacity.

2017  Mazda CX-5

2017 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

With a plethora of outstanding features at its disposal, the 2017 Subaru Outback SUV is a clear champion in its class. The trunk space is more than adequate, the seating is spacious and comfortable, the furnishings are fantastic, and so on. So, there are a plethora of reasons why various customers choose SUVs. The Subaru Outback SUV is appealing to daily drivers since it allows them to enjoy short journeys as well as extended excursions. The 2.5i grades have a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, which attracts the attention of virtually anybody looking for a pleasant SUV ride with excellent efficiency.

2017 Subaru Outback FAQs

How much does the 2017 Subaru Outback cost?

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a Subaru Outback 2.5i is around $26,500. The Premium model costs roughly $28,500, while the Limited costs about $33,200. If you want the 6-cylinder engine, you'll have to spend an additional $3,000 for an Outback Limited or Touring, which are the only options.

What are the engine options available for the 2017 Subaru Outback?

There are two engine options available for the 2017 Subaru Outback with the 2.5L engine producing 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 3L 6-cyl engine is available on the Limited and Touring trims and comes with a power output of 256 hp and 247 pound-feet of torque.

What's new on the 2017 Subaru Outback?

The Touring model, which is the most expensive, has been introduced to the 2017 Outback range, and the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology system now includes reverse automatic braking and automatic high lights. Subaru Outback Limited models come standard with a sunroof and push-button start.

What are the main safety features of the 2017 Subaru Outback?

For a reasonable price, Subaru's optional EyeSight safety system combines adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. There are also blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alarms offered. Subaru has incorporated rear automatic braking for 2017.

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