2017 Subaru Outback

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2017 MODEL
$25,645 - $38,195 See Inventory Prices

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There is a formula that's helped Subaru Outback stay on top of the wagon segment. The formula is to offer an impressive cargo capacity with spaciously lavish interiors and an impressive safety score. 2017 facelift of the Subaru Outback further polishes the formula and emerges out as a winner, as always.

4 out of the total 6 Subaru Outback trims flaunt a 2.5L engine. The engine generates 175 hp of power and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. The remaining 2 trims support a bigger 3.6L engine, capable of producing 256 hp of power and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. Each SUBARU BOXER engine is complemented by a smooth Continuously Variable Transmission mode.


7.5/10
Features

 

6.4/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.4/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Subaru Outback receives direct competition from Ford Escape S and Honda CR-V LX. Mazda CX-5 Sport is yet another adversary to the Outback. 2017 Subaru Outback single-handedly outshines its competitors by means of excellent seating, impressive cargo capacity and intuitive tech features.

2017 Subaru Outback Features

7.5/10

A total of 6 trims are offered by 2017 Subaru Outback. These are namely 2.5i, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R Limited, 3.6R Touring, and 2.5i Touring. The 2.5 trims support a 2.5L engine, while the 3.6 trims come with a 3.6L V6 engine. 2.5i and 3.6R Touring trim are the least and most expensive trims, respectively. While 2.5i comes with an opening bid of $25,645, pricing options for the 3.6R Touring start from $38,195.

Trims

2.5i

2.5i Limited

2.5i Premium

3.6R Limited

3.6R Touring

2.5i Touring

MSRP

$25,645

$32,390

$27,695

$34,995

$38,195

$35,995

Features

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill holding assist
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Roof rails (with integrated cross bars)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Subaru's Starlink 6.2-inch touchscreen interface
  • Four-speaker sound system with a CD player
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • USB-iPod interface and various smartphone-integration apps
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front bumper under guard
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Leather upholstery
  • Driver-seat memory functions
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Rear air vents
  • Heated rear seats
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system 
  • Xenon headlights 
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Foglights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment)
  • Heated front seats
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Voice controls 
  • Bluetooth text messaging connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • An additional USB port and a six-speaker sound system
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Dark exterior trim
  • Fixed low-profile roof rails without crossbars
  • Simulated-leather extended interior trim
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel.
  • Driver Assist Technology package
  • Dark exterior trim
  • Fixed low-profile roof rails without crossbars
  • Simulated-leather extended interior trim
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Driver Assist Technology package 
  • 18-inch wheels, dark exterior trim 
  • Fixed low-profile roof rails without crossbars
  • Simulated-leather extended interior trim
  • Upgraded leather upholstery Heated steering wheel

We Recommend

In terms of affordability and value for money, the 2.5i Premium trim is possibly the best bet. You get heated seats and a good list of tech features.

2017 Subaru Outback Engine

6.4/10

"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

Engine and Transmission 

There are 2 engine options offered by the 2017 Subaru Outback. All 2.5i trims support a 2.5L SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder engine, while 3.6R trims come with a 3.6L 6-cylinder engine. The 2.5L engine produces 175 horsepower 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.

Models Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
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-Vlave DOHC
Transmission CVT 6-Speed Automatic 6-speed automatic CVT
Power 175 hp 168 hp 187 hp 184 hp
Torque 174 lb-ft 170 lb-ft 185 lb-ft 180 lb-ft

Regardless of the engine, the ride features a CVT mode for gear-shifting. Honda CR-V LX also offers CVT mode but features a 2.4L I4 16-valve DOHC engine. It is capable of producing 184 hp of power and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. Mazda CX-5 Sport offers the most engine power of 187 hp and torque of 185 lb.-ft. in the league for base trims only.

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 shooting to 60 MPH.

Models Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
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 fastest among the competition.

Ride and Handling

The 2017 incarnation of Outback flaunts a responsive CVT mode and an effectual all-wheel-drive system. Both engine options, 2.5L and 3.6L, are robust. However, the 2.5L engine fails to cope with situations where the ride is full of passengers and cargo. Though the 3.6L engine resolves the issue, it does so at the expensive of smooth riding in a super-slow traffic.

Nonetheless, 2017 Subaru Outback flaunts a handling that is even better than the previous facelift. The effective suspension allows the ride to absorb all bumps and dips it experiences. The responsive power steering feels light and a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, Outback is quite a casual off-roader.

Braking

2017 Subaru Outback has a 12.4-inch brake in the front and a smaller 11.8-inch in the rear. Overall, the braking power is average at best. The ride takes 120 feet for coming to a full halt when decelerated continually from 60 MPH.

Model Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
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

Ford Scape S offers the best emergency 60-0 MPH halting distance of 112 feet. The same for Honda CR-V LX and Mazda CX-5 Sport is 117 and 126 feet, respectively.

2017 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

7.7/10

2017 Subaru Outback offers an excellent combined fuel economy of 28 mpg. While the ride offers 25 mpg in cities, it delivers 32 mpg on highways. Honda CR-V LX also offers a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg.

Model Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
MPG (city) 25 21 24 26
MPG (highway) 32 29 31 32
MPG (combined) 28 24 27 28

Combined fuel economies offered by the Ford Escape S and Mazda CX-5 Sport are 24 and 27 mpg, respectively.

2017 Subaru Outback Interior

8.4/10

"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

Seating and Comfort

Outback has spacious and functional seating for 5. The ride offers an impressive 40.8 and 42.9 inches of headroom and legroom in the front. While the headroom is maximum in the segment, legroom is second only to Ford Escape, which offers 43.1 inches of the same.

Model Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
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

In the back, 2017 Subaru Outback offers a headroom and legroom of 38.9 and 38.1 inches, respectively. Considering that 39.2 inches are the maximum rear headroom in the class, 38.9 inches is impressive. Honda CR-V LX offers the best legroom of 40.4 inches among the class rivals.

Infotainment System

The 2017 avatar of the Subaru Outback flaunts a user-friendly infotainment system. It comes with a standard 6.2-inch touch display, which is responsive. The screen offers crisp graphics and a fast response. For connecting devices, the system offers a USB port and support for Bluetooth.

In addition to navigation and satellite radio, Siri Eye Free connectivity is available, allowing you to integrate some iPhone functions with the ride\u2019s voice recognition system. On the side and beneath the screen, are buttons and knobs that allow you to control audio and climate.

Interior Features

2017 Subaru Outback can accommodate as many as 5 persons. Both front and back seating are lavish and airy. Additionally, the ride flaunts:

  • 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

Cargo Capacity

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

The 2017 iteration of the Subaru Outback offers an impressive cargo capacity. The ride can hold 73.3 cubic feet of cargo at the expense of rear seating or carry on 35.5 cubic feet of cargo still having passengers on the rear.

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

8.2/10

"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"- KBB

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 Subaru Outback 2.5i Ford Escape S Mazda CX-5 sport Honda CR-V LX
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 Outback\u2019s 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.

Exterior Features 

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

2017 Subaru Outback Safety

7.0/10

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

NHTSA

Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Crash Rating 5 Star
Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side 5 Star
Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side 5 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Barrier 5 Star
Side barrier Driver 5 Star
Side barrier Rear Passenger 5 Star
Overall Side Pole Star Rating 5 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

2017 Subaru Outback Competition

Ford Escape S vs Subaru Outback

With 168 hp of power and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford Escape S sits at the bottom of the league. The ride also flaunts the least favorable performance among its class rivals. This is clearly evident from the ride\u2019s sluggish 0 to 60 MPH acceleration that takes 9.1 seconds.

Probably the best competitive thing that Ford Escape S can boast about is its opening bid of $23,750. The ride offers the least-in-league combined fuel economy of 24 mpg. Nonetheless, it is quickest among its class rivals to come to a complete halt when decelerated from 60 MPH.

Honda CR-V LX vs Subaru Outback

Another major competitor to the 2017 Subaru Outback is the Honda CR-V LX. The ride flaunts a 2.4L I-4 16-valve DOHC engine, capable of generating 184 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is coupled with a Continuously Variable Transmission mode.

Honda CR-V LX takes 1.5 seconds longer than the Outback for accelerating to 60 MPH. For covering a quarter-mile, the ride requires 1 second more than the Subaru Outback. Honda CR-V LX is the lightest ride in the league, billed at 3307 lbs. The ride delivers an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 mpg.

Mazda CX-5 Sport vs Subaru Outback

Pricing options for the Mazda CX-5 Sport start from $24,045. Like Subaru Outback, the ride features a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. However, it generates somewhat greater 187 hp of power in and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. Mazda CX-5 Sport is super sluggish, requiring 8.9 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH.

For gear-shifting, Mazda CX-5 Sport relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride delivers a mileage of 27 miles per gallon of gas. It has an average front seating and an airy rear one. The ride offers the least cargo capacity among its class rivals.

2017 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

2017 Subaru Outback SUV is a clear-cut winner in its segment with a galore of great features at its disposal. The trunk capacity is more than ample, seating is airy and accommodating, interiors are great, etc. So, there are just so many reasons why different buyers opt for the SUV.

For daily drivers, Subaru Outback SUV is pleasing, allowing to enjoy short rides as well as relish long cruises. The 2.5i trims offer an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, which gains attention from almost anyone aiming for a smooth SUV riding experience with a great mileage.

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

$25645

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.1 in.

length

189.6 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3580 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

35.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/32 mpg

highway range

592 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Subaru Outback in Wilderness Green Metallic color  2017 Subaru Outback in Venetian Red Pearl color  2017 Subaru Outback in Twilight Blue Metallic color  2017 Subaru Outback in Tungsten Metallic color  2017 Subaru Outback in Lapis Blue Pearl color  2017 Subaru Outback in Ice Silver Metallic color  2017 Subaru Outback in Crystal White Pearl color  2017 Subaru Outback in Crystal Black Silica color
Wilderness Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

6.4

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.4

Exterior

8.2

Safety

7.0

Driving

7.5

Comfort

8.2

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2.5i

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$25,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,645 MSRP (25/28/32) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

2.5i Premium

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$27,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $27,695 MSRP (25/28/32) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

2.5i Limited

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$32,390


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $32,390 MSRP (25/28/32) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

3.6R Limited

power
256 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$34,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $34,995 MSRP (20/22/27) 256 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.6 L, H6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring

2.5i Touring

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$35,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $35,995 MSRP (25/28/32) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

3.6R Touring

power
256 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$38,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.6R Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $38,195 MSRP (20/22/27) 256 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.6 L, H6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt all wheel drive 5 NA

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