2022 Subaru Outback

MSRP $29,145

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.1

Overall Rating

2022 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Subaru Outback is a fancy crossover SUV from Subaru, the Japanese marque that has been in the game for a long time now. The Outback itself has been around for a long time now. The Outback is generally aimed towards an audience who are more into ruggedness and off-roading. The Outback is a pretty capable off-roader, and the ruggedness is displayed conspicuously once you set your eyes on the crossover.

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Pros

Capable off-roader at a bargain with Subaru’s famous symmetrical AWD

Ample interior room and great cargo capacity

Plenty of tech features as standard

Unique styling

Cons

Underwhelming base engine

Not too great driving dynamics

Definitely less imposing than the rival SUVs

What's New?

Introduction of the all-new Wilderness trim, starting at a price of around $36,995, replacing the Outdoor XT trim 

Wilderness variant has high off-roading capabilities, including extra ground clearance, long-travel suspension, underbody skid plates, and dual-function X-mode AWD

Feature updates and minor upgrades


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29145

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

engine type

horsepower

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

176 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

8 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

108.1 in.

length

191.3 in.

width

73 in.

height

66.4 in.

curb weight

3657 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

109 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/NA/33 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Premium$29,145 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Subaru Outback in Arctic White color
Arctic White

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

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


Offered in various trims ranging from a host of price ranges and different powertrain options, Subaru has made sure to include a choice for everybody. A new trim also joins the party, aimed at offering even better off-road capability than ever before. The Outback is quite popular in the States, and for the right reasons. Coming in at a slightly elevated price tag, the Outback will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe,Nissan Rogue, and Kia Sportage.

2022 Subaru Outback SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Subaru Outback SUV Three Quarter Rear View

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Subaru Outback Features

With the introduction of the rugged Wilderness trim, the Subaru Outback maintains its list of 5 variants. Now that the Outdoor XT trim is out of the picture, it opens up the Outback to better off-road and on-road configurations, despite the lower trims also being fairly capable over light trails. The Subaru Outback remains a valuable purchase throughout its trims, adding only more value as you get to the higher trim levels.

Trims

Base

Premium

Limited

Onyx Edition XT

Wilderness

MSRP 

$27,070

$29,975

$33,500

$35,000

$36,100

Features

Naturally aspirated inline-4

In addition to/replacing features in the Base trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the Premium trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the Limited trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the Onyx Edition XT trim:

 

Symmetrical AWD

Optional navigation system

18” alloys

Full-size spare tire 

Front 17” and rear 18”

 

17” alloys

Leather seats

Power Liftgate

Turbocharged inline-4

Yokohama all-terrain tires

 

Cloth seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Adaptive Cruise Control

Automatic Climate Control

Dual function X-Mode AWD

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Telematics software

Optional vinyl seats

Optional premium synthetic seats

11.6” touchscreen

 

Cruise Control

Multi-zone air conditioning 

Front seat memory function

Gesture controlled liftgate

Raised chassis for increased ground clearance

 

Power folding outer rearview mirrors

8-way power-adjustable driver seat

Remote engine start

Onyx badging and accents 

Front skid plate

 

Keyless entry

Available Rockford Fosgate premium audio system

Heated front and rear seats

 

Off-road focused elements such as an anti-glare hood

*expected

We Recommend

The introduction of the all-new Wilderness trim makes for an exciting prospect in the Subaru Outback. Having received complaints from buyers for its underpowered engine, the turbocharged four-pot is now offered in two trims and not one, with the more expensive trim being heavily off-road focused. If you like exploring the unknown and taking light or heavy trail from time to time, there is no question whether the Wilderness variant is right for you. In addition to some extreme off-roading features, the Wilderness trim offers the best interior quality available in any trim of the 2022 Subaru Outback. If the rugged styling isn't to your liking, you could spend a little extra and spec-out the Limited and Onyx Edition trims, with the latter being the cheaper alternative to getting the more powerful motor.

Price:

The base Outback will start around $27,070, and as you go up the trims, the price will increase. Most trims would see the prices go up by about $200 or a bit more. Some trims can also see a higher price bump.

Release Date:

Subaru Outback is expected to be released this year around July. You can pre-order or reserve your 2022 Outback right now at Subaru’s official website, and it should hit dealerships soon.

2022 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

The Outback comes in two different powertrains. The base engine is a 2.5L flat-four-cylinder engine that spits out 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The next powertrain is a 2.4L turbocharged flat-4 which churns out 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. This is also the engine that will be used in the brand new Wilderness trim. Both of these engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). You also get AWD as standard on all the trims. The base engine is quite lazy. It takes around 8.5 seconds or more to boost up to 60 MPH from standstill, which is not an ideal proposition for cruising and overtaking on a highway. For normal city driving, it should suffice. The transmission is also unimpressive as it offers slower gear shifts and sluggish performance. The turbocharger definitely benefits the other engine, which is quicker than the base engine, but Subaru uses the same exact transmission, which once again, brings it down. 

2022 Subaru Outback SUV Engine Bay

While the Outback is fine for most city driving ordeals, where it generally shines is off the streets. The handling and capability to go on the most unfriendly terrains is very good. It is not meant to be a true off-roader in any sense, but for general light off-roading, the high ground clearance and the ride quality and comfort make it worthwhile. The Wilderness trim has 9.5 inches of ground clearance, skid plates underneath, and an excellent suspension, all of which make it a great off-roader. There’s also the various drive mode selector for nearly all conditions. Steering is also good and precise, and the occupants inside can feel comfortable, thanks to the suspension.

Models

2022 Subaru Outback*

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MSRP

$28,070

$26,850

$25,650

$23,090

Engine

2.5L Flat-Four

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

8-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM

185 hp @ 6,000 RPM

170 hp @ 6,000 RPM

181 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

176 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

175 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

175 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Outback is the only one that comes with AWD as standard. On paper, the power delivery on all of these SUVs is quite evenly matched. The Santa Fe just slightly gets the edge over the Outback with 3 more horses. The Nissan Rogue is the one trailing behind the pack. Acceleration is nearly identical, give or take, on all of the SUVs. Both the Rogue and Outback come with CVT, while the others offer normal automatic transmissions. When comparing the price tag, Subaru comes out to be the most expensive option at $28,070.

2022 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Outback, using the same powertrains, will also get the same fuel economy figures. The base engine of the Japanese SUV will get you around 26/33 MPG for city/highway driving and around 29 MPG for combined driving, which is a pretty respectable figure. The turbocharged engine, naturally, is a bit hungrier for fuel, and it will offer 23/30 MPG for city/highway driving and 26 MPG for combined driving. The Outback has been quite consistent in the fuel economy department and has impressed us with very impressive figures. With a gas tank of 18.5 gallons, the base engine will go for 481/610/536 miles for city/driving/combined driving, which is a huge range for anyone looking to travel across states.

Models

2022 Subaru Outback*

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MPG (City)

26

22

26

23

MPG (Highway)

33

29

33

30

MPG (Combined)

29

25

29

26

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

18.8

14.5

16.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

481/610/536

414/545/470

377/479/420

377/492/426

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Outback and Rogue offer the best fuel economy. But the Outback’s huge tank size allows it to have a massive range, outpacing all of its opponents. The closest vehicle which comes to the Outback in terms of pure range is the Santa Fe, and it still trails by 66 miles. The Rogue has the smallest range, owing to its small tank size of just 14.5 gallons.

2022 Subaru Outback Interior

7.0/10

High-quality materials are used often, and soft-touch materials are abundant. Subaru always focuses on offering a functional set-up instead of a fancy one. The Outback is no different. The dashboard design is not boring by any means, but it’s a far cry from being termed as “intriguing” either. A big screen adorns the center of the screen, flanked by the AC vents. But every trim other than the base trim comes with 10-way power-adjustable driver’s heated seats with 2-way power lumbar support. They also include a leather steering wheel. The high-end trims get heated and ventilated front seats with seat memory and an 8-way power-adjustable passenger’s front seat with a bottom cushion extension. The heated steering wheel is also standard alongside dual-zone climate control.

2022 Subaru Outback SUV Front Row Seats

The quality of the materials is pretty decent, and the ride is quite comfortable, even off the roads. Spacing is also not at all an issue for the front seat occupants. The rear seat occupants also enjoy thorough legroom and headroom, and except for very tall adults, most people should be fine. The Outback offers 32.5 cubic feet of cargo storage area behind the rear row, which is a very impressive figure to boast. All of your groceries, your weekend trips, your trip to the golf course will easily fit inside the car. If you want to go on a long trip, the Outback can handle all that luggage too. The rear seats can be folded in a 60/40-split to open up 75.7 cubic feet of cargo storage, which should be more than enough storage for anyone. In-cabin storage solutions are also plenty, with seatback pockets, door pockets, and other cubbies for small-item storage.

Models

2022 Subaru Outback*

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.1/58.1/42.8

41.2/59.1/44.1

41.1 57.1/43.3

39.3/57.1/41.5

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.1/57.4/39.5

39.0/58.3/41.7

39.2/55.9/38.5

39.1/55.1/38.2

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

32.5

36.4

36.5

30.7

*2021 MY data used for reference

The front row is quite spacious in all of the SUVs, but the Santa Fe boasts a little more room than the rest upfront. When it comes to the rear row, the Santa Fe, once again, offers the best room, but all of the SUVs are quite competitive. Talking about cargo capacity, all the cars offer more than 30 cubic feet, but the Santa Fe and Rogue offer the best spacing at around 36.5 cubic feet of space.

2022 Subaru Outback SUV Infotainment System

The base Outback comes with two stacked 7.0” touchscreens, but all the other trims come with Subaru’s STARLINK infotainment system with a massive 11.6” vertical screen. Subaru’s tried and tested infotainment system has mostly gained praise for being very responsive, crisp, and lag-free. It also comes with tons of standard features, which include SiriusXM Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, HD Radio, NFC, iPod control, STARLINK cloud applications, USB ports, and the high-level trim owners get to enjoy music from a 576-watt Harman/Kardon sound system. Major interior features include-

  • Available 11.6” touchscreen
  • Optional front and rear heated seats
  • Seat options include cloth, vinyl, leather, and synthetic leather
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate premium audio system
  • Optional Dimming package includes auto-dimming rearview mirrors all round

2022 Subaru Outback Exterior

8.0/10

The Outback has always been about off-roading, and the styling absolutely fits in with that sentiment. The bold and rugged nature of the Outback makes it quite fit for the job. A high ground clearance along with roof rails and underbody protection all offer a significant boost in the venture off the streets.

2022 Subaru Outback SUV Left Side View

The Outback has stylish headlights with all the cuts and angles. The grille is kept restrained and not too huge with the Subaru logo in between. The side is tall, owing to the higher ground clearance. The rear also looks rugged, with the angular taillights and the tough-looking and muscular body lines. 

Models

2022 Subaru Outback*

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,937

3,649

3,464

3,305

Length (inches)

191.3

188.4

183.0

176.4

Width (inches)

73.0

74.8

72.4

73.0

Height (inches)

66.1

66.3

66.5

64.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7

7.3

7.8

6.4

Wheelbase (inches)

108.1

108.9

106.5

105.1

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Wilderness trim takes it a bit further with even higher ground clearance, skid plates underneath, Yokohama tires, and a host of other accessories to make off-roading an adventure. They really want you to take the Wilderness to the wilderness. When it comes to curb weight, Subaru is the heaviest at 3,937 lbs. Some of the exterior features about the Outback are:

  • 18” aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Express open/close sliding and tilting laminated glass
  • 1st-row sunroof w/ sunshade
  • Metal-look power heated side mirrors w/ power-folding and turn signal indicator
  • Deep tinted glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers w/ heated wiper park
  • Power liftgate
  • LED brake lights

2022 Subaru Outback Safety

7.0/10

The 2021 Subaru Outback scored an excellent 5-star rating on the NHTSA tests and was also awarded the Top Safety Pick+ for 2021, for having excellent scores in IIHS tests as well. There will be no changes to the chassis or the exterior of the Outback, so we expect the scores to be mostly the same. So, the 2022 Outback should also have excellent safety ratings. Some of the features available in the high-end trims are:

  • DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • Brake Assist with Brake Override System
  • 180-Degree Front-View Monitor
  • STARLINK Safety and Security

2022 Subaru Outback Competition

7.0/10

2022 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

Some people, right off the bat, might appeal more to the looks of the Santa Fe rather than the Outback. The Hyundai vehicle has almost a similar level of performance, but it has a better interior and more spacing, which includes cargo spacing too.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is more oriented at being a family-friendly city or highway cruiser, while the Outback is more rugged and more oriented towards those who like to go off-roading. The Outback has better fuel economy, but other than that not much differentiates the two.

2022 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Nissan Rogue

The Rogue and Outback are both somewhat oriented towards off-roading, but there are differences. The Outback seems more rugged, while the Nissan Rogue seems more polished. The performance might be on par with each other, but the Rogue has better cargo capacity. Both also offer decent handling.

2021 Nissan Rogue

The interior is also pretty decent in both of them. Both also have comparable fuel economy figures, but the gas tank on the Rogue is smaller, which means the Outback takes the win. But other than that, both are very closely matched.

2022 Subaru Outback vs 2021 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is also a decent-looking vehicle which also offers performance on par with the Outback. The Sportage has an upscale interior, good fuel economy, decent range, and handling, but the Outback has it all too.

2021 Kia Sportage

It’s also a better driver on the road than off the road, unlike the Outback. Both are pretty closely matched, but buyers must decide what they want.

2022 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The 2022 Subaru Outback’s main attraction is the Wilderness trim, and anyone who loves venturing into the woods or off the grid should definitely check it out. The turbocharged engine offers a decent boost, and the fuel economy is friendly too. That said, the biggest highlight of the Outback remains its interior packaging. Overall space is also very appreciable along with big cargo storage. For those who want to explore and want a rugged SUV, they should look no further than the new Outback.

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