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Since the nineties when it was first introduced, like other legendary vehicles that get it right the first time the Subaru Outback has stayed fundamentally unchanged. Competing auto companies have had to make ongoing significant modifications to their vehicles to keep up with changing trends. The Subaru Outback has not had to deal with these nuances since it has always been more car-like, designed as a wagon and an SUV at the same time. The Outback still has an excellent 8.7 inches of ground clearance, matching taller, rugged SUVs that claim the Trail-Rated status.
The Outback has plenty of seating and storage room for a mid-size vehicle and boasts all-wheel drive and the ace "X-mode" for off-road driving. The 2017 Subaru Outback is still the wagon that everyone loves for its versatility and personality.
The 2017 Subaru Outback is more refined than other vehicles in its class and has come up in the world somewhat. The previously noisy interior has been muffled down to an acceptably gentle rumble. The 2017 model meets and exceeds the quality of much more expensive vehicles in its class time after time, making it the first Subaru Outback to do so.
Despite all these positives, the new Outback is thousands of dollars cheaper than all other vehicles in its class.
The new Subaru Outback for 2017 comes with your choice of four trim options and two engine choices. For the 2017 Subaru Outback, Subaru have added a top range Touring grade. The larger 3.6-liter engine is only available on the Limited and Touring grades.
2017 Outback 2.5i base models include power locks, power windows, power mirrors, air conditioning, a rearview camera, roof rails, cruise control and keyless entry. They even give you a 6-inch touchscreen with STARLINK infotainment applications such as Pandora and iHeartRadio. Plus, it's Bluetooth compatible.
If you choose to go with the Premium model of the 2017 Subaru Outback, you can enjoy taller wheels. The Premium trim has 17" wheels, along with a myriad of other options. A 10-way powered driver's seat is included, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For passengers, the Premium offers dual-zone rear air conditioning, and it gives you a 7" touchscreen instead of the standard 6". For additional fees, a moonroof, GPS navigation system or the Subaru EyeSight service can be added to the Premium model.
With adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance and lane departure warning, EyeSight is the newest in safety technology that is designed to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. New for 2017, EyeSight users can add on rear traffic and blind spot alerts. In addition, rear auto braking can be added, which will stop the vehicle while backing up if something gets in the way.
If you choose the Limited trim option, you can enjoy leather seating, blind spot monitoring, 18-inch super tall wheels, a powered rear tailgate, lane departure warnings, power/heated front seats and Harmon Kardon audio system with 12 speakers.
The addition of EyeSight, keyless entry, moonroof and the larger 7" touchscreen are all upgrade options.
The Outback now comes with brown leather and wood grain trim in the new range-topping Touring edition. This edition also features a lower profile roof rack and the larger 7" screen. The roof rack on this edition does not have cross members.
If you choose to get an Outback with the EyeSight service, it includes a center gauge display that is larger by an inch and a half. All models have trip and fuel economy displays.
Subaru is still the only choice for quality and durability in this class. You can still take your 2017 Subaru Outback off road and expect the same results as earlier models, despite the fact it's now more refined. It is still the premier wagon for its price class.
The 2017 Subaru Outback is still stylish and durable. While the looks are now more upscale, particularly after changes in 2015, it is still an Outback and still provides the same level of quality to its drivers.
The changes from top to bottom made the look of the Outback a bit tougher while creating more space on the inside. The new look is more SUV, and yet, it is sportier and more aerodynamic. Subaru changed the curve of the hood and front end to make it a little taller and they added shutters in the grille for fuel economy reasons. With everything a bit taller and a bit more arched, the Outback is a little meaner and a bit tougher.
The interior is stylish and up to date. The dashboard is huge and functional and while there is a lot of room for storage, it is broken up nicely by the wood trimmed glove box.
Both of the available engines are paired with all-wheel drive.
The base engine delivers 175 horsepower and 174 ft.-lbs. of torque. After 50 years, they still use their in-line flat 6-cylinder engine arrangement and why not? It works and it works well. It improves design and handling for the vehicle by lowering the center of gravity.
The larger engine option boasts that same flat 6 with an output of 256 horsepower with 247 ft.-lbs. of torque. Unlike previous years, there is no turbocharged Outback.
The transmission feels like a 6-speed automatic but is really a CVT with stepping technology that makes it act and feel like it is shifting through the gears with your foot on the clutch and hand on the shifter. The Premium edition comes with paddles that help make it up steep grades.
The 2017 Subaru Outback base model is rated to tow 2700 pounds and the Premium edition, 300 pounds more.
The new Subarus still enjoy the same high fuel efficiency, getting 30+ miles to the gallon highway and 20 miles to the gallon combined for towing and rugged terrain. This essentially gives drivers a spacious and roomy fuel-efficient crossover.
Trail handling and off-road ability have not always been a priority for the Subaru Outback, but in 2017, it takes a huge leap forward. The Outback now comes with the same all-wheel drive package and a brand new off-road system that has been exclusively in the Subaru Forester in the past. Individual wheel control, thanks to torque vectoring, now makes the Outback sprightlier and it delivers a higher performance in off-road situations.
With the all new X-Mode, the 2017 Outback changes from the road-bound vehicle it is known to be into a beast of off-road ability. Slight adjustments in pedal sensitivity, turning and other operational features make the Outback instantly off-road ready with a single click of a button.
Faster steering ratio and improved, softer dampers give the 2017 Subaru Outback a smoother ride and better handling all around. This coupled with new ventilated brakes and off-road ABS technology make the handling of the Outback great no matter what terrain you drive it on.
The Outback has moved up to the realm of luxury automobiles with its Premium trim packages. In fact, even the base edition is a quiet ride and offers some of the most spacious interior room for a vehicle in this class. Subaru beefed up the noise reduction features enough to allow the Outback to compete with the top luxury brands like it never has before.
While Subaru has made all these upgrades and increased the interior's overall length and width by 2 inches, the Outback is still basically the same external size as it has always been - no mean feat. New technologies and higher quality materials have changed the Outback into a class-leading vehicle.
While the Jeep Cherokee may have a bit more legroom than the 2017 Outback, overall, the interior is just roomier in the Subaru. The Outback still boasts a lot more room than the Ford Escape and still has the most cargo room in its class. It's a clear winner here.
The Subaru Outback got five-star ratings in safety from federal officials in every test, with rollover being the only 4-star to appear in those ratings, continuing Subaru's reputation for manufacturing top safety vehicles year after year.
Subaru made some improvements in their airbag systems, adding in a rollover detection system that can inflate side airbags. This helped the Outback achieve such stellar safety ratings and prove Subaru to be the manufacturer of the safest vehicles.
In addition to the safety ratings, EyeSight is Subaru's most advanced safety system ever, a leader in the industry. The price is not too high, allowing most drivers to afford the additional piece of mind.
Subaru has made it easy, as usual, to see where you are going. Due to the unique crossover design, the outside view is outstanding, allowing drivers to see much more of the road and their environment than any other vehicle in this class.