2017 Subaru Outback Walk Around

Outback is related to the Legacy sedan, though they share no sheetmetal. Handsome in an offbeat way, the wagon is easily recognizable as the Subaru Outback.

The 2015 redesign gave the wagon a more rakish, sweptback profile, but SUV overtones can be seen in its blunt front and upright grille. Active grille shutters help boost fuel-efficiency. Lower-body cladding gives the bodysides a rather rakish, emphatic aura.


Functionality meets a modest dose of style within the Outback’s cabin. An upright center stack reaches into a huge dashboard. Upper trim levels get tasteful wood trim, but underneath, they’re essentially dressed-up variants of the standard model.

Materials aren’t as luxury-minded as some comparable vehicles, but fit and finish are significantly better than in the past. Even so, the tendency toward lower-budget cabin development is evident. Some hard materials can be found, and control buttons might feel plastic-like. Subaru’s focus is on engineering, not luxurious interiors.

Even though it qualifies as midsize, seating space and cargo areas are substantial. At 38.1 inches, back-seat legroom falls around the middle for competitive models. Liftover height is relatively low, promising easier cargo loading. Cargo space totals 35.5 cubic feet.

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