The 2012 Subaru Outback is a mid-size crossover that boasts Variable Torque Distribution AWD. Engine options consist of a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and an optional 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 256 hp. The base engine can be paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT, while the upgraded engine can only be paired with a 5-speed adaptive electronic automatic transmission. Fuel mileage for the base model is an EPA estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Features include 10-way adjustable power driver's seat, heated front seats, moonroof, remote engine starter, 9-speaker audio system and navigation. Safety is comprised of dual-stage deployment front/passenger airbags, side-curtain airbags, rollover sensor, rear-vision camera, vehicle dynamics control, traction control and anti-lock braking. The Outback is backed by a basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Subaru has given the Outback a minor update for 2012. Outback Premium models get a new standard stereo featuring six speakers, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, iPod control capability and Bluetooth connectivity. Outback Limited models feature a new 9-speaker display-type audio system by harman/kardon. Buyers opting for the Alloy wheel package on 4-cylinder models will now also get the cold weather package, which was only available on Limited and Premium models last year.
Stylish design; roomy, comfortable interior; powerful engine lineup; great gas mileage
The Outback is made for outdoorsy drivers, and when optioned with the base 2.5L engine and the CVT, starts under $23,000 and provides great gas mileage. Even the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited, with its powerful 6-cylinder engine, leather seats and standard harman/hardon stereo system, starts at right around $30,000. All Outbacks, regardless of trim level include standard all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, traction control and air bags, as well as such niceties as power mirrors and cruise control.