2016 Subaru Outback review, engine, updates – The Outback is the biggest crossover SUV Subaru offers on the market which is not only a sensible car but also a great performer. However, the model is quite old and the engines powering it aren’t really on par with the rest of its competitors. The basic design will likely stay similar to that of the current model but the details as well as the engines are going to change. We are now going to get an even more comfortable car that will use a lot less fuel than before which is not only going to be faster but also easier to drive. Pricing for the new Subaru Outback 2016 was officially announced to the public.
2016 Subaru Outback redesign
The outside of the 2016 Subaru Outback will also change but only slightly. The rear end will offer a bigger windowed area while in the front, the current grille and headlights are going to be changed for something more similar to the new Impreza for a more composed look than before. There are nine exterior colors available: Carbide Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Twilight Blue Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl and Wilderness Green Metallic.
Subaru is also going to work a lot on the interior of the crossover SUV. While the current model offers quite a nice equipment level and material quality, the design is quite lacking. Because of this the new Subaru Outback 2016 is going to get a more minimalistic design with a lot of aluminum or wood accents which should give it a more premium note. Just like before, automatic climate control, satellite navigation or even electric seats are going to be standard while for the first time ever in the model’s history, it is going to receive a panoramic roof as well as seven seats!
Subaru Outback 2016 specs
We are also going to see a lot of improvements under the hood of the crossover SUV. The base 2016 Subaru Outback is expected to come with the current 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat 4 which is good for 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, while the old and not very fuel efficient flat 6 will also be available but only with Limited trim level. It is able to produce 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. All models come with Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission with 6-speed manual mode and paddle shifters. When it comes to fuel economy, models with the base engine, are good for 25/33 mpg (city/hwy) while the bigger 6-cylinder engine has fuel economy rated at 20/27 mpg (city/hwy).
|Engine type||2.5-liter DOHC||3.6-liter DOHC|
|Power||175 hp @ 5.800 rpm||256 hp @ 6.000 rpm|
|Torque||174 lb-ft @ 4.000 rpm||247 lb-ft @ 4.400 rpm|
|Transmission||Lineartronic CVT with 6-speed manual mode and paddle shifters|
|Fuel economy (city/hwy)||25/33 mpg||20/27 mpg|
|Fuel tank capacity||18.5 gal||18.5 gal|
2016 Subaru Outback price and release date
The base Subaru Outback 2016 should come with the same price as before. That means that price for this crossover SUV of $25,900 won’t change but the higher end model could cost a lot more than the current $33,000. This is mostly because it is very possible that 2016 Subaru Outback will get a new engine for the higher end model.
|Model/Trim||MSRP||MSRP + $850|
|Outback 2.5i Premium||$27.395||$28.245|
|Outback 2.5i Limited||$30.395||$31.245|
|Outback 3.6R Limited||$33.395||$34.245|
|Partial Zero Emissions (PZEV) models|
|Outback 2.5i Premium||$27.695||$28.545|
|Outback 2.5i Limited||$30.695||$31.545|