The 2017 Subaru Outback features a new, top-of-the-line trim Touring Trim model, adding exterior and interior enhancements, as well as an updated EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite.
The 2017 Subaru Outback two-row midsize crossover features exclusive all-wheel drive, two engine options, and six trim levels.
The Subaru Outback crossover adds a new range-topping magic size to the lineup, featuring a dark gray grille, 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined finish with dark gray accents, along with silver finish roof rails, lower body side cladding, and Outback badges in a chrome finish. Subaru has also added Brilliant Brown to its list of exterior color options.
Inside, the new Touring model provides a new Java Dark brown perforated leather trim with contrasting ivory stitching on the seats, door panels, and armrests. It also features a unique woodgrain cut with piano-black panel accents. Standard features on the newest edition to the Outback lineup include a heated steering wheel and the automaker’s StarLink infotainment system on a 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation.
Power for all 2017 Subaru Outback models comes from a 175-hp 2.5-liter flat-four that delivers 174 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.6-liter six-cylinder that pumps out 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft. Both engines are paired with a CVT with a manual mode and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The 2017 Subaru Outback comes standard with front, side, and curtain airbags, ABS brakes, brake assist, daytime running lights. Subaru’s Vision Drivers Assist Technology package is available on all versions aside from the base model and includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, sway caution, and street keeps assist. Available on the 2.5i Premium super model tiffany Livingston’s and standard on the rest of the lineup is Subaru’s blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. High beam assist is obtainable on all models excluding the base model and comes regularly on the 2.5i Touring and 3.6R Touring. Reverse automatic brake (when you’re reversing and the car detects an obstacle) is usually only offered for the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Small versions, while it shows up a standard on the 2.5i Touring and 3.6R Touring models. All models but the foundation model get a standard high-resolution rearview camera.
Although there aren’t any significant changes to the 2017 Subaru Outback, the additional safety features and Touring trim level will help keep the Outback competitive in the ever-growing midsize crossover segment. The interior features plenty of high-quality materials throughout the cabin, and the infotainment program that was updated for the 2016 model year is user-friendly and intuitive. The log cabin itself offers flexibility with its reclining, split-folding back chairs.
In a 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited long-term review, we thought that the model felt adequately powerful for typical Southern California driving. Not only was it fuel efficient with a Motor Trend tested rating of 24.1/31.0 mpg city/highway, but offers higher gas economy compared to other four-cylinder AWD crossovers that have gone through Real MPG testing, including the 2015 Honda CR-V Touring AWD, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL AWD, and 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD.