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2016 Subaru Outback Introduction

The 2016 Subaru Outback is the perfect car for taking the family on a trip into the outback. Outback takes the middle road between rugged SUV and modern crossover. It’s a distinctive choice for shoppers who aren’t entirely happy with familiar SUVs or crossover models, but need more capability than a sedan might offer.

A full redesign for 2015 enhanced the Outback’s family-focused nature. For 2016, there are few changes. Several new features have been added to the EyeSight active-safety system on 2016 Subaru Outback models.

Based on the Legacy sedan, with the same powertrain and trim-level choices, Outback offers abundant interior space, configurable to suit the user. Owners can also benefit from the convertible roof rack.

Two engines are available: a 175-horsepower four-cylinder comes on Outback 2.5i versions, while a 256-horsepower six-cylinder comes on Outback 3.6R versions. Both come with a CVT.

A rearview camera is standard in all models. Upper trim levels can have Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, upgraded for 2016, adding Lane Keep Assist. Above 40 mph, it can detect when the Outback is drifting out of its lane, then apply steering assist to nudge it back into place.

2016 Subaru Outback models are available with a new subscription-based Starlink Safety and Security system, with such services as emergency SOS and automatic collision notification. A Security Plus Package adds stolen-vehicle recovery and locator, and remote locking/unlocking.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates four-cylinder fuel economy at 25/33 mpg City/Highway. The 3.6R six-cylinder version is rated 20/27 mpg.

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