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2022 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 27, 2021

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T. Banerjee

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Over the past month, the Subaru Outback has reminded of its existence again in the rugged SUV segment with spy images and renderings of the 2022 Subaru Outback. The market is excited to welcome the all-new 2022 Subaru Outback in a new avatar, however, all the details have not been made public till today, we still have a mixed bag of opinion from all the industry experts. The 2022 Subaru Outback release date is confirmed by the end of March 2021.

The new 2022 Subaru Outback comes with minor design upgrades, that we will talk about in this article. However, what remains a talk of the town is the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness edition that will join the 2022 Subaru Outback trim line. The 2022 Subaru Outback will offer either a turbo or a naturally aspirated 2.5L inline 4 engine and prices are expected to range from $27,845 and $40,995 which make it a rival with the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2021 Nissan Rogue, and the 2021 Kia Sportage.

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Pros

Segment best reliability

Smartly priced

Superior handling

Cons

Typical styling 

Average engine performance

What's New?

Improved exterior design with a revised front grille, headlights, and bumper.

New Wilderness package edition option with more off-road elements.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26945

bodystyle

4dr SUV

drivetrain

all wheel drive

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures

exterior
interior

Trims

Base $26,945 Est. onwards

TBD

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Colors and Styles

2022 Subaru Outback in Crystal White Pearl color 2022 Subaru Outback in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal White Pearl

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


With a square grille, a large air intake, and sharp headlights, the 2022 Subaru Outback has amazing elements that it shares with Subaru's other models. But what makes it look like a wagon and an SUV is its muscular yet rugged body structure. The Subaru Outback is a comfortable SUV wagon that offers loads of practicality and has got some great off-roading skills. The facelifted 2022 Outback model brings design upgrades and different customization options to the Wilderness Edition model with suspension up-gradation and off-road equipment.

2022 Subaru Outback Pricing and Features

The 2022 Subaru Outback makes way for a new design with a revised front end and minor changes on the rear that remains uncovered till now. However, there is a new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness edition on offer this time which adds a chunky exterior with rugged character both inside and outside and is a good option if you want to buy the Subaru Outback.

Offered in 8 trims, Currently, the Subaru Outback trims are expected to be priced at $27,845 for the base version and will go up to $41,065 for the top trim. We do not have any official figures for the price of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness edition till today but will get it updated. All the trims offer a naturally aspirated 2.5L 4 cylinder engine with a turbo option on the same.

Trim

Base

Premium

Limited

Touring

Onyx Edition XT

Limited XT

Touring XT

MSRP (AWD)

$27,845 (Expected)

$30,145 (Expected)

$34,700 (Expected)

$38,600 (Expected)

$36,300 (Expected)

$39,095 (Expected)

$41,065 (Expected)

Key Features 

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Adds/Replaces these from Base

Adds/Replaces these from Premium

Adds/Replaces these from Limited

Adds/Replaces these from Touring

Adds/Replaces these from onyx Edition XT

Adds/Replaces these from Limited XT

 

SUBARU STARLINK Dual 7-inch Multimedia

Dual Zone Climate Control

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery

Power tilt moonroof

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Leather-Trimmed Upholstery 

Nappa Leather-Trimmed Upholstery

 

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

10-WAY power-adjustable driver's seat

18-inch alloy wheels

Satin Chrome finish ORVMs

Body-colored door handles

ORVMs with integrated turn signals

2-position Driver Seat Memory

 

Lineartronic CVT

Heated Front Seats

Power adjustable driver and front passenger seat

Ventilated Front Seats

StarTex water repellent upholstery

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

 

 

Hill Descent Control (HDC)

Dual Rear seat USB charging ports

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

STARLINK 11.6-inch navigation

 

 

 

Each trim has unique features on offer and adds value for money with the luxury and technology offered on the interior. You also witness an increased number of safety features as soon as you go above the Touring trim.

2022 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

There are two powertrains available for the 2022 Subaru Outback. It comes with a standard 2.5-liter flat-four engine generating 182 horses and 176-pound feet of torque. There is another engine option available, which is a 2.4-liter flat-four generating 260 horses and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines come mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and an all-wheel drivetrain setup. The powertrains will be the same for this model.

Besides this, the Subaru lineup will also include some performance-oriented trims with a Hybrid variant. With that, the Outback sprints to 0-60 mph quite nicely. It has a naturally aspirated unit so it completed the 0-60 mph in 8.5 secs. For the quarter-mile, it takes double of this i.e. 16.7 secs. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness edition will also have the same engine, but it will derive a detuned suspension and other off-roading elements that will offer better performance off-road.

Models

2022 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MSRP

$27,845

$26,850

$25,650

$23,090

Engine

2.5L Boxer-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT with modulated shifts

8-speed Automatic

CVT with automatic shift

6-Speed Automatic

Power

182 hp @ 5,800 rpm

185 hp @ 6,000 rpm

170 hp @ 6,000 rpm

181 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque 

176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH

8.5 seconds 

8.6 seconds

8.1 seconds

8.4 seconds

Quarter Mile

16.7 seconds 

16.5 seconds

16.9 seconds

16.5 seconds

While no alterations were done for the 2022 Outback's powertrain system, it still performs better than most of its rivals even with its base trim level. However, the availability of more performance-oriented models makes Outback a better family hauler.

2022 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

The all-new 2022 Subaru Outback shares the same engine and has similar power as the previous 2021 model. The MPG figures are also the same as the 2021 MY. Harboring a naturally aspirated unit, the car offers 26 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway, and 29 MPG combined. The CVT unit lets maximize the fuel efficiency without dulling up the driving experience. You can cruise the Outback for 536 miles combined range

Models

2022 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

MPG (City)

26

22

26

23

MPG (Highway)

33

29

33

30

MPG (Combined)

29

25

29

26

Fuel Capacity 

18.5 gallons

18.8 gallons

14.5 gallons

16.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

481/ 611/ 536 miles

414/ 545/ 470 miles

377/ 479/ 420 miles

377/ 492/ 426 miles

In terms of fuel economy, the 2022 Subaru Outback is leading the charts scoring a combined mileage of 29 mpg. However, it shares its first spot with Nissan Rogue. Following their lead, the Kia Sportage secures itself the second position. Last but not the least, the Hyundai Santa Fe sits at the bottom of the group but offers the highest fuel tank capacity amongst the competition.

2022 Subaru Outback Interior

Some of the really amazing attributes to mention about Outback's interior are comfort and excellent space. The dashboard of the car has a flowy design and simplistic lines that are all available with vertically-oriented touchscreen integration. The center console does not have many buttons or dials. It all gives you an easy-to-use interface. All in all, the 2022 Outback's persona is totally similar to the 2021 model.

When it comes to technology, the 2022 Outback is like a mirror image of the 2021 Outback. It owns a standard infotainment system displaying two 7-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, and four audio speakers. Alongside, you get an 11.6-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and navigation integration as optional. 

Model

2022 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1 / 58.1 / 42.8

41.2 / 59.1 / 44.1

41.1 / 57.1 / 43.3

39.3 / 57.1 / 41.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1 / 57.4 / 39.5

39.0 / 58.3 / 41.7

39.2 / 55.9 / 38.5

39.1 / 55.1 / 38.2

Comfort is a primary focus when there is a battle between the most popular family wagons. Hence, all the cars in the competition are at par with each other when it comes to comfort and interior amenities. However, the Hyundai Santa Fe is slightly privileged when it comes to roominess for its occupants specifically with its highest legroom space in both rows.

What are the Infotainment features in the 2022 Subaru Outback?

Along with the pleasant interior, the new Subaru Outback also features a number of technological equipment to play with during the drive. The 2022 Subaru Outback latest infotainment system includes features such as:

  • Dual 7 inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto Integration
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 2*USB Ports
  • Bluetooth with 4 Audio speakers
  • 11.6” Touchscreen infotainment (Optional)
  • 12 Speaker Harman Kardon Audio System (Optional)
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad (Optional)
  • Built-in navigation (Optional)

2022 Subaru Outback Exterior

Outback is surely a medium-sized SUV. But when you drive it, the car comes out as something of a small-sized as well as a medium-sized SUV. The Subaru lineup accommodates it between both types. It has been rumored that the 2022 Subaru Outback would be offering a new option, which would be a more rugged one. The Wilderness Edition Sports might feature knobby tires and underbody protection.

There's a front-end revamp too. But that might not be exclusive for the off-roading version. The Outback is a wagon that has entered 2022 with the same design yet upscaled from the 2020 one. It features a square grille, sharp headlights, and a big air intake. With a packed-up rear bumper and big fender flares, the car looks like an SUV. 

Model

2022 Subaru Outback

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Kia Sportage

Curb Weight (lbs)

3634

3649

3464

3305

Length (inch)

191.3

188.4

183.0

176.4

Width (inch)

73.0

74.8

72.4

73.0

Height (inch)

66.1

66.3

66.5

64.4

Ground Clearance (inch)

8.7

7.3

7.8

6.4

Wheelbase (inch)

108.1

108.9

106.5

105.1

Though the new look of the 2022 Outback has not been confirmed yet, with its 2021 year model, it has the highest ground clearance of 8.7 inches. Besides this, it is also the lengthiest wagon in the segment.

2022 Subaru Outback Safety

Again, no specific changes are happening to the new Subaru Outback. It will be more or less similar to the 2021 version. Besides this, a similar set of safety features will enhance the Outback. However, if you want to know some minor changes then here they are. There's an added seatbelt reminder facility for the front passengers along with the rear seat reminders as standard in the safety suite. Some major highlights to look at are as follows:

  • High Beam Assist (HBA) 
  • DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Reverse Automatic Braking 
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) 
  • EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • Brake Assist with Brake Override System 
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • 180-Degree Front-View Monitor
  • Rear-Vision Camera
  • STARLINK Safety and Security 
  • Whiplash-reducing front seats with height and tilt-adjustable head restraints
  • Anti-theft security system 
  • Seatbelt reminder for passenger
  • Rear Seat Reminder

2022 Subaru Outback Competition

Subaru Outback Vs Hyundai Santa Fe

The Subaru Outback is as capable as the Hyundai Santa Fe, however, the Santa Fe is more promising with its bold looks and an interior that matches premium SUVs. The Outback on the other side has a more rugged character that amplifies the exterior with a sporty design. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers more refined performance with its advanced engine options while it lacks in space and cargo capacity but it surely gets the job done.

Subaru Outback Vs Nissan Rogue

The Subaru Outback and the Nissan Rogue are both rugged-looking SUVs that come for a very close price. In terms of performance, the Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Outback both offer decent figures both lack a sporty engine. Both the SUVs offer rugged looks, decent handling, and have an upscale interior with ample room inside and the best cargo capacity in the segment. It is a close tie between both of these vehicles, however, if you are looking for an economical option then the Nissan Rogue can be a good choice for you.

Subaru Outback Vs Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a bit expensive when it comes to comparison but it holds its value for remarkable performance, good quality interior, and handsome looks. The Kia Sportage is surely a spec ahead when compared to the Subaru Outback. On the other hand, the Outback has a capable SUV that gets more practical features and is designed for adventure. Though, the Kia Sportage might miss your expectations with its poor fuel economy and cramped seating area.

2022 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The Subaru Outback wagon is set for an official release by the end of this month, however, it is expected to be on sale by the mid of the year 2021. It will be interesting to see how the new 2022 Outback Wilderness edition stacks up with the rivals and what all features it on boards. The same is the case with the price of the 2022 Subaru Outback, which is expected to be slightly higher than the previous model.

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