The 2022 Subaru Outback is arriving now, but which trim is best for you? The 2022 Outback midsize SUV comes in eight different trim levels. Outback is available in Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, and four turbo models; Onyx Edition XT, Outback Wilderness, Limited XT, and Touring XT. Check out fuel mileage and new upgrades below.
What's new for 2022?
Customers don't have to buy aftermarket LED fog lights any longer. The newest upgrade for 2022 Outback are LED fog lights, now standard equipment on all trim levels. They should improve night-time visibility and safety in severe weather. In addition, 2022 Outback Premium trims now feature rear ventilation in the center console for enhanced climate control throughout the cabin.
The biggest news for the 2022 model change is the addition of the Outback Wilderness sub-brand. The new rugged SUV is the brand's new halo model designed for customers with active lifestyles. In addition, it comes off-road ready with additional upgrades. Read the Torque News full review here.
The 2022 Outback is the first Wilderness sub-brand model to be introduced by Subaru of America, with more new Wilderness models coming.
What is the 2022 Outback fuel mileage?
The EPA says the new Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 22/26 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg. The 2021 Outback XT with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg. That's a four-mile-per-gallon difference on the highway and two less combined mpg.
The 2022 Subaru Outback with the non-turbocharged 2.5-liter Boxer engine gets an estimated 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg.
The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has more wind drag, and the bigger wheels, all-terrain tires, and full-size spare all add to the vehicle's extra weight.
When outdoor enthusiasts load up their new Outback Wilderness with camping gear and put on a rooftop carrier or rooftop tent, the lifted wagon will be even heavier and less fuel-efficient. When you factor in the off-pavement use, the amount of fuel used will be even more.
What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Outback?
The 2022 Outback comes in eight trim levels; the base trim is priced from $27,845, Premium ($30,270), Limited ($34,720), Touring ($38,620), Onyx Edition XT ($36,270), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38,120), Limited XT ($39,120), and Touring XT ($41,070). Pricing includes $1,125 destination and delivery fees.
Please read our full breakdown of the eight 2022 Outback trim levels here.
Will there be shortages of the 2022 Outback?
Because of the microchip shortage and plant closures, Subaru of America has a limited inventory of some models like the Forester and Crosstrek. Still, the 2022 Outback is made in Lafayette, Indiana, and retailers have a good stock of the midsize SUV.
Torque News checked a large Subaru retailer near Denver, and they still have plenty of 2021 Subaru Outback models to sell customers, and the 2022 Outback has begun to arrive. In addition, the retailer already had two 2022 Outback midsize SUVs on the lot for customers with more new models on the way from the plant in Indiana.
Which 2022 Outback trims offer the best value?
The Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium and Limited trim levels are where the majority of buyers will be landing. Unless you need the Outback XT's extra power and off-pavement capability, you will pay around $4,000-$6,000 less for a comparably equipped 2.5i trim level and approximately $8,000 less for the Wilderness trim.
With fuel prices rising, the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine in the Subaru Outback Premium, Limited, and Touring trims is a good choice for many commuters who won't use their vehicle for off-road adventures.
The 2022 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium and Limited trim levels offer the best value for customers who spend most of their time in an urban setting. However, the XT and Wilderness trims are your best choice for those with more active lifestyles and will get you farther away from civilization.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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