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4 Reasons Why KBB Says The New Subaru Outback Is A Best 2-Row Family SUV

What are the best family cars of 2022? KBB says there are four reasons why the 2022 Subaru Outback scores tops in the 2-Row SUV category.


The best family cars of 2022 were announced by Kelly Blue Book (KBB), and they say the 2022 Subaru Outback is one of the top four picks in the Two-Row SUV category. KBB says there are four reasons why it's their top pick, along with the popular Honda CR-V, Hyundai Sonata, and top-selling Toyota RAV4.

Kelly Blue Book says, "The Subaru Outback has the capability and space of an SUV, the comfort of a wagon, and an impressive roster of safety features, including standard all-wheel drive."

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage
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Kelly Blue Book also says the 2022 Outback midsize SUV is their top pick in the 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. KBB predicted the 2022 Outback to have a 5-year cost-to-own of $43,973 (including the purchase price), which is $6,730 less than the Two-Row SUV segment average.

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.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage

What is the fuel mileage of the 2022 Outback?

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 EPA says the new Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 22/26 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg. The 2022 Outback XT with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.

What are the Outback's safety scores?

The 2022 Subaru Outback achieves the highest crash scores of any SUV. The Outback earned a Top Safety Pick + winner from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and all trims come with Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology.

What is the cargo capacity of the Outback?

The Outback has 32.5 cubic feet of cargo-carrying ability with the seats up; with the seats down, Outback offers 75.7 cubic feet. Outback has a total of 109 cubic feet of space inside. Outback has an ample 39.5 inches of rear legroom for passengers.

Our take on the 2022 Outback

The 2022 Outback has advantages over other 2-Row SUVs. You don't pay extra for the Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system; it is standard on all trim levels. The Outback also comes with 8.7-inches of ground clearance which no competitor exceeds. The midsize SUV also comes with X-Mode for all-weather winter driving and off-road excursions. The Outback XT has dual-function X-Mode for more severe weather and all-terrain capability.

The Outback is sometimes put in the wagon category but offers the utility and cargo-carrying ability of an SUV. Consumers who buy the Outback like its car-like ride not found in a typical SUV.

What are the best Outback trim levels for families?

The 2022 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium and Limited trim levels offer the best value for families 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.

Kelly Blue Book rates the 2022 Outback highest in the Two-Row SUV category, and the midsize SUV scores one of the four best new SUVs for families.

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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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