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5 Reasons Why Newer Subaru Outback Wins POV Of The Year Award

The 2021 Subaru Outback is at retailers now, but the New England Motor Press Association and WheelsTV say older models are worth buying.

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The New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) and WheelsTV just awarded the Subaru Outback the best Pre-Owned Vehicle (POV) among nine different vehicle classes. The Subaru Outback wins by a majority vote from the winners of electric cars, hybrids, SUVs, crossovers, sporty cars, light trucks, small cars, family cars, and luxury cars.

The Subaru Outback received a complete remodel for the 2020 model year, but the 2015-2018 Outback was chosen as the best model if you are looking for a pre-owned car. The judges give the top award to the Outback because they say the Crossover vehicle “has proven itself in day-to-day use for at least two years by providing dependable, trouble-free service and achieving exceptional customer satisfaction.”

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs

They also give the nod to the Subaru Outback for its all-wheel-drive capabilities. The New England winters are exceptionally snowy, and the Outback has proven itself highly capable with its Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

All Subaru Outback trims come standard with all-wheel-drive and 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and what sets the Outback apart from all other SUVs is its X-Mode all-weather and off-road technology.

2021 Subaru Outback, features, specs

X-Mode optimizes engine output. The CVT automatic transmission’s ratio position increases Active All-Wheel Drive engagement and uses enhanced control logic for the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system to reduce individual wheel spin.

When announcing the recipient of the award, WheelsTV CEO Jim Barisano stated, “It’s no secret that you have to be tough to endure New England winters. Like anyone who won’t back down from the toughest challenges, the Subaru Outback has proven itself to be reliable, hard-working, and ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at us.”

The NEMPA also gives Outback the award because it is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and received five stars from National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The 2021 Subaru Outback is at retailers now, but the New England Motor Press Association and WheelsTV say older models are a great choice if you are looking for a pre-owned model.

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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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Mario Cruz (not verified)    December 28, 2020 - 3:31AM

The first Subaru I ever drove was a 1981 Wagon with 'On-demand Dual-range 4 Wheel drive my brother's girl friend let me borrow for a ski trip drive from South Lake Tahoe, California to Salt Lake City, We hit a blizzard crossing Nevada on Interstate 80. The car performed so excellently, and was so comfortable for the whole drive, I was sold on Subaru. My first Subaru was a 1985 Legacy Wagon with the same 'On-demand 4WD. I am now on my 6th Subaru, a 2015 Outback Wagon; had an '87, '96, '01, '09, & now the 2015. All my Subbies went over 200K miles without a wrench put on them, just oil changes & normal maintenance. Nuff said?