According to Consumer Reports (by subscription), with the new 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV in short supply this year, there are reliable used 2-Row SUVs you should put on your list. CR says the 2017 Subaru Outback ranks among the best for shoppers this spring.
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Consumer Reports says the Lexus RX, Subaru Outback, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Lexus RX, BMW X5, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Kia Sorento are the best 2017 model year 2-Row SUVs.
Why should the Subaru Outback be on your shopping list this spring?
Consumer Reports says, “Subaru’s popular Outback gained some welcome refinement with its 2015 redesign. Roomy and spacious, the interior is nicely finished, and the touch-screen infotainment system is a major improvement. The Outback rides very comfortably, and handling is plenty responsive and secure. Acceleration from the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the continuously variable transmission is adequate, and we measured 24 mpg overall, beating most midsized SUVs.”
What is the 2017 Outback fuel mileage?
The 2017 Outback with the 2.5-liter engine gets an EPA estimated 25/32 city/highway and 28 combined mpg with the automatic transmission.
What are the Outback’s safety scores?
The 2017 Subaru Outback earned the top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.
What do other studies say?
What sets the 2017 Outback apart?
The 2017 Outback is not a true wagon and appeals to a broader audience in the U.S. than ever before. It’s bigger than a traditional wagon, features more cargo capacity, has a higher ground clearance (8.7-inches), and comes standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather performance.
The SUV-alternative Outback also comes with more luxury than ever before. With the 2017 Touring model, consumers can get a rich Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery and exclusive woodgrain interior finish for the first time. The 2017 Outback also comes with a suite of safety features when ordered with Subaru’s Eyesight driver-assist system.
If you can’t find a 2022 Subaru Outback, check out the 2017 model year. Consumer Reports says it’s one of the eight-best 2-Row SUVs.
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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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