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Car and Driver Says New Subaru Outback, BRZ Are Now The Best In Category

What are the best SUV/wagon and the most affordable sports car in 2022? Car and Driver says the two Subaru models are the best in their category.


Subaru of America announced that two models win best in their segment in the Car and Driver 2022 Editors Choice awards. The all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ sports coupe and top-selling 2022 Subaru Outback wagon/midsize SUV is among the best in their respective segments.

The 2022 Subaru Outback wins the best station wagon, and the 2022 Subaru BRZ is picked as the best affordable sports car.

What sets the 2022 Outback apart from other station wagons?

2022 Subaru Outback, 2022 Subaru BRZ
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Car and Driver says the Outback wins the best wagon award for its “lifted suspension, it provides better ground clearance (8.7-inches), cargo friendly interior, and has plenty of tech features.” The C&D verdict says the SUV-alternative 2022 Outback lures buyers with its “rugged appearance and wins them over with its roomy, ever-practical station wagon interior, and comfortable ride.”

What is the price of the 2022 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.

The 2022 Subaru Outback is Subaru of America’s second best-selling model in the all-wheel-drive lineup. The all-new 2022 Outback Wilderness is the newest trim level and more rugged than standard models. You can read the complete Wilderness trim level report here.

Why does the 2022 BRZ win the most affordable sports car?

Car and Driver says the BRZ wins the most affordable sports car award because “it’s small and light, stronger and more responsive four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine, and delightful handling traits.” The C&D verdict says, “The BRZ remains true to its affordable and fun-to-drive nature, which is a boon to fans of that formula.”

What is the price of the 2022 BRZ?

The next-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ Premium trim with a 6-speed manual gearbox has a starting price of $28,955. BRZ Premium with an automatic transmission starts at $30,555. The Limited (6-speed manual) has a starting MSRP of $31,455. The Limited with an automatic transmission starts at $33,255. All pricing includes destination and delivery fees.

The next-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ sells as fast as retailers can get their hands on them. See why the sports coupe may be the hardest to find model among all cars in our new report here.

Car and Driver says the 2022 Subaru Outback and the all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ are the best new models for 2022 in their category. Tom Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, says, “Our mission as an automaker is to deliver vehicles that are built to the highest standards of safety, performance, and technology.”

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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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