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KBB’s 12 Best Holiday Road Trip Cars - One Feature Makes 2023 Subaru Outback The Top Pick

Is the 2023 Subaru Outback a good vehicle for a holiday road trip? See why Kelley Blue Book says it's the sixth-best model. There's one feature that makes it the best.


A new survey from says 80 percent of Thanksgiving travelers will drive. For families who do drive, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) picks the 2023 Subaru Outback as one of the best cars for a holiday road trip this year. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up and families hitting the road, KBB picked the 12-best vehicles for the holiday trip. Out of the top picks for consumers this winter, KBB says the Outback is the sixth-best model you can buy.

KBB says, "The 2023 Subaru Outback was seemingly made for family holiday road trips. Its wagon body shape allows easy entry and exit for all five passengers, while its high ride height gives it plenty of ground clearance for heavy snow. Besides, it's a Subaru, so all-wheel-drive is standard. The off-road ability of the Outback translates to a capable yet compliant ride on the road.”

2023 Subaru Outback
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KBB's 12 Best Holiday Road Trip Cars

2023 Toyota Sienna
2023 Kia Telluride
2023 Toyota Highlander
2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2023 Hyundai Palisade
2023 Subaru Outback
2023 Honda CR-V
2023 Ford F-150
2023 Toyota RAV4
2023 Ford Bronco Sport
2023 Genesis GV70
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Is the Outback good in the snow?

iSeeCars recently scored the 2023 Outback as the best small SUV for driving in the snow. iSeeCars says," The Subaru Outback sport wagon is the best small SUV for driving in snow and offers standard all-wheel drive while offering plenty of cargo space, especially for a compact SUV. Along with the Outback's standard Symmetric all-wheel-drive system, it has 8.7 inches of ground clearance to make it a capable hauler in snowy conditions.”

2023 Subaru Outback
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Our take: One feature sets the Outback apart from the other models

What makes the Outback the best pick for a holiday road trip? All Outback trim levels come standard with Subaru's X-Mode for added all-weather capability. And some trims come with the new dual-function X-Mode for more extreme winter conditions. The 2023 Outback XT and Wilderness trim levels now offer a Deep Snow and Deep Mud function for additional severe weather capability for a winter road trip.

Does the 2023 Outback get good fuel mileage?

The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2023 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 22/29 city/highway mpg and 25 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/32 mpg city/highway and 28 combined mpg.

The EPA says the 2023 Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 21/26 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg.

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Outback?

The 2023 Outback now comes in nine trim levels for U.S. customers; the base trim is priced from $29,620, Premium ($31,920), new Onyx Edition with a 2.5-liter engine ($34,720), Limited ($36,520), Touring ($41,070), Outback Wilderness ($39,670), Onyx Edition XT ($39,820), Limited XT ($40,920), and Touring XT ($43,520). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,225).

What are the 2023 Outback safety scores?

The 2023 Subaru Outback gets a five-star rating from the NHTSA and earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. The 2022 Subaru Outback also achieved the highest-ever score in its class for child occupant protection. The Outback is the only midsize car with the highest score in the new IIHS side impact crash test.

The 2023 Subaru Outback is an all-around good pick for families looking for a 2-Row Midsize SUV that has the utility of an SUV, drives like a car, has top safety scores, it's fuel efficient, is the best for winter driving, and adds another level of severe winter weather capability for families. KBB says it's among the top vehicles for a holiday road trip car.

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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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