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New Subaru Outback Continues To Impress And Why It’s The Top Performer

The 2022 Subaru Outback scores the best sales for Subaru of America again. See why the Outback is near the automaker's top spot, how it ranks with the top SUVs, and which trim is best for you.


Is the Subaru Outback one of the top midsize SUVs? Subaru of America reports the 2022 Subaru Outback was the top performer by volume with 14,219 vehicles in August. The Outback scores the best sales again and is now up 29.8 percent through the first eight months of 2021. The SUV-alternate Outback sold more models than Forester, with 12,688 sales in August for the second month in a row.

Subaru of America delivered 14,856 new Outback wagons to customers in July, a slight decrease of 4.3 percent in August. The Outback has 115,896 sales in 2021 and is close to taking the number one volume model from Forester with 120,888 sales year-to-date. Outback is now less than 5,000 units behind Forester.

2022 Subaru Outback features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage

Outback's 29.8 percent increase is still not as good as Crosstrek's 37.3 percent and the WRX and STI performance carline's year-to-date 40.1 percent increases.

The Outback is put in the midsize SUV segment and is impressive compared with the top models. In August, the Outback was the second best-selling model behind the Toyota Highlander, with 19,410 sales.

2022 Subaru Outback features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage

Through the first eight months of 2021, the Outback has sold more models than the Honda Pilot, Toyota 4Runner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Telluride, Kim Sorento, Hyundai Palisade, Ford Edge, and Mazda CX-9.

The Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer are the only midsize SUVs with more sales in 2021 than the Subaru Outback.

2022 Subaru Outback features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage
Why is the Outback in high demand?

The 2022 Subaru Outback wagon/midsize SUV sells quickly because the vehicle offers shoppers high value. The Outback provides excellent fuel mileage, standard all-wheel-drive, the highest safety crash scores, utility, and cargo-carrying ability, and is affordable.

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.

What is the 2022 Outback fuel mileage?

The 2022 Subaru Outback with the non-turbocharged 2.5-liter Boxer engine gets the best fuel mileage with an estimated 26/33 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2021 Outback XT with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine is next best in fuel efficiency with an EPA estimated 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.

The EPA rates the new Outback Wilderness the least fuel-efficient of the trim levels with an estimated 22/26 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg.

Which Outback trim is a good choice for you and the best value?

Check out our complete 2022 Subaru Outback model comparison in the link below and see which trim level is best for you.

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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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Kristina Allen (not verified)    September 17, 2021 - 1:05PM

I purchased a 2020 Outback Onyx XT April 2020. The driver seat where the seat adjustment knobs are positioned on a plastic panel has broken 6 times. The edge of the seat pushes on the plastic panel and it breaks. Is this a common problem with this year and model? If yes, has the problem design been changed for the 2021 and 2022? Thank you