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Is The New Subaru Outback As Good As All Its Awards Say It Is?

The 2022 Subaru Outback keeps racking up awards. See why the Outback is the best wagon to buy in 2022.

Is the 2022 Subaru Outback as good as its awards say it is? The Outback keeps racking up awards and gets another from Car Connection's Best Car To Buy awards. The award is the third recognition the Outback has received in as many months. The Subaru Outback is their best wagon to buy in 2022.

Car Connection says, "The Subaru Outback hits that sweet spot for buyers with all-around capability, spacious interior, spotless safety record, and this year, a new lifted Wilderness version. If an automobile were a hiking boot, it would be the Outback."

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing

In November, Consumer Reports picked the 2022 Outback as one of the best SUV-alternative vehicles and rates it number one of thirteen Midsize sport-utility vehicles.

The 2022 Outback gets a new Wilderness trim level

In December, GearJunkie says the 2022 Outback is one of the nine best adventure vehicles you can buy. They said the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is the best wagon, and they call it the "Swiss Army knife of cars."

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing

Also, in December, two separate studies ranked the 2022 Outback as one of the best all-wheel-drive cars and SUVs for ice and snow this winter. A recent report from AutoGuide and another from iSeeCars ranked the Outback as an ideal vehicle for driving in severe winter conditions.

The 2022 Outback gets the top safety scores

The 2022 Subaru Outback earns the highest Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Consumer Reports says, "All Outback versions get the EyeSight safety technology with standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection; the blind-spot warning is optional."

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing

What is the fuel mileage of the 2022 Outback?

The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2022 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/33 mpg city/highway and 29 combined mpg.

The EPA says the new 2022 Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 22/26 city/highway mpg and 24 combined mpg. The 2021 Outback XT with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA estimated 23/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg.

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 coming for the 2023 Outback?

The 2023 Outback, in the fourth year of their life cycle, will get a refresh. Subaru typically gives its models a refresh with a new front fascia outside (headlights, bumper, hexagon grille), unique interior upgrades with fabric changes inside, and a new exterior color. The midsize SUV will also get new safety technology. New models should arrive in the late summer of 2022. Check out more details in the link below.

The Outback gets another award, and Car Connection says it's the best wagon to buy in 2022. Whether it's called a wagon, midsize SUV, or crossover, the 2022 Subaru Outback is as good as all the awards say it is.

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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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Jim (not verified)    January 6, 2022 - 11:59AM

The car may be winning awards but I would not buy again. I have a 5 Month old outback limited xt with 5000 km.
In those 5 months the GPS has quite working, the emergency braking has engaged twice when the road was totally clear of traffic and everything else, the radio intermittently loses the station, a terrible rattle, fuel door wouldn't open on more than one occasion, twice the engine has briefly stopped while driving,
I have had quite a few new cars over the years and no problem with a single one but my first subaru is my last.

Russell Casey (not verified)    January 8, 2022 - 12:31PM

We have owned a 22 Outback Touring XT for over 6-months. It has been excellent. The only downside is the gas mileage. Wish it was higher.