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Subaru Outback - Consumer Reports Says It’s The 2nd Most-Loved 2-Row SUV

How well does the 2022 Subaru Outback satisfy its owners? According to Consumer Reports, see why the midsize SUV is ranked the second most satisfying 2-Row SUV. Check out the most loved model and its puzzling scores.


What are the most satisfying 2022 model year 2-Row SUVs? An updated study from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says the 2022 Subaru Outback is the 2nd most satisfying 2-Row SUV, loved by its owners. CR says they looked at how the new vehicles satisfied their owners in terms of happiness.

The 2022 Subaru Outback scored 85 points in the overall ranking among 2-Row SUVs and ranked number one of eleven midsize SUVs. The Jeep Wrangler scores only 30 points overall but keeps its owners the happiest of all 2-Row SUVs.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage

In CR’s ownership scores, the Outback is Subaru’s highest-ranked model and is one of the most satisfying, with an overall owner satisfaction of 90/100. The Outback gets a 90/100 for driving experience, 88/100 in interior comfort, 57/100 in value, and 88/100 in styling.

Consumer Reports says they ask car owners whether they would buy the same car again if given a chance, going into each model’s scores. Seventy-one percent of Outback owners said they would buy the vehicle again, and two percentage points lower than Wrangler.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing, fuel mileage

Jeep Wrangler gets puzzling scores

Wrangler is ranked number ten out of eleven midsize SUVs, yet the Wrangler owners are happiest with the vehicle. The Jeep Wrangler gets puzzling scores with a lower overall owner satisfaction of 80/100. The Wrangler only gets a 67/100 for driving experience, 44/100 in interior comfort, 38/100 in value, and a higher 90/100 in styling.

Wrangler had seventy-three percent of its owners saying they would buy the vehicle again. The Ford Bronco was the highest at eighty-two percent, but did not rank among the most satisfying 2-Row SUVs.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Outback?

Subaru recently raised the price of the Outback $800. The 2022 Outback base trim is now priced from $28,820, Premium ($31,020), Limited ($35,470), Touring ($39,370), Onyx Edition XT ($37,020), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38,870), Limited XT ($39,870), and Touring XT ($41,820). Pricing includes $1,175 destination and delivery fees.

What is the 2022 Subaru Outback fuel mileage?

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.

Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Subaru Outback the 2nd most satisfying 2022 model year 2-Row SUV you can buy now. Check out our complete Outback model guide and determine which trim level is the best value for 2-Row SUV shoppers.

The 2023 Subaru Outback arrives this fall. Check out the complete 2023 Outback model guide here.

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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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ASC (not verified)    May 29, 2022 - 7:41AM

Wrangler and Broncos are atypical automotive purchases by atypical buyers. They are like used Corvette buyers, they are willing to make surreal sums for them and their purchases are not motivated by logical decisions. Few will acknowledge the markup they were willing to pay yet alone lament their purchases.