Subaru Outback gets small price increase and 3 new refinements for 2016
The 2016 Subaru Outback gets new refinements in safety, driving dynamics and infotainment. The new model also gets a modest price increase from $100 in the base 2.5i Outback to $400 for the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models. The 2016 Outback 2.5i, with a 2.5-liter Boxer engine and Lineartronic CVT with manual mode and paddle shifters, starts at $24,995 plus $850 destination.
What’s new for 2016?
The 2016 Subaru Outback gets several upgrades for the new model year. Outback now comes with new auto on/off mode that operates the windshield wipers with the headlights. Subaru engineers also retuned the electric power-assist steering to provide “an even more linear and natural feel.” 2016 Outback also gets new infotainment and safety upgrades.
New safety features
For 2016, the new generation EyeSight safety system adds a Lane Keep Assist function. Outbacks equipped with EyeSight crash prevention system now receive Lane Keep Assist, which the driver can activate with a steering wheel mounted switch.
The new enhancement to EyeSight activates above 40 mph if the EyeSight camera detects the vehicle drifting from the lane and a steering assistance control engages to direct the vehicle back into the lane. If the vehicle continues across the lane, Lane Departure Warning is triggered and audible and visual alerts are engaged. 2016 Outback Limited trims also feature standard Blind Spot Detection + Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which are included with the EyeSight option on Premium trims.
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New STARLINK safety and security
For 2016, Outback Premium and Limited trims now feature two new Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security packages. STARLINK Safety Plus package includes SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts. The STARLINK Safety Plus & Security Plus Package adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.
All 2016 Outback trim lines now feature STARLINK, Subaru’s in-vehicle platform that gives drivers entertainment services and hands-free connectivity. Owners can use their smartphones and tap into nearly unlimited entertainment with apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio Aha, and Stitcher. The technology can deliver live traffic alerts and helps reduce driver distraction by displaying texts and allowing the driver to use voice commands for music and navigation (when equipped).
Pricing for the Outback 2.5i gets a $100 price jump and starts at $24,995 plus $850 destination. 2.5i Premium gets a price bump of $400 and starts at $27,395, 2.5i Limited jumps $400 to $30,395 and Outback 3.6R Limited also gets a $400 price jump to $33,395. The 2016 Subaru Outback begins arriving at dealerships this summer.