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Subaru Outback Is Now At The Top Of All New Midsize SUVs This Year

The 2022 Subaru Outback is now among six new models with extraordinary success. See how the Outback rose to the top of all midsize SUVs.


How successful is the 2022 Subaru Outback? In a recent S&P Global Mobility market trend report, the Subaru Outback, Tesla Model 3, Toyota RAV4, Tesla Model Y, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Jeep Grand Cherokee rise to the top of their respective segments or maintain their leadership position. All six models have had an extraordinarily successful first half of 2022.

Subaru Outback rises to the top

In the first six months of 2022, S&P Global data shows more than one of every three midsize SUV registrations was a 2022 Subaru Outback. In June 2022, more than four of every ten segment buyers acquired an Outback midsize SUV. In June 2022 current year-to-date segment share was 11 percentage points higher than runner-up 2022 Ford Edge.

2022 Subaru Outback, Outback Wilderness features, specs, pricing
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Why is Subaru Outback successful?

The Outback appeals to a broad audience because it's bigger than a traditional crossover SUV, features more cargo capacity, has a higher ground clearance (8.7-inches), and comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather performance. Outback also offers X-Mode for additional off-pavement performance.

In addition, Subaru of America now offers the more rugged Outback Wilderness trim level for outdoor enthusiasts. Check out the new Wilderness report below.

Should customers wait for the 2023 Subaru Outback?

The 2023 Outback midsize SUV gets new updates with a redesigned front fascia, the latest version of EyeSight safety technology, and a new wide-angle mono camera. Subaru also updated Outback's multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Outback, manufactured in Lafayette, Indiana, is not losing its appeal. Many customers are waiting for the newly-upgraded 2023 models.

The 2023 Outback Onyx Edition is now available with the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine. Before, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine was the only engine you could get.

2022 Subaru Outback, Outback Wilderness
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What is the price of the 2023 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 $1,225 destination and delivery fees.

Is the Outback fuel efficient?

The fuel mileage of the 2023 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is an EPA-estimated 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.

When will the 2023 Subaru Outback arrive?

Subaru of America says the 2023 Outback will be in U.S. showrooms this fall. Subaru has its new configurator available for customers to build their personalized model online.

According to Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), production of the 2022 Outback stopped, and the all-new 2023 Outback began rolling off assembly lines the week of August 17. The 2023 Subaru Outback could be more successful than the outgoing models.

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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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