Going off-road with the all-new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness trim will cost a lot more to get there. The EPA released the Outback Wilderness fuel economy numbers. The more rugged model with bigger all-terrain tires and raised suspension will be considerably less fuel-efficient than the standard XT trim with the 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine.
The EPA says the new 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. That’s a four mile per gallon difference on the highway and two less combined mpg.
The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has a lot more wind drag, and the bigger wheels, all-terrain tires, and full-size spare all add to the extra weight of the vehicle.
When outdoor enthusiasts load up their new Outback Wilderness with camping gear and put on a rooftop carrier or rooftop tent, the lifted wagon will be even heavier and less fuel-efficient. When you factor in the off-pavement use, the amount of fuel used will be even more.
Subaru offers the all-new Outback and Wilderness trim for those with active lifestyles who will use the new wagon/SUV for outdoor adventures. The lifted vehicle is built in Lafayette, Indiana, and will only be sold in North America.
Subaru of America and its retailers asked for the more rugged Outback wilderness, and Subaru Corporation delivered. WardsAuto says retailers saw that owners were modifying their vehicles for off-road use and asked the Camden, N.J. automaker to offer a more rugged model from the factory. Subaru Corporation delivered.
Part of the problem was the new Subaru warranty was voided by the aftermarket parts and do-it-yourself Overlanding projects customers were adding themselves to their all-wheel-drive Subaru vehicles. Now, the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will have factory-backed modifications that include full warranty coverage and won’t ruin the vehicles’ EyeSight driving assistance technology calibration.
There is a market for the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness trim. Outdoor enthusiasts and those with active lifestyles will pay more to get further away from civilization.
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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