Your 3 Smart SUV-Alternative Models Now - Subaru Outback Is Hard To Beat
The 2022 Outback is a vehicle that is hard to put in a vehicle category because it does so many things well. It's why the all-wheel-drive model is picked as one of the best SUV-alternative vehicles by Consumer Reports (by subscription). It's ironic; the "SUV-alternative" Outback is rated the number one of thirteen Midsize sport-utility vehicles by CR.
The three best Smart SUV Alternatives
CR picks the 2022 Outback as the best Wagon, the Honda Ridgeline as the best Pickup truck, and the Toyota Sienna as the best Minivan. All three are rated high in functionality, top safety scores, reliability, roads tests, and fuel mileage.
Why is the Outback your best pick?
Consumer Reports says, "The Outback wagon stacks up quite well against many small and midsized SUVs. Standard all-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and integrated roof-rack bars give it crossover credentials. It's lower than a comparable SUV, making it easier to use the roof rack, and a bicycle easily fits inside with the rear seat folded, and ride quality is impressive."
The 2022 Subaru Outback wagon/midsize SUV is popular because the vehicle offers shoppers high value. The Outback provides excellent fuel mileage, standard all-wheel-drive, the highest safety crash scores, utility, and cargo-carrying ability, and is affordable.
Because the Outback has a longer wheelbase (four inches longer than the Forester), the Wagon offers a smoother ride because the vehicle's corners cover a larger area. Therefore, bumps are less noticeable.
Do you need rugged?
Subaru of America just ramped up the off-road chops of the 2022 Outback. The 2022 Outback Wilderness takes the Wagon to a new level of off-pavement capability. You can read the complete report here.
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 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.
The 2022 Subaru Outback is a wagon but offers the utility and cargo-carrying ability of an SUV. Consumers who buy the Outback like its car-like ride not found in a typical SUV. Consumer Reports rates it the best in the category.
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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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