Buy a Used 2016 Subaru Outback According To Consumer Reports

For a variety of reasons, a brand-new SUV might not be in your immediate future. However, you might also be casually looking for a well-cared-for-used SUV. If you’re considering a smaller used SUV, Consumer Reports recently published an article that should help you decide between the 2016 Subaru Outback and some luxury SUVs. You’ll likely be surprised by the SUV that Consumer Reports placed in the No. 2 position.

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According to Consumers Reports, they realized that there was a serious interest in used midsize SUVs. They decided they wanted to make shopping for your next used SUV a little easier so they put together a list the what they considered the best “Used Two-Row Midsize SUVs With the Best Fuel Economy.”

The review organization reports that the main thing they considered while putting the list together was each vehicle’s fuel economy when the vehicle first performed a road test for CR. 

Many people were surprised to see that the 2016 Subaru Outback was the second vehicle listed in the article. Many were even more surprised to see that it had beat out many of the luxury brands, including BMW and Lexus that typically top the lists.

Why Consumers Reports placed the 2016 Subaru Outback so highly on the list

Silver Subaru Outback vehicles move down the assembly line at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Indiana
The 2016 Subaru Outback | Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Considering the fuel efficiency was the main consideration when determining how the SUVs were placed on the list, it’s no surprise that the 2016 Subaru Outback landed in second place.

The vehicle’s owner’s reported fuel consumption is an impressive 26 mpg. That’s about four miles more to the gallon than any of the other vehicles on the list, including the 2016 Lexus RX which had the coveted top spot. The only vehicle in this class that of 2016 SUVs with a better fuel economy is the 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid which gets an average of 26 mpg.

Consumers Reports recommends looking for a used 2016 Subaru Outback that pairs the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with the continuously variable transmission. They also recommend looking for a vehicle that’s equipped with the EyeSight suite of advanced safety gear which was an optional feature in 2016.

Is the 2016 Subaru Outback right for you?

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Based on the 4.0 out of 5.0 reliability rating Consumers Reviews gave the 2016 Subaru Outback, you can be reasonably confident that this is a vehicle you can depend on to get you wherever you want to go. The vehicle has seating for five passengers and does not have a third-row seat like many SUVs. According to ISeeCars, you’ll have 73.3 cubic feet of cargo space from the rear hatch to the front seat. 

If you’re considering a 2016 Subaru Outback, U.S. News reports that in addition to the initial purchase price, you should anticipate spending about $4,200 per year which includes the average cost of insurance, routine maintenance, expected repairs, and fuel. 

Do you think that the 2016 Subaru Outback is the ideal vehicle for you?