Crossover & Midsize

The 2017 Subaru Outback Is a Winning Wagon

Critics and consumers alike appreciate the Subaru Outback for delivering as both a wagon and mid-size SUV. Furthermore, the Outback is an excellent option to buy used because of its high resale value and dependability. And as you’re shopping for a used Outback, you’ll notice that the 2017 version is a winning option.

Driving a used 2017 Subaru Outback

Subarus stand out for their boxer engines, which support better handling. With the 2017 Outback, there are two engine selections. The standard model gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175-horsepower. This option is OK for scooting around town, but it often feels draggy. On the plus side, though, the four-cylinder gets up to 28 mpg. 

For faster acceleration and more power, it’s worth shopping for models with the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 256-hp. Each engine is linked to a continuously variable transmission. Plus, all-wheel-drive is standard on the Outback too. 

You will also appreciate the Outback if you’re interested in mild off-road adventures. The Outback’s high ground clearance makes it an ideal choice for hitting the trails. All Outbacks feature Subaru’s X-Mode, which enhances its off-roading performance. 

On the inside 

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On the inside, the Outback is simplistic and comfortable.
2017 Subaru Outback | Subaru

Like other models in the Subaru lineup, the Outback has an inviting, simplistic car cabin. The Outback can comfortably seat five people, and even adults will be happy in its back row. Its standard cloth seats are remarkably cushiony too. If you want a more upscale interior, you can shop for the Limited trim models that have leather upholstery and wood trimmings. The Outback Limited also includes a 12-speaker stereo and heated rear-seats. 

For the most amenities, shop for the Outback Touring trim. The Outback Touring features Subaru’s active safety features suite, EyeSight. But if you can do without these advanced features, you’ll be fine with the standard Outback which has Bluetooth connectivity, a touchscreen display, and a rearview camera. 

The 2017 Outback is award-winning 

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A 2015 Subaru Outback on display
Subaru Outback | Eric Thayer/Getty Images

The 2017 Outback earned numerous awards for its high reliability and safety ratings. The IIHS named the Outback a Top Safety Pick+, its highest honor. This wagon’s top scores also helped it win numerous buyer’s choice awards. Kelley Blue Book named the 2017 Outback as one of the best family cars of the year. The Outback’s focus on comfort and value is also why U.S. News considers this 2017 model as the best family-friendly wagon for experienced and new drivers.  

Recall actions

While the 2017 Outback is considered a dependable vehicle, you should know there are four safety recall actions on this model. Two of the recalls related to the Outback’s steering. The other two were for potential concerns with its airbags and suspension. 

Owner satisfaction 

U.S. AUTO SHOW - 2016 Subaru Outback
2016 Subaru Outback | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Satisfaction among Outback owners is generally pretty high, according to Consumer Reports. Owners are most satisfied with their wagon’s comfort, value, and style. Most are happy with the way the Outback drives too, but note that acceleration is slow.