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2012 Subaru Outback Overview (See Available Styles)

The 2012 Subaru Outback is a versatile family vehicle with a strong safety reputation that combines car-like handling with SUV-like capability.

Often recognized as an early crossover pioneer, the Outback gets new audio options for 2012 along with new option packages for wheels and winter convenience.

The Outback offers two performance levels based on a choice between two of Subaru’s famed Boxer engines. The 2.5i model has a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter H4 engine that can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or CVT transmission (Limited trim only). The 3.6R models feature a 256-horsepower 3.6-liter H6 engine. The Boxer is a “flat” design that positions the cylinders opposite each other on a horizontal plane.

Every Subaru model is equipped with standard all-wheel-drive and offers more ground clearance when compared to conventional wagons and many crossovers. These SUV-like features make the Outback a favorite in regions with inclement weather and with outdoor recreationalists who travel over unpaved roads to camping grounds and remote locations.

With the rear seat folded down, the Outback boasts more than 71 cubic feet of cargo space. The front bucket seats are large and supportive while rearward passengers enjoy a 60/40 split rear-seat that can recline for added comfort and a generous amount of rear legroom.

Three trim levels are available for the 2.5i and 3.6R models: base, Premium, and Limited. Standard features include tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 16-inch wheels, power side mirrors, air conditioning, and AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary jack. The base 3.6R adds 17-inch wheels, body colored side mirrors, and rear privacy glass. Options include power seats, leather upholstery, Bluetooth® connectivity, a USB port with iPod control, a voice-controlled navigation system, moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. For those who live in areas with harsher climates, the All Weather Package provides heated front seats, a windshield de-icer, and heated outside mirrors.

The Subaru Outback is a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it has scored four out of five stars in all government crash tests. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control.

The 2012 Subaru Outback is sportier than most wagons and just as practical as many 5-seat compact SUVs. That versatility is often a perfect fit into many car shoppers’ active lifestyles.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 18 - 22 MPG
  • Highway: 25 - 29 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: ****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

60 of 63 (95%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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