The Outback's elongated body is longer than that of a Forester and the roof is lower, giving it an unmistakable station-wagon profile, but with a shot of adventuring prowess added. The lifted ride height, pronounced wheel-arch moldings, contrasting black cladding on the front and rear bumpers, and raised roof rails give away its intentions. This is further underscored by sensible wheel sizes with high-profile tires that won't be scared off by a dirt track. Base and Premium trims have machine-finished two-tone alloy wheels and the Wilderness has black alloys - and all of these are 17 inches in diameter. The other trims get 18s - black on the Onyx Edition and two-tone machine-finished on all the others.
All trims get LED headlights and LED foglights. Base, Premium, and Limited trims have a black grille and chrome window surrounds, but the Onyx's exterior is completely blacked out. The Limited and Touring get satin-silver front lip treatment - we won't call it a lip spoiler on a lifestyle vehicle - and the Touring also gets chromed mirror caps. A power moonroof is standard on the Touring, Onyx Edition turbocharged (XT) models, and the Limited XT. All trims from the Onyx Edition and up get a standard hands-free power liftgate; it's optional on the Premium and not available on the Base at all.
The Wilderness is a completely different kettle of fish with its higher ground clearance, aggressive honeycomb-pattern front bumper cladding, unique grille and headlights, copper-colored exterior accents, and all-terrain tires. On the Wilderness, the front foglights are each composed of six LEDs arranged in a hexagon.
The dimensions of the Subaru Outback vary a little by trim, although all models have a 108.1-inch wheelbase. Most trims have a length of 191.9 inches, a width of 74.2 inches, a height of 66.1 inches, and a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, but the Wilderness' differences make it a touch shorter, wider, and higher off the ground at 191.3, 74.6, 66.9, and 9.5 inches, respectively.
The approach and departure angles are 18.6 and 21.7 degrees for all trims but the Wilderness, which ups these specs to 20 and 23.6 degrees, respectively. The Base is the lightest, with a curb weight of 3,641 pounds, and the Touring XT is the heaviest at 3,946 lbs.
|Subaru Outback Trims||Base||Premium||Limited||Onyx Edition||Onyx Edition XT||Wilderness||Limited XT||Touring||Touring XT|
|Max Width||74.2 in.||74.2 in.||74.2 in.||74.2 in.||74.2 in.||74.6 in.||74.2 in.||74.2 in.||74.2 in.|
|Length||191.9 in.||191.9 in.||191.9 in.||191.9 in.||191.9 in.||191.3 in.||191.9 in.||191.9 in.||191.9 in.|
|Height||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.9 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.|
|Wheelbase||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.||108.1 in.|
|Subaru Outback Trims||Curb Weight|
|Onyx Edition||3,743 lbs.|
|Onyx Edition XT||3,940 lbs.|
|Limited XT||3,931 lbs.|
|Touring XT||3,946 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||17" x 7"|
|Rear Wheel Size||17" x 7"|
There are ten exterior colors for the Subaru Outback but not all are available on all trims. The Base is offered in five no-cost colors only and they aren't much to write home about: Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, and Cosmic Blue Pearl. The Onyx Edition adds to this list the attractive Autumn Green Metallic. The Premium and Wilderness both have the same choices as the Onyx Edition, but the Premium adds Brilliant Bronze Metallic and Crimson Red Pearl to the list, and the Wilderness adds the trim-exclusive Geyser Blue instead. The Wilderness also has a non-glare matte-black longitudinal hood decal. The Touring gets the same palette as the Premium, but replaces Brilliant Bronze Metallic with Dark Mahogany Pearl. The Limited trim gets access to the entire palette - except, of course, the Wilderness-exclusive Geyser Blue. We think Autumn Green Metallic goes perfectly with the Wilderness vibe.
The dark shades hide the contrasting black body cladding somewhat, but we do like Cosmic Blue Pearl on the normal trims. On the Wilderness, we cannot help but opt for the very in-character Autumn Green Metallic.
None of the Outback's colors cost any extra money.
A power tilting/sliding moonroof is standard equipment on the Onyx Edition, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, Touring, and Touring XT. It's optional on all the other trims except the Base.
The Base and Premium both run on the same two-color machine-finished 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited and Touring share the same two-color machine-finished 18-inch units. The Onyx Edition gets black 18-inch alloys, and the Wilderness wears special matte-black 17-inch alloys shod with all-terrain tires.