2022 Subaru Outback in RI


For almost 30 years, the Outback has been a huge part of Subaru’s reputation for making solid and capable cars that can handle just about any kind of weather. This five-passenger sport-utility wagon offers spacious accommodations for people and cargo and gets high marks for its low load floor. The Outback can tow up to 3,500 pounds, making it ideal for most single-axle trailer loads. For the 2022 model year, the all-wheel-drive Outback gets even stronger off-road credentials with the introduction of the Wilderness trim. Boasting a 9.5-inch ground clearance—greater than that of many pickup trucks—the Wilderness variant also features specialized wheels, tires, and body gear designed for smooth running off the pavement.

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Trims and Powertrain

The 2022 Subaru Outback comes in six trims: Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, and Wilderness. For the Base through the Touring, power comes from a 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine making 182 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) manages the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. According to the official EPA fuel economy estimates, the Outback with the base powertrain gets 26 mpg around town and 33 mpg on the highway.

The Onyx Edition XT and Wilderness get a power upgrade with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque (it gets the same CVT). The EPA estimates for the Onyx are 23 city/30 highway and 22 city/26 highway for the Wilderness.

Standard Features and Packages

Standard equipment for the base Outback includes automatic climate control, reclining 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, a manual tilting/telescoping steering column, automatic on/off (windshield wiper-linked) headlights, steering-responsive LED headlights, an electronic parking brake, and a keyless entry system. Some advanced driver aids are also included (see the following section for more details).

The Outback Premium adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a ten-way power driver’s seat, a larger (11.6-inch) infotainment screen, heated front seats, and LED fog lights. An optional package adds additional safety features (see details below), keyless access with push-button start, and a hands-free power rear gate. A second option package adds these extras as well as navigation and a power moonroof.

The Limited gets leather seating, an eight-way power front passenger’s seat, driver’s seat and mirror position memory, an upgraded audio system, heated rear outboard seats, keyless access with push-button start, a hands-free power rear gate, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The optional package for this trim will add a heated steering wheel, navigation, a power moonroof, and driver distraction mitigation.

The Touring gets all of the standard and optional features mentioned under the Limited, plus Nappa leather upholstery and ventilated front seats. The Onyx Edition XT begins with the key features of the Premium and adds water-repellent upholstery, trim-specific 18-inch black-finish alloys, keyless access with push-button start, a hands-free power rear gate, and X-MODE enhanced traction control. The trim’s sole option package adds navigation and a power moonroof.

The Wilderness Edition

The Wilderness beefs up the Premium for more off-road use. It has a raised suspension, unique front and rear bumpers with integrated tow points, 17-inch matte-black wheels with all-terrain tires, hexagonal LED fog lights, high-capacity roof rails, and water-repellent upholstery. Keyless access with push-button start and a hands-free power rear gate are also included. This trim’s bundled option adds navigation and a power moonroof.