2022 Subaru Outback in RI

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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 ’22 Outback’s Base trim is impressively outfitted with LED steering-responsive headlights, LED fog lights, raised roof rails, keyless entry, one-touch auto up/down driver’s and front passenger’s windows, paddle shifters, dual front USB ports, automatic climate control, and a 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback. The version of Subaru’s STARLINK Multimedia system in this trim has a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a four-speaker sound system. This entry-level trim also gets the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite (adaptive cruise control with lane centering, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist).


The Premium earns its name with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, front and rear windshield wiper de-icers, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual rear UBS charging ports, and a retractable/removable cargo cover. It also upgrades to the STARLINK Multimedia Plus system with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, six speakers, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. What’s more, it’s eligible for the available moonroof, hands-free liftgate, PIN-code keypad, push-button start, integrated navigation, and blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.


Like the Premium, the Limited qualifies for the optional moonroof and integrated navigation, but its standard equipment list includes the hands-free liftgate, PIN-code keypad, push-button start, and blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. In addition to all that, this mid-grade trim adds a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, leather upholstery, heated rear outboard seats, position memory for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and one-touch auto up/down for all four windows. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system replaces the six-speaker unit, and reverse automatic braking is included as part of the active safety suite. Buyers can elect to install a driver attention monitor.


The Touring gets the moonroof, heated steering wheel, navigation system, and driver attention monitor, along with chrome exterior accents, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather seats, a CD player, and a 180-degree front-view monitor.

XT Versions (Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring)

The main difference between the XT variants and the four trims listed above is that the XTs get more power, thanks to a 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine making 260 hp. The Onyx Edition XT also has black exterior trim and water-repellent upholstery; the moonroof, navigation, and reverse automatic braking system are available. The Limited XT gets leather seats, a moonroof, a heated steering wheel, position memory settings, navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, a driver attention monitor, and reverse automatic braking. The Touring XT has chrome accents, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather, a CD player, and a 180-degree front-view monitor.


The rugged Wilderness is equipped similarly to the Onyx Edition XT, but with 9.5 inches of ground clearance (the others have 8.7 in.), Yokohama GEOLANDER all-terrain tires, exclusive front and rear bumpers with integrated tow points and extended lower cladding, hexagonal LED fog lights, and stronger roof rails that can support up to 700 lb. of static weight (meaning that you can pitch a rooftop tent on it while it’s parked).

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.