2017 Subaru Outback Review, Redesign, and Release Date

Even though there are many vehicles competing with the 2017 Subaru Outback but few come close to the position held by this one. Although the Subaru Outback is classified as a midsized wagon, it does offer more ground clearance than most SUVs we’ve reviewed, and it’s a lot more rugged. It’s an alternative choice for anyone seeking a reasonably priced yet rugged crossover.

Subaru has introduced their ritzier Touring model for 2017 which adds a little more style for reasonably reduced utility. But the company has bumped the safety credentials this year by adding reverse automatic braking to what was already an award-winning EyeSight package.

2017 Subaru Outback

The Outback 2017 has around the same amount interior space as the Ford Edge or even the Kia Sorento. The lower roof makes loading gear easier on top. The rugged nature means that the Outback 2017 makes it a vehicle for the outback or the occasional campsite a few miles off the interstate.

2017 Subaru Outback Exterior Design

8.7 inches of ground clearance, and enough room to fit five passengers the Outback 2017 is available in six trims i.e. 2.5i Limited, 2.5i, 2.5i Touring, 2.5i Premium, 3.6R Limited, and the 3.6R touring. The figures preceding each type of trim indicates the engine capacity.

Standard equipment with the 2017 2.5i Outback includes AWD, 17-inch alloys, a hill holder, hill descent control, rearview camera, automatic headlights, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, roof rails, a height adjustable seat for the driver. In terms of overall aesthetics, we tend to think that it falls right in line with just about every SUV / Crossover we’ve reviewed for 2017. Subaru is not known to take design risks, and so they stick with what works which in this case it’s just slightly changing the design of the 2016 Subaru Outback. Interestingly very little or probably next to nothing has changed between the 2016 and 2017 models except for a few extras.

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2017 Outback features a spacious interior

Subaru Outback Interior Design

Air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity. A large 6.2-inch touchscreen, four speaker system, CD player and the option to integrate any smartphone are all standard features of the 2.5i Outback Standard. Though the touchscreen requires having a bit of dexterity especially long pressing the radio preset button if you want to program it. But we found the system generally easier to use.

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Since the Outback is billed as an alternative to crossovers and SUVs, you’ll find the 73.3 cubic feet of cargo area a pleasant surprise. We like the fact that it’s easier to load items because it’s slightly lower. Another thing we like is the rubber cargo tray which otherwise is an expensive dealer add-on.

Passenger seating space of the 2017 Outback is similar to a midsized sedan. So, it’s comfy, especially the back seat. The overall noise level and interior quality is slightly better than the 2016 Outback and the Subaru Forester. We like the soft touch materials used which are missing in the Forester. Read more here.

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A well-designed instrument cluster coupled with a 6 – 7 inch touch screen interface.

2017 Subaru Engine Specifications

The 2.5i trim is accompanied by a 2.5 liter horizontally placed, four-cylinder engine. It has a good 175 horsepower and outputs 174 pound-feet of torque across all four wheels via the CVT transmission. Our testing showed that the Outback 2017 could easily go from 0-60 in under 10 seconds or more like 9.6 seconds. Yes! It’s comparatively slow because other compact SUVs tend to be faster. However, the engine does ensure 28 mpg for city and 32 mpg on the highway. If you desire more power, we recommend that you pick up the 3.6 liter 3.6R trim with a six cylinder engine outputting 254 HP with 247 lb-ft of torque. Though the EPA fuel economy figures show 20 mpg for city and 27 for highway driving. So, it’s either fuel economy or speed when choosing the Outback.

A 2.5 Liter engine capable of 0-60 in under 10 seconds.
A 2.5 Liter engine capable of 0-60 in under 10 seconds.

 

Specs

  • Wheelbase: 9 ft. 0.1 in
  • Length: 15 ft. 9.6 in
  • Width: 6 ft. 0.4 in
  • Max Speed: N/A
  • 0-60 mph: 9.6 seconds
  • Passenger volume: N/A
  • Storage volume: 73.3 cubic feet
  • Curb weight: N/A
  • MPG: 28 mpg for city and 32 mpg on the highway
  • Available exterior colors: Crystal Black Silica, Carbide Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Twilight Blue Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, Wilderness Green Metallic, Crystal White Pearl
  • Towing capacity: 2700 lbs

Price

The suggested retail price is $26,520. The premium edition should set you back $28,570.

2017 Outback Release Date

The 2017 Subaru Outback is out right now and can be purchased or leased.

2016 Audi A7

Audi has been doing a lot of updating and refreshing this year, and one of the models to receive a facelift is the 2016 Audi A7 car. We have managed to find out this information due to some leaked spy photos which have shown us that the A7 is the next model in line to receive a certain update. This will be a great addition for the A7 as they plan to enhance their entire lineup in the same way and will be releasing more models after this one.

The facelift is not going to an extensive one and we are not going to see something extravagant in the making. There are only bland changes made to the outside of the car which does not affect the appearance of the car in large extent. The inside receives even less as the update includes some new colors and added features, but no serious and big reshaping done. The infotainment system is new thou and may be an exciting added factor to the model.

2016 Audi A7 front angle, headlights and grille

But under the hood, there is a lot more action for the 2016 Audi A7 made than compared to any other part of the car. The engine is going to have a few more ponies under its belt and will be able to hash out a higher performance rate than the current model. So with this update you also get a choice between three diesel and two gasoline options that are available. Unfortunately, not all of them will be available for the US market, but in order to find out which ones do get to make it read the review and additionally find out the details regarding the price and the release date.

2016 Audi A7 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2016 Audi A7 exterior facelift

As we mentioned, the exterior update for the 2016 Audi A7 does not add much to the model that we saw before. What has changed are only a few details that are new for this model but do not change the concept in a significant manner. Yet they do make the A7 a bit more fresher than before which makes this a good change as this is the whole point of a facelift. The grille at the front has been shaped up a bit by adding eight horizontal bars now instead of seven from before and also sharpening up the corners a bit making it more edgier. The front end does not stop there as the headlamps have been revamped a bit by reshaping them and by adding LED features. The LED lighting comes as standard for this car and it uses the Matrix LEDs  which are available as an at-cost alternative.

The back side for the car also has some changes to it. The apparent ones are the parts added to the taillight. There is a bumper which is new, although it does not look that much new despite in being so. The tailpipes are also added and include a pair of trapezoid shaped pipers which are integrated into the diffuser. All in all, this is a fitting change for the car which will make it much more appropriate now and extend its use.

Interior

The inside has the same lack for detail as the other parts of the new 2016 Audi A7 for this update. They are keeping it short inside the car as well and except the update added to the infotainment system there isn’t that much going on inside. The facelift offers us a newer and faster version of the infotainment system that comes in handy but that’s pretty much it.

2016 Audi A7 leather seats and steering wheel

As far as we are concerned, the bigger news concerns the color changes which have been made for the car. This time the model comes available with five extra color choices that you can choose for the seats and combine it with the also newly offered materials. Offered materials include Valcona leather and aluminum or Beaufort walnut inlays. A final and optional choice is the MMI radio operating system which you can get with a optional heads-up display which gives you the information on the windshield.

Powertrain choices for the 2016 Audi A7

The great thing about the 2016 Audi A7 engine chicories is that all of them have received a power boost and have been updated in a manner that they are stronger than before. The bad news is that not all of them will be available for the crowds in America to enjoy. The base version is going to be the  3.0 TDI Clean Diesel which makes 218 horsepower.  We also get two more brawnier diesel options with the updated Clean Diesel  at  272 horsepower and the bi-turbo  that has 320 horsepower.

2016 Audi A7 engine

Audi A7 also gets a supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine, which is good enough for a production level of 333 horsepower, which has been increased from 310 hp from before. The info about the torque numbers is still not available so we are waiting for Audi to come up with those any time soon. The transmission choices, on the other hand, remain the seven-speed S Tronic and an eight-speed Tiptronic, while the base engine can be paired with a quattro all-wheel-drive.

Price and release date

The starting base price of the base version of the 2016 Audi A7 is going to be set at $65,900. The prices change depending on the engine that you get and the highest valued one will cost a total of $82,900 as base MSRP. The release date for the car is set for mid 2016 and we can expect it to come out till July.

2017 Mitsubishi Evolution

Making an appearance this year is the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution. This is already an established brand coming from Mitsubishi which is going to bring back some of the features which have made the car popular. The model has been in talks for a comeback and a lot of people have announced already for last year. But in fact the Evolution finally becomes available now and will get to be released come the start of the year.

The Mitsubishi Evolution brand was first issued in 1992 and after that came four generations of the model was also able to release ten different models. A lot of those models have not only won the hearts of fans over the years but it has also won a lot of awards which just shows how far has the car actually gone. What the main point of every Mitsubishi Evolution car is that every new model has improved upon the previous one with added features and refinements.

The newest 2017 version of the Evolution car is going to have a tough stance and come back with more power. We can actually say that it brings a physics defying performance and brings back a style which perhaps might be dated but still holds its own. But the refinements have still to be done, namely on the inside. The interior of the car still has some low quality materials which deserve to be upgraded and they should have spent some more time on the details of the car.

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Exterior Redesign for the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution

The 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution received a light update this time. The car brought back the look from the original model which has not evolved so much as the name said. When the original model was designed the front end or rather the nose of the car was modeled by a shark. Being an ultimate predator the same was intended for the Evolution car. But after a few generations and not changing anything about it the look has become a bit stale. They are still keeping this kind of look which is a hallmark for the brand and that is okay, but there are still a lot of elements which could have changed.

The car is only getting minor tweaks here and there for the exterior. The idea is to keep the car as aggressive as it is and maybe go even further. The car manages to retain these characteristics and adds some more. There are sharp corners and the car also looks wider which all adds to the aggressive style of the car. The look may be a bit stale but we can say that the car manages to keep it acceptable at least for a period of time.

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Interior Changes and Updates

The car’s interior keeps the same formula as the outside of the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution. The car makes its best to keep the old elements intact and just adds a few of the new ones which really do not bear enough weight. the model retains the hollow plastic materials and also uses the basic components from before which have not changed. That is the first mistake and we could have used a bit of carbon fiber additions and even perhaps some Alcantara to make the car seem at least more fashionable.

A good thing about the car is the addition of the Recaro seats which provide enough comfort for the driver. You get enough lateral support and the driver is going to feel great when driving this car. Added are the leather panels and harness straps which have contrast stitching which make it look better and more appealing. The steering is strapped in leather as well as the gearshifter with aluminum pedals as well and an overall driver-centric cabin. The rear bench also provides enough comfort and access to the back is pretty ample.

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Power Enhancements and Engine

The power to the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution is provided by a  2.0-litre turbocharged ‘4B11 engine. This is perhaps the best part of the car and certainly the part which is all business. The model is getting an enhancement and brings a power punch with its new specs and the engine. It is going to be combined with a five-speed manual gearbox which is much more purposeful and provides smoother transmissions compared to a 6-speed one and is the main reason why they decided to go for a 5-speed one instead of a 6-speed transmission. Thus the overall output of the car is now measured at 217 horsepower and 366 lb-ft of torque.

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Release Date and Price

The model is finally coming and the 2017 Mitsubishi Evolution is going to be released this year. The release date has been postponed a few times and everybody was expecting the car to come earlier. But as they run into some production problems along the way, as it sometimes happens, and this time managed to stretch too long for the car to really be ready. Thus expect to see the at the start of the year when it becomes available for sale.

The starting price is going to be given at $38,805 given as a base MSRP rate and you can start ordering the car in advance soon as it is almost ready.

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