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 Subaru BRZ

2016 Subaru BRZ Release Date, Specs, Engine – The new coupe is expected to be a futuristic vehicle that will come refreshed with all the latest high tech features. The new 2016 Subaru BRZ will be elegant and sophisticated and will receive a much needed refinement in its overall outlook.

2016 Subaru BRZ
2016 Subaru BRZ

It will some few enhancements that Subaru lovers have been waiting for through the incorporation of modern designs that will make it unique and stunning. Both the interior and the exterior of the new 2016 Subaru BRZ will certainly boasts of upgrades than any other precursor version.

The engine expected is a FA20 which will be robust and will be both powerful and superior to any of its close competitors in its class. The new 2016 Subaru BRZ coupe will be ultra-modern considering the level of extent of its design.

The brand new Subaru is anticipated to be one of the modern coupes that will get exclusive features in order to reverse the dwindling sales figures of the previous model. The aforesaid FA20 engine which is already a robust engine will definitely send shockwaves to the automobile segment.

2016 Subaru BRZ safety features

The new Subaru BRZ 2016 will have a seating capacity of up to 4 persons and will among other things come with tons of safety and security features. These features will include the following; brake assist, front and rear vented discs, 4 wheel disc brakes, fully automatic projector beam, body colored power side mirrors with manual folding, driver and passenger seat mounted side airbags, dual stage driver and passenger, low tire pressure warning, front airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags and shoulder safety belts, etc.

2016 Subaru BRZ exterior and interior design

The new 2016 Subaru BRZ will come with an aggressive and much newer style than any of its previous versions. The coupe will also rest on a set of 18” wheels made of an alloy. The wheelbase is expected to increase according to unconfirmed reports.

2016 Subaru BRZ front
2016 Subaru BRZ front

The new 2016 Subaru BRZ will have a lighter body due to the extensive use of lightweight materials incorporated during its construction. At the rear end will be taillights that have been redesigned. Furthermore, the front end will come with brand new fog lights for increased visibility.

2016 Subaru BRZ back
2016 Subaru BRZ back

Inside the 2016 Subaru BRZ cabin will be state of the art class and comfort amenities. It will be spectacular in almost all aspects and will feature the STI embellishment as well as designer stitches that will be eye catching to everyone.

2016 Subaru BRZ interior
2016 Subaru BRZ interior

There is integration of modern technologies as well as modern equipment use inside the sedan as well. Some of the features will include keyless remote control, an eight speaker audio system that will be GPRS configured, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod enabled and a HD radio.

2016 Subaru BRZ engine

As mentioned above, the refreshed new 2016 Subaru BRZ will come with the FA20 engines which are undoubtedly very powerful and robust and will enable the Subaru to reach overwhelming speeds within short a short time as we shall see below. The powerplant will be able to generate 296 hp and an approximately 295 Nm of torque.

The engine will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission system. Additionally, there will be an automated electric dual clutch. The new Subaru BRZ 2016 will arguably edge out against a majority of its rivals.

The Subaru will accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4.6 seconds, this is impressive and will be its unique aspect among its precursor models.

2016 Subaru BRZ price and release date

The info concerning the release date and the pricing titbits has been shrouded in obliqueness but off course our exclusive spy had something for our readers. The new 2016 Subaru BRZ is expected to debut in the American market in the first few months of 2015.

2016 Subaru BRZ release date
2016 Subaru BRZ release date

Unfortunately, the new Subaru will only be available to other markets by the close of 2015 or during the second quarter of next year. The expected price tag for the base 2016 Subaru BRZ will be around 34,000 USD.

In terms of the expected competition, the 2016 Subaru BRZ should expect to face off with the Ford Focus ST, Nissan 370Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Ford Mustang. The review will be updated from time to time in order to give our cherished readers the most comprehensive and real time info pertaining the new Subaru BRZ 2016.

2016 Subaru WRX Hatchback

There have been a lot of news with the release of the newest 2016 Subaru WRX model. Actually, the news is not old as this idea emerged back in 2011 which saw the new Impreza model separated from its WRX brand. This was supposed to happen immediately after the Subaru Impreza comes out in its third generation model. The WRX model is going to share the platform with the WRX STI which is going to be more unique than the one that we had now.

This news was even announced back in 2013 before the concept model ever reached the stage of the New York Auto show. We were able to see the spy photos about this model as it was already doing laps around the Nürburgring race track. Now the model is scheduled to make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a release date coming already this year.

2016 Subaru WRX Hatchback side view

What we get with this new 2016 Subaru WRX is a new powerful four-cylinder engine and also a new kind of a design language. An output of more than 300 horsepower is expected to be achieved while the car is going to have a choice between to gearbox options, which is a first for the model. Price rates and added technological features have already been announced and you can use this review to your advantage to get to know everything about the car.

Exterior

What the exterior design of the 2016 Subaru WRX offers us is an aggressive yet sophisticated stance. The front end of the car has received a full revision which adds a deeper front spoiler, a new hexagonal grille and a hood which has been specially designed for the WRX making the car look much better and bolder. Other unique features of the car add the front fenders, rear doors, bumpers and also the headlight and taillight cluster.

2016 Subaru WRX Hatchback front view

The WRX also adds a new headlight design as it is made to be more narrower now and there is also a functional scoop which adds an opening on the hood as it brings much more cooling to the engine that way. Also added are the fog light surrounds that have a carbon-fiber-like pattern and combine with the vertical front fender vents with a bright garnish and a mesh screen.

2016 Subaru WRX Hatchback rear view

The side view of the car gives us an impression that the model is a lot closer to the ground than it actually is. This is mainly thanks to the new sill spoilers. The A-Pillars are slightly longer as it extends them to a whole 8 inches. The back has LED lights, a LED center high-mount stoplight and a diffuser.

Interior

There are a bunch of changes that are going to happen for the 2016 Subaru WRX and it starts with the spacing inside. As the wheelbase of the car has been extended by an entire inch, the interior will get some extra legroom. We also get a much more raked windshield and more trunk capacity for a larger load. Thanks to the flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel the interior of the WRX is going to be much more sportier and is going to integrate well with all the features that we now have. The dashboard adds some new soft trim materials which are also used for the door panels and the center armrest. This model adds more storage compartments all over the car which makes it a lot easier for the passengers and the driver to put away some things while driving.

2016 Subaru WRX Hatchback interior

Entirely new is the 3.5-inch LCD central screen which gives you the chance to see some additional information and details about the car. There is also a 4.3-inch LCD screen which shows you the rear camera display, a boost gauge display, climate-control settings and more. The front seats use a new high-grip fabric and you also get leather alternatives ones as an option as well. Finally, there are also some  tilt- and height-adjustable head restraints as well.

Engine specs

Great news under the hood of the 2016 Subaru WRX as the model is going to utilize a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine. The engine is going to make 268 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque delivered between 2,000 and 5,200 rpm. The engine is going to be combined with a six-speed manual transmission, which is the first time this engine gets to use this gearshift, while there is also a  Sport Lineartronic CVT option available as alternative which is another great news for the car. The delivery to an all-wheel drive is going to be made due to a Suby’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive System.

2016 Subaru WRX Hatchback engine

Release date and price

The model is going to be released by the end of the year. The 2016 Subaru WRX is going to be showcased first and will be made available at the LA auto show, while the release date comes by the end of the year. The starting price for the base version is 26,295 as base MSRP, while the Premium is $28,495 and the Premium is $29,995.

 

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