Subaru has created a niche market with the 2022 Outback as an SUV alternative and is doing what no other automaker has been able to replicate. Whether the Outback is a wagon or a crossover is up for debate. The Subaru Outback is an elevated wagon with a “go-anywhere” attitude, and it continues to impress.
Subaru Outback continues to dominate the lineup
In June, the 2022 Subaru Outback remains the top performer in the lineup with 13,135 sales, even though sales fell 19.9% compared to June 2021 (16,394). The Outback is also the top-selling model in the first six months, with 77,341 midsize SUVs delivered to customers. The Outback is down 11.7% year-to-date.
What sets the Outback apart?
The 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV rides higher with extra ground clearance (8.7 inches) than most family haulers. The rugged Outback Wilderness trim level comes with 9.4 inches of deep sand, mud, or snow clearance, and it also comes standard with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive.
The Onyx and Wilderness Edition also have a new dual-function X Mode for additional off-road capabilities. The new system has settings for snow and dirt mode on the new deep snow/deep mud mode and is ideal for sand where traction is compromised.
What is the price of the 2022 Outback?
The 2022 Outback is available in eight trim levels; base trim is priced at $28,820, Premium ($31,020), Limited ($35,470), Touring ($39,370), Onyx Edition XT ($37,020), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38 $870), Limited XT ($39,870) and Touring XT ($41,820). Price includes destination and delivery charges of $1,175.
What is the fuel consumption of the Outback?
The EPA fuel economy rating for the 2022 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 23/30 mpg city/highway and 26 mpg combined. Estimated fuel economy for the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/33 mpg city/highway and 29 mpg combined. The new 2022 Outback Wilderness scores an EPA-estimated 22/26 mpg city/highway and 24 mpg combined.
What’s next for the 2023 Subaru Outback?
Customers may want to wait for the recently updated 2023 Outback. The midsize Outback SUV gets new updates with a redesigned front fascia, the latest version of EyeSight safety technology and a new wide-angle mono camera. Subaru also updated the Outback’s infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ahead of the arrival of the refreshed 2023 Outback, Subaru of America reports that the adventure-friendly 2022 Outback is still the best-selling model in its all-wheel-drive lineup in the first six months of the year.
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