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March 09 2016
The 2016 Subaru Outback won AJAC’s Best New SUV/CUV (under $35k) for a reason.
There is a reason why you see so many Subaru Outbacks on the road, and the 2016 version keeps up the tradition of quality, versatility and reliability that has made the Outback a staple in its segment as well as in and around Edmonton. The 2016 Subaru Outback is back with minimal changes this year, which was to be expected given how popular and praised the current generation has been.
There are two engines to choose from in the Subaru Outback lineup. The entry-level powertrain is a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed BOXER engine that offers 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be paired to a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission, which proves to be smooth and quiet, transferring power from the engine to the wheels hastily and without hesitation. A six-speed manual is also offered on some versions for those who prefer to change their own gears.
The second engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that offers 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Even with the added power, the V6 still proves quite fuel-efficient, although it’s the four-cylinder variant that certainly surprises anyone who has had a chance to try it out when it comes to fuel economy.
Indeed, the Outback remains one of the most efficient vehicles in its class, even if it comes standard with Subaru’s patented symmetrical all-wheel drive system (yes, even if it starts at less than $ 30,000). Subaru’s AWD technology is one of the most advanced on the market, and a major reason why the automaker has no trouble selling the cars it produces to the Canadian public.
From the standard roof rails that can swing in order to become crossbars to the spacious cargo area, the 2016 Subaru Outback is the perfect vehicle for families or couples who enjoy the outdoors. There are built-in rails in the cargo area as well if you want to tie down your equipment or bags.
Although the 2016 Outback is rugged and puts versatility first, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t refined and luxurious. There are plenty of versions available in the Subaru Outback family, and features include Eyesight driving assistance technologies, leather seats, sunroof, navigation, heated seats, dual-zone climate and much more.
The 2016 Subaru Outback won AJAC’s Best New SUV/CUV (under $35k) for a reason. Come find out what the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada loved about the Subaru Outback today at Subaru City.