While the Outback is classified as a compact crossover, it is by far one of the roomiest in its class. Its engines, while not the best out there, offer the car a unique character which certainly makes it a desirable model. Similar will be with the 2017 Subaru Outback that will be mostly a carryover of the 2015 model that was redesigned.
Because of the great features it received many positive reviews and the car is selling better than ever but while it does sell great the biggest problem for Subaru is the delivery of the models to their customers because their factory can’t make enough of these to meet the demand. To change that, the new 2017 Subaru Outback is going to be built in an upgraded factory and on top of that; it will also come with quite a few improved features over the current model which has been released back in 2014 as 2015 MY.
The base price of the car will continue to start at roughly $25,000 which is still great considering the Outback remains, and it will continue to be a car with the all-weather capabilities everyone is looking for. It also boasts a massive interior and a highly comfortable set of seats perfect for larger families and longer rides. Most popular Touring trim starts at about $36,000 when equipped with a 2.5-liter engine, and if you go for the larger 3.6-liter unit, it will be priced at slightly above $38,000. Complete price list can be seen in the table at the end of this article.
2017 Subaru Outback Release Date
Design wise the car may not be the best, and the 2017 model will not bring any major changes, but it will get a slightly new look that will take it closer to the all-new Forester. The new model will most likely be released alongside the new Forester some time at the end of the year, and it should hit the market shortly after that.
Under the hood of the 2017 Subaru Outback, there shouldn’t be any major changes and the car’s current two engines will most likely be carried over unchanged. The base model will offer the same 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat four as the current car. This will offer up to 170 horsepower and little over 170 lb-ft of torque, enough to allow the large wagon crossover to hit 60 MPH in around 9 seconds. The base unit has always been a great seller, and it will very likely continue to sell just as well thanks to its over 30 MPG on average fuel efficiency which is mostly achieved thanks to CVT gearbox it brings.
The top of the range model will use a larger 3.6-liter naturally aspirated flat six unit which will provide up to 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. It does improve the way the car feels and drive, but it will get worse fuel consumption than the smaller engine despite the fact it will use the same CVT. City driving will return about 20 mpg while on the highway you will be able to reach about 27 mpg. As a bonus, both models will get as standard an all-wheel drive system which gives the Outback a great edge over most of its rivals.
When it comes to the exterior, the new Outback will most definitely be nearly identical to the ongoing model. However, we expect it to receive new headlights with a different LED pattern while the top of the range model is going to get fully LED-lit main beams. The back will get tail lights with new looks as well as slightly different exhaust tips. The wheels and colors of the car will most likely remain unchanged from the ongoing model and so are going to be with its bumpers and exterior inserts.
On the inside, the 2017 Subaru Outback is expected to receive a slightly better infotainment and navigation unit than before as well as an upgraded Subaru’s Eye camera system which will now monitor all the surroundings of the car. A more advanced cruise control system has also been rumored, and as far as we know, it seems that the Outback will be the first Subaru to get it. This will be able to keep a set distance from the car in front of it while being able to accelerate or decelerate when needed, so it should become a lot more relaxing to drive on the highway.
Even the Touring model is the most expensive trim we strongly recommend you to check it out since it does offer fantastic features and a great level of comfort. Seats and door panels are covered with Java Brown perforated leather with contrast ivory stitching clearly pushes the level of luxury and refinement. Among other features that we need to commend is the heated steering wheel that is exclusively offered on the Touring model and the wood-grain accents for both dashboard and door panels.