By Doug Newcomb
The Subaru Outback was redesigned for the 2015 model year, so for 2016 it gets only a couple of tech upgrades and performance tweaks. These include the addition of automatic crash notification and stolen automobile recovery to the StarLink telematics system, and lane departure prevention to the EyeSight suite of driver assists, also as retuned steering and shocks. Otherwise, the 2016 Outback still offers standard all-wheel drive, diverse in-dash connectivity, and comprehensive and hassle-free driver assists. That said, our test car had disappointing acceleration and rough road manners. And even though we’ve tested the StarLink infotainment system in several Various other Subarus and understand its qualities and quirks rather well, connectivity was problematic in the Outback.
The 2016 Subaru Outback comes in four trim levels, starting along with the entry-degree Outback 2.5i at $24,995, and ending along with the top-of-the-line Outback 3.6R, the only model along with a six-cylinder engine. The 2.5i Limited we tested has actually a base rate of $30,395. along with the $3,090 EyeSight option package and a destination charge of $850, the last sticker came to $34,635.
What Does It Come With?
The 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited we tested came along with a 2.5-liter, 170-horsepower, 4-cylinder Boxer engine that’s mated to a frequently variable transmission and features standard all-wheel drive. The 2.5i Limited additionally comes with Subaru’s X-Mode, which raises traction throughout poor road conditions, hill descent control, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, halogen headlights, body-color edge mirrors, roof rails along with folding cross rails, leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, a 10-means electricity adjustable driver’s seat, reclining rear seats, a electricity liftgate along with memory, keyless entry and ignition, one year of the StarLink Safety Plus telematics system, and Harmon Kardon premium audio.
As for tech, you get hold of the StarLink infotainment system along with a 7-inch touch screen, CD player, AM/FM HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB and aux-in ports, Bluetooth for phone and audio streaming, four months of SiriusXM Traffic and TravelLink, and the StarLink smartphone integration system. The EyeSight option package adds a electricity moon roof, navigation along with voice control, a three-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and TravelLink, and the EyeSight driver help system along with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning and braking, lane departure warning and assist, adaptive fog lights, sway warning functions, and more.
How’s the Tech?
The StarLink 7-inch Multimedia Navigation system offers a few of the most comprehensive connectivity we’ve seen, most of it via a connected smartphone. The needed gateway app provides news, weather, and a music user function, also as apps for iHeartRadio and Stitcher. The Aha Radio app adds streaming music, news, and podcasts, also as neighborhood search capability to discover food, fuel, and Various other services in an area. There’s a divide app for Pandora Internet Radio, and the system has actually specific apps for weather, fuel, sports, and stock info via Sirius TravelLink.
The 7-inch touch screen and its large icons—along along with 6 capactive touch buttons around the screen—make the interface easy to use. In addition, several screens allow you rearrange icons according to your preference. There are some issues, enjoy the lack of an Audio Source button on the residence screen, and that the capacitive buttons can easily be difficult to manipulate at a glance, however these are straightforward to get hold of used to. A bigger issue is that we couldn’t get hold of the connected apps—Starlink, Aha, and Pandora—to job at all. We’ve encountered connectivity problems along with StarLink in the past, and we understand the system rather well, but we’ve never ever been forever locked out enjoy this.
How Does It Perform?
The 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5 Limited’s 170-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine is not only sluggish, however is additionally fairly noisy under even moderate acceleration on a slight incline, and the CVT only added to the frequently loud, annoying drone inside the car. And though ride and handling are on par with the segment and price, road and wind noise are the 2 problematic at higher speeds. The trade-off is that the Outback deftly straddles the line between a wagon and crossover, and additionally has actually moderate off-road capability that sets it apart from its much more pavement-tuned competitors. Yet another plus is that its fuel economy is the very best among its CUV rivals: 25mpg city/33 mpg highway.
Should I Buy It?
Despite some issues—and we’ll think of the problem along with connectivity to be a fluke, based on our past experience along with StarLink—the 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited is a CUV worth considering. Besides being an off-road-all set wagon for weekend warriors, Just what sets the Outback apart is the EyeSight system’s comprehensive suite of driver assists and strong fuel economy. If performance and ride quality are of your top priorities, you might wish to think of Yet another vehicle, enjoy the 2017 Ford Escape. however if you think of safety, fuel economy, and the ability to go off-pavement much more important, the 2016 Outback 2.5i Limited is a solid pick.