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The Outback is comfortable, responsive, and has a good track record for long-term reliability.

Vehicle Overview: The Subaru Outback, completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, has grown over the years to be a roomy, spacious, rugged, all-wheel-drive crossover that still feels more like a station wagon than other crossovers.

2016_Subaru_Outback-15TDI_BF4Oas004-TrueCar_pricingCompetitors: Nissan Rogue, Chevy Equinox, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Volvo XC70, Audi Allroad

Strengths: Rugged, with a low center of gravity that helps both traction and ride quality. Top safety ratings and resale value.

Review: The new Outback has quality interior materials, plenty of storage, and powers through snow-covered roads like nothing else on the market (except for maybe Audis). The four-cylinder is adequate when driving alone. But with a load of passengers and luggage, it can get overwhelmed, so if you are using it in lieu of a minivan, the V-6 may be a happier option.

Key Info:

Pricing: MSRP starting from $24,995

Power: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 175-horsepower, while the 3.6-liter V-6 produces 256 horsepower.

Fuel Economy: Four-cylinder: 25 mpg city/33mpg highway; V-6: 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

Infotainment: Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, with four-speaker audio system. Optional Subaru Starlink system adds two packages of connected car applications, adding functionality such as automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle recovery, along with apps such as Stitcher. A 6.2-inch touchscreen, CD player, HD radio, USB interface, and smartphone integration with Pandora and Aha audio streaming.

Tech and Safety: Outback offers blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems. The Eyesight driver-assist system is available for Premium and Limited trim levels, as is lane-departure warning, lane keeping system and forward collision warning and mitigation. Outback gets five out of five stars on government crash tests.

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