Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback can stake its claim as one of the industry’s original crossover SUVs, and it’s still thriving with good reason: It does just about everything well. More of a tall wagon than a boxy traditional SUV, the 2018 Subaru Outback is nevertheless one of the more capable models in its segment, thanks to a very generous 9 inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive.

Available with a 2.5-liter flat four or a 3.6-liter flat-six engine paired to a continuously variable transmission, the fifth-generation Outback is a pleasant daily driver with a good amount of space. Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system has made great strides, but still isn’t among our favorites, and Subaru’s well-calibrated EyeSight driver assist technologies aren’t standard on all models. Even so, the Outback is packed with intrinsic goodness, from the $25,895 base 2.5i model to the $35,395 3.6R Limited (all prices subject to taxes and destination fees).

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Editors' First Take

There are scores of car-based utility vehicles on the market today. If you want something with an elevated ride height, all-wheel drive and ample cargo space, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

Even though the Subaru Outback is more station wagon than SUV, it's still rugged looking and checks all the right boxes for drivers in need of a versatile vehicle. Or does it? Answering this query, an Onyx Edition XT model has joined the Roadshow long-term fleet. Join us for the next 12 months as we put this machine to the test. 

How we spec'd it

For 2020, this Subaru is available in seven grades. There's the base Outback, Premium, Limited and Touring models. From there, you can also get the Onyx Edition XT model, which is what we've got, or step up to the Limited XT and Touring XT variants. We chose the Onyx Edition XT because it's right in the middle of the lineup, but offers a surprising amount of kit.

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