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2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring Test Drive Review

Getting to your next adventure should always be the least of your worries, and with the 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring, you’ll have the confidence to go the distance.

The Outback’s practical form-factor, off-road capability, and advanced safety technology make it one of the best values for those with active lifestyles.

Find out how this rugged wagon enhances any journey with a closer look at our 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring test model.

 

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring Exterior

The 2017 Subaru Outback stays true to its origins as a sport utility wagon, and features thoughtful exterior design elements like 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard roof rails for expanded cargo-carrying capability.

As the top trim package, the 3.6R Touring model features a dark gray grille insert and 18-inch wheels to distinguish it from the three additional Outback trims. Low-profile roof rails finished in silver plus chrome inserts in the black lower cladding are also exclusive to the Touring trim.

At the front, high intensity discharge (HID) headlights and fog lamps come as standard equipment, along with a power rear gate with height memory. Our test model also featured a new paint color for the 2017 model year, Brilliant Brown Pearl.

Other notable exterior elements for the Outback 3.6R Touring model include body-colored door handles with chrome insert, a rear bumper cover, and dual exhaust tips.

 

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring Interior

New for the 2017 model year, the interior of the Outback 3.6R Touring features Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery with ivory stitching and gloss-black finish switch bezels, giving the cabin a luxurious look and feel.

At the center of the wood grain-trimmed dashboard is a 7-inch multi-touch infotainment system that provides access to navigation, satellite radio, vehicle settings, and STARLINK multimedia apps. You can connect your Apple or Android smartphone to enjoy even more news and entertainment using apps like Pandora, Aha, and iHeartRadio.

The STARLINK system also accepts voice commands for phone calls, music playlists, navigation, and text messaging, while Siri Eyes Free integration gives you true hands-free control over your Apple device.

As the roomiest version ever, the 2017 Outback features 73.3 cu. ft. of maximum cargo capacity when the rear 60/40 split seats are folded down. A removable cargo cover comes standard for added privacy, and a waterproof cargo tray helps keep any mess or dirt contained.

Rounding out interior comfort and convenience, our test model came equipped with a power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, and heated front & rear seats.

 

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring Performance

As the name suggests, the 2017 Outback 3.6R features a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine that produces 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. This fast-revving and capable motor is coupled to a Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which helps keep the engine in its optimum power range and deliver quick acceleration.

Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system efficiently applies power to both front and rear axles for a driving experience that’s fun and confidence-inspiring. X-Drive can be manually activated to enhance the all-wheel drive system, combining engine output, transmission ratio, and vehicle dynamic control to maximize grip on slippery surfaces.

Additional performance features include active torque vectoring and hill descent control. With the available horsepower and superb traction capabilities, you’ll be able to go to places you’ve never been before.

Fuel economy for the 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring is an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway**.

 

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring Safety

Subaru has always been a leader in vehicle safety, and the 2017 Outback 3.6R Touring continues that trend with a selection of advanced collision warning and mitigation systems.

The Touring trim comes standard with blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, as well as a rear vision camera. Our test model also came equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist technology, which adds reverse automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and blind spot detection.

Other safety features on the 3.6R Touring include an advanced frontal airbag system, side curtain and seat side-impact airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners.

 

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring Overall

Having the freedom to take whichever path you desire is what the 2017 Subaru Outback is all about. It focuses on the features that mean the most to you, and keeps you safe along the way.

The 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring carries a starting MSRP of $38,195, and our test model came in at the same price with no additional options*.

See where the Outback can take you by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Subaru dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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