2016 Subaru Outback Overview
The Outback is a staple in the Subaru lineup. The 2015 redesign did not disappoint, and Subaru’s continued efforts at improving the Outback each year are evident in the 2016 model.
The 2016 Subaru Outback is available in four distinct trim levels, including the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.5R Limited.
What’s New for the 2016 Subaru Outback?
Though the Outback went through a total redesign for 2015, the 2016 model does see some improvements over last year. For example, the Outback gains packages for the SUBARU STARLINK system. Speaking of options, safety is upgraded with optional EyeSight. Limited models (2.5i and 3.5R) benefit from retuned shock absorbers, and steering was retuned across all trims; ultimately, the new 2016 Outback should give a smoother ride with smarter handling.
2016 Subaru Outback Photos
2016 Subaru Outback Exterior
The 2016 Subaru Outback gets an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance and stands, with roof rails, at just 66.1 inches. The Outback measures 189.6 inches in length and 72.4 inches in width, with a wheelbase of 108.1 inches. Exterior color options for the Outback include Carbide Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Twilight Blue Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, and Wilderness Green Metallic. Features on the Outback range from projector-beam halogen low-beam headlights to integrated turn signals.
2016 Subaru Outback Exterior Photos
Exterior Features on Outback 2.5i
- Projector-beam halogen low-beam headlights, Folding side mirrors, Two-speed windshield wipers, Rear window wiper, Roof rails
Additional or Replacement Exterior Features on Outback 2.5i Premium
- Fog lights, Windshield wiper de-icer
Additional or Replacement Exterior Features on Outback 2.5i Limited
- Front underguard, Integrated turn signals
Additional or Replacement Exterior Features on Outback 3.5R Limited
- High-Intensity Discharge low-beam headlights
2016 Subaru Outback Performance
The 2016 Subaru Outback is largely powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 16-valve horizontally opposed four-cylinder BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control that puts out 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Only the 3.5R Limited takes power from a 3.6-liter DOHC aluminum-alloy 24-valve horizontally opposed six-cylinder BOXER engine with Dual Active Valve Control. This powertrain is good for 256 horsepower 247 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed Lineatronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
All models are built on Subaru’s famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive platform and benefit from X-MODE traction assist, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control, Active Torque Vectoring, and Incline Start Assist. The 2.5i models can tow up to 2,700 pounds, but the 3.6R ups the ante to 3,000.
2016 Subaru Outback Efficiency
Subaru’s all-wheel-drive platform does hurt its models in terms of efficiency, but only slightly. Models powered by the 2.5-liter BOXER still manage 25 miles per gallon in the city and up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Efficiency declines significantly for the 3.6-liter-powered Outback, at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2016 Subaru Outback Interior
The interior of the 2016 Outback is unsurprisingly roomy, though it’s no match for Subaru’s now defunct Tribeca. Inside, occupants will enjoy 108.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, though that drops to 104.5 with the optional moonroof. The Outback also boasts 35.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, but that climbs to a maximum 73.3 cubic feet with the rear seat lowered.
The interior is marked by a Warm Ivory Cloth. Features range from transmission paddle shifters and a 6.2 high-resolution touchscreen to heated seats and a power rear gate.
Interior Features on Outback 2.5i
- Reclining rear seats, Electronic Cruise Control, Transmission paddle shifters, Overhead console, Manually adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system, Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
- 2-inch high-resolution touchscreen, HD Radio system with SUBARU STARLINK, 4 speakers, Bluetooth® audio streaming, hands-free phone connectivity, Single-disc CD player
Additional or Replacement Interior Features on Outback 2.5i Premium
- Heated front seats, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Dual-zone climate control
- 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, 6 speakers
Additional or Replacement Interior Features on Outback 2.5i Limited
- Heated rear seats, Leather-trimmed upholstery, Power rear gate
- 12 Harman Kardon speakers, Harman Kardon 576-watt equivalent amplifier
2016 Subaru Outback Safety
Standard and available features such as EyeSight driver assist technology, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and smart braking systems ensure driver and passenger safety. Below are just some of the standard features offered on the 2016 Subaru Outback:
Standard Safety Features
- Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
- Brake assist
- Vehicle Dynamics Control
- Traction Control System
- Rear-vision camera
- Subaru advanced frontal airbag system
- Brake Override system
- Rollover sensor
- Anti-theft security system