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2017 Subaru Outback, Legacy Debut with New Trims

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Subaru has added new trim options for the 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2017 Subaru Legacy. These trims offer even more choices for consumers and introduce increased safety, comfort, and styling. The 2017 Subaru Outback adds the Touring trim while the 2017 Subaru Legacy takes on the Sport trim.

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In 2017, Subaru adds the Touring trim to the Outback model

In 2017, Subaru adds the Touring trim to the Outback model

2017 Subaru Outback Touring

The new Touring trim for the 2017 Outback offers the choice between two engines: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder is good for 175 horsepower while the 3.6-liter six-cylinder lays out 256 hp. The Outback Touring sits on 18-inch wheels with dark gray accents—to match the dark gray grille—and a machined finish. The exterior is also marked by low-profile roof rails (silver finish) and lower cladding and Outback badging in chrome. Exclusive to the Touring trim is the available Brilliant Brown exterior color.

The Brilliant Brown pairs quite nicely with the interior Java Brown implemented in all Outback Touring models. The Java Brown makes its way onto the perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, as well as the door panels and the armrests with contrasting ivory stitching. The interior is also marked by a heated steering wheel, piano-black switch panel accents, and a woodgrain interior finish. Drivers will benefit from a SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Navigation system, which includes voice-activated controls and three years of complimentary map updates and a 3-year complimentary subscription to SiriusXM Traffic® and Travel Link®, as well as SiriusXM All Access audio service.

2017 Subaru Outback Touring Interior

The 2017 Subaru Outback Touring interior features Java Brown

That STARLINK system also includes a one-year trial of the Safety Plus package, which includes Automatic Collision Notification, Diagnostics Alerts, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and SOS Emergency Assistance.

Furthering the safety of the Outback is Reverse Automatic Braking, which debuts on the Outback model line. Four ultrasonic sonar sensors work to prevent collisions while the driver is reversing. This system can ultimately stop the vehicle to prevent a collision if it is clear the driver will not. Safety is also improved via the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, and Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These are paired with Subaru’s new High Beam Assist.


2017 Subaru Legacy Sport Exterior

The Subaru Legacy gains a Sport trim for 2017

2017 Subaru Legacy Sport

The 2017 Subaru Outback Touring may be the brand’s “new flagship model,” but the 2017 Subaru Legacy is also an impressive option. Powered by a 2.5-liter boxer engine mated with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, the Legacy Sport delivers 175 hp and features a manual model and paddle shifters. Despite its raw power, the Legacy maintains high levels of efficiency, with an EPA-estimated combined rating of 29 miles per gallon.

2017 Subaru Legacy Sport

The 2017 Legacy Sport is one of the most efficient vehicles in its class

The Sport trim’s styling definitely lives up to its name. The Legacy’s sportiness is enhanced by the Sport trim’s dark gray front grille, 18-inch sport-styled wheels, and gloss black housings for the fog lights. Other new exterior features include high luster silver-finished turn-signal mirrors and chrome-accented rocker trim.

Inside, the 2017 Legacy Sport features a carbon fiber pattern dash and door panel trim, with piano-black steering wheel switches and door switch panels. The interior also boasts a two-tone pairing of black and gray cloth upholstery, completed with blue stitching on the steering wheel, door panels, and seats.

2017 Subaru Legacy Sport Interior

The interior of the Legacy Sport features a whole lot of new tech

The Legacy Sport also gets Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist through the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology option package. Finally, the Legacy Sport trim includes the SUBARU STARLINK 7-inch Multimedia Plus system, which includes a high-res, 7-inch LCD screen, Bluetooth® hands-free text, and two USB ports.

Look for the 2017 Subaru Outback and the 2017 Subaru Legacy on dealer lots late this summer.


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  • John Adams

    John Adams is the Director of Business Development at Heuberger Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Heuberger Motors is a new and used Subaru dealership, just a short drive from Denver. With its wide selection of Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek vehicles, Heuberger Motors is consistantly one of the largest volume Subaru dealers in the nation.

  • Joe Galloway

    Anyone happen to know what the weight carrying capacity is on the new 2017 low-profile roof rail?