January is another one of those icy months when things are often frosted with white tint, and driving becomes one big disaster. Sudden snowstorms appear, and the news catches stranded drivers and their formerly trusty rides on the sides of rural roads, freeways, wherever. Then a capable (well-equipped) vehicle comes cruising past like it’s just another day. Chances are good that it’s a Subaru.
The Japanese namesake prides itself on being all-conditions capable, and not just weather-wise. Versatility gets thrown around a lot, but Subaru takes it to heart. And the Subaru Outback has become a staple for versatility, setting the tone for the crossover trend long before that tag even existed.
Whatever you want to label it, here’s what to expect with the 2012 Subaru Outback.
2012 Subaru Outback trims: Pick and go
Most will still refer to it as a wagon, but there’s no arguing that 6 trims await Outbackers: a trio of 2.5 liter based models aptly named 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, and 2.5i Limited alongside the 3.6 liter based 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited. Pick out your own Outback right now at Carwoo.
2012 Subaru Outback Performance
2.5i prefixed trims are partnered with Subaru’s 2.5 liter 4-cylinder boxer engines for 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. Subaru fits the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium Outback with a 6-speed manual transmission standard, with a CVT option. The CVT is the only choice on the 2.5i Limited.
3.5R trims get the 3.6 liter flat 6, which produces 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters is the only option here.
And remember, every Outback keeps the off-road senses tingling year round with standard all-wheel drive.
2012 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy
And as standard, once you choose your powertrain, you’re stuck (or blessed) with its fuel economy. The 2.5i series will achieve an estimated 22/29/24 (city/highway/combined) MPG with an automatic transmission; go manual with 2.5i and drop to 19/27/22. The burlier 3.6R trims receive 18/25/20.
2012 Subaru Outback Interior Highlights
As Subaru’s site pronounces, the Outback does indeed have a ‘spacious interior.’ Each trim comes with 34.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, however, fold the 60/40 split folding and reclining rear seats and 71.3 cubic feet appear for added versatility. That’s impressive because the overall cargo space outdoes crossovers rivals like the Honda CR-V (at 70.9 cubes) and the Chevy Equinox (63.7). Other storage niceties include under-floor cargo storage and grocery bag hooks for those sliding delectable items. With seats up, Outback will seat 5 comfortably in the front and back.
2012 Subaru Outback Safety
Statistically speaking, you’re more likely to injure yourself on the way to your Outback than on the road (Do not adhere to this stat; it is made up).
Outback standards include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability/traction control, and a standard airbag setup featuring front-side and 2-row curtain bags. Extras include a rearview camera, which is available for Premium and Limited trims.
And as mentioned, every Outback is fitted with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which is combined with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) to keep drivers in control and on the road. Brake Assist furthers prevention of catastrophe and if collision appears imminent a high tensile steel frame cushions impact with its cocoon-like protection of anything fragile inside.
This dedicated Subaru safety tech warrants the 2012 Outback an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and government crash testing gives 4/5 stars overall. The abundance of Outback safety features means most owners won’t have to shy away from tossing keys over to the offspring- repeat, that’s most owners.
Drive me away, Subaru
Outback fits in whatever the season. Utilizing an abundance of space and nature friendly materials, it’ll feel just as comfortable on a hot summer beach trip as it will with winterized ski trips. Have kids and live a suburban lifestyle? Perfect. Living single and go on weekly life risking adventures? OK. You’ll always be safe and sound inside Outback. There’s your versatility. The 2012 Subaru Outback starts at $23,295. Get into one today.