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2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review

Versatile Crossover Wagon

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

In short: A utility-minded, family-friendly crossover wagon.

Looking more SUV-like than ever, the latest iteration of the long-running Subaru Outback offers a sporty and stylish take on the classic family wagon. Coming standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive and Subaru's Vehicle Dynamics Control with traction control, this sure-footed station wagon can handle curves and slick asphalt with confidence, making it ideal for family trips to the mountains. The Outback's 3.6-liter horizontally-opposed BOXER engine makes it especially fit for steep slopes and heavy hauling, offering 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Our Limited edition tester came laden with luxury touches like leather-trimmed upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 440-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited mile rust perforation warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $31,695 / As Tested: $35,465

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door station wagon

Engine: 3.6-liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 256 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 247 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with manual mode

Curb weight:
3,631 lbs
Wheelbase: 107.9 in
Length/Width/Height:188.2/71.7/65.7 in
Turning circle: 36.8 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; double wishbone rear

Traction: stability control with traction control

EPA City:
18 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; side-curtain airbags; front seat-mounted side-impact airbags


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