Subaru has given the Outback a minor update for 2012. Outback Premium models get a new standard stereo featuring six speakers, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, iPod control capability and Bluetooth connectivity. Outback Limited models feature a new 9-speaker display-type audio system by harman/kardon. Buyers opting for the Alloy wheel package on 4-cylinder models will now also get the cold weather package, which was only available on Limited and Premium models last year.
Stylish design; roomy, comfortable interior; powerful engine lineup; great gas mileage
The Outback is made for outdoorsy drivers, and when optioned with the base 2.5L engine and the CVT, starts under $23,000 and provides great gas mileage. Even the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited, with its powerful 6-cylinder engine, leather seats and standard harman/hardon stereo system, starts at right around $30,000. All Outbacks, regardless of trim level include standard all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, traction control and air bags, as well as such niceties as power mirrors and cruise control.
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