SUV: 2014 Subaru Outback

Four-door wagon with decent ground-clearance and sure-footed all-wheel-drive; efficient four-cylinder powertrain or six-cylinder power

Originally a trim level for the Legacy Wagon, the Outback has proved so popular over the years it’s developed into its own niche brand. People who can’t picture a Legacy know exactly what an Outback is – rugged styling, go-anywhere capability, plenty of cargo room, no gas-guzzling V8. Well equipped whether you select the four-cylinder or six-cylinder option, the Outback stays true to its flexible and useful origins, both durable and dependable. You can also get it with some unique technology: Subaru’s EyeSight system includes audaptive cruise control as well as lane departure and forward collision warning.

The Specs

Type Four-door crossover
Layout Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 2.5L flat-four (173 hp)
Optional engine(s) (hp) 3.6L flat-six (256 hp)
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, CVT
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 8.6/6.5 (four-cylinder CVT)
Basic warranty 36 months/60,000 km

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