The 2012 Subaru Outback comes in six different trim levels. You have a choice between either the 2.5i engine size or the 3.6R size. Once you've chosen your preferred engine size, you have to select between the Base, Premium, and Limited trim. Each of the equipment on both the 2.5i and 3.6R mirror each other aside from the differences in trim levels. All trim reviews feature the Subaru exclusive all-wheel drive.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium trim review features the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that creates around 170 horsepower and pound-feet of torque altogether. The horizontally oppose, or boxer engine style, is unique to most Subaru's in general. A 6-speed manual comes standard on the Premium trim, although you have the option of switching to the automatic CVT if you choose. Differences in gas mileage reviews between the two transmission types may influence a buyers decision in which they go with. The six-speed's fuel economy comes in at 19 in the city and 27 on the highway. The CVT raises those numbers up to 22 city and 29 highway. In our performance review rating the Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium SUV wagon went from 0 - 60mph in 9.4 seconds.
Coming standard on the Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium SUV wagon are 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, automatic headlights, 8-way power drive seat, adjustable roof rails, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, fog lights, privacy glass in the rear, and a steering wheel that has been wrapped in leather. The audio system review comes with a CD player, 6-speakers, connections for audio, iPad functionality, and Bluetooth. You also have the option to add the All Weather package which includes heated front seats, side mirrors, and de-icing windshield wipers. Buyers also have the option to upgrade the stereo system with a Harmon Kardon stereo with 9-speakers, 6-CD changer, and a Bluetooth phone.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium SUV wagon safety review showed that it includes all-wheel drive, anti-lock disc brakes, and a stability control system with traction control. There are also airbags located on the front and side of the vehicle. A brake test review concluded that the Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium SUV wagon stopped from 60 mph within 133 feet, which is longer then the average SUV wagon model. Overall, the 2012 Subaru Outback was ranked one of the top safety picks of the year in its category.