There are a total of six different trims for the 2012 Subaru Outback. The first three are part of the smaller 2.5i engine size, and are Base, Premium, and Limited. The second set of three have a larger 3.6R engine size, and follow the same trim variations as the 2.5i. Much of the equipment found on both the 2.5i and 36R mirror one another, with minor differences between each one. Every Outback comes equipped with the standard all-wheel drive.
Coming standard on the base Subaru Outback 2.5i SUV Wagon are the full power accessories, 16-inch steel wheels, adjustable roof rails and cross bars, automatic headlights, cruise control, adjustable driver seat, tilt steering wheel, and a new standard audio system. The audio features a single CD player, six speakers, audio connections, and Bluetooth functionality. You can also use your iPad if you'd like with the system based on our review.
The 2.5-liter boxer 4-cylinder engine is capable of producing 170 horsepower, and 170 pound-feet of torque all together. A 6-speed manual transmission comes standard on this trim version of the Outback, although you can elect to upgrade to the CVT if desired. With the manual transmission you can expect the Subaru Outback 2.5i SUV Wagon to reach 60 mph in 9.4 seconds from the starting line. You'll also receive lower fuel economy with the standard coming in at 19 city and 27 highway, versus the 22 city and 29 highway with the automatic. There are no complaints though considering the engine includes the all-wheel drive, and the vehicle is fairly large in size. Expect to receive adequate power when driving your Outback, and we recommend the CVT as it's one of the best automatic transmissions on the market today.
Rated as a top safety pick for 2012, the Subaru Outback 2.5i SUV Wagon comes standard with all the safety features found in almost every Subaru. The all-wheel drive, stability controls, anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and front and side airbags result in the extremely high safety review ratings. A brake test review showed that the Subaru Outback 2.5i SUV Wagon came to a stop in 133 feet from 60 mph. This is a little longer then average, but yet not terrible based on other car reviews. You can expect the Subaru Outback to perform amazingly well in any weather condition, and can even handle off-road situations when presented with them.