Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,083 - $15,483
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
170-256
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,083 - $15,483
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
170-256
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.3 Comfort 3.5 Styling 3.5 Value 3.4

Editor's Overview

Although cosmetic and powertrain enhancements lie ahead for 2013, the 2012 Subaru Outback continues to be a formidable force in the mid-size crossover realm. Comfortable, refined and exc...

2012 Subaru Outback Owner Reviews

4.66

118 Reviews

73% 20% 7% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

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A zippy car for fun times.

My car is comfortable and reliable and performs well. I bought it when I lived in Seattle, Washington, because I lived on a hill and it performed well getting up our hill when it was icy. It was a popular car in Seattle where everyone had an outdoorsy lifestyle and we often drove on hills and in the mountains. The car has a hatchback which was good when my boys were St home for hauling sports equipment, instruments and backpacks. It was also helpful for carrying large amounts of groceries. I amid felt it was a safe car for new drivers. Seattle is a crowded city and it is often difficult to find parking. My car was easy to park and got into smaller spaces. When are boys we’re out of school and living independently we moved with our car to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We drove the car from Seattle to phalli. It was 4 years old then and it performed well on the trip. We had room to take some of our more fragile possessions that we didn't want to risk sending with the movers in the moving van. We completed the trip without problems. However, my husband complained that the driver’s seat irritated his sciatica. He became very uncomfortable every time he drove for more than about an hour-long shift. This resulted in my having to do a lot more of the driving than I would have liked to do on that trip and on other trips since then. Now that we live in Philadelphia, I would like to replace the car with one that has a trunk. I worry that my car will be broken into and things will be stolen. Also, since my husband takes public transportation to work here, he does not have a car. Now that we have only one car, I would rather have something other than the Outback. I would rather have something roomier and a little more upscale to drive visitors and friends around in.

- Maureen M

The perfect car for your outdoor pursuits!

This is by far the best vehicle I have ever driven. It is reliable in all weather conditions and handles particularly well in snow. The Outback is the best model if you are looking for something low mid-size, yet large enough to carry big items (especially for the outdoor enthusiast, it is great for all types of outdoor gear). The smaller liter engine gets exceptional gas mileage, but I would consider purchasing the larger liter engine if you are interested in more pick-up. Overall and exceptional buy - I will continue to purchase Subaru’s.

- Samantha A

Subaru: reliability, safety, proven value.

As you may know Subaru has long been known for its reliability. I have owned this car for 2+years and have only changed the tires and the oil. It has never once gave me a problem other than normal maintenance of the car. I would strongly recommend a Subaru to anybody I know. It fits my family of 4, it is very safe with side airbags standard, as well as there intuitive AWD system that has proven year after year. The gas mileage is between 20-25 mpg which is not bad considering its spacious interior and room for 5 comfortably.

- Matthew R

Ranked #3 Midsize SUVs by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$9,083 - $11,466
$10,017 - $12,658

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43 in.
43 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.7 - 40.8 in.
38.7 - 40.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
37.8 in.
37.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.3 in.
39.3 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
215 - 225
225

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
107.9 in.
107.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.8 ft.
36.8 ft.

Length

Length
188.2 in.
188.2 in.

Width

Width
71.7 in.
71.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3386 - 3495 .lbs
3428 - 3536 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
170 hp

Torque

Torque
170 ft. lbs.
170 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
270 .lbs
270 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
21 - 28 mpg
21 - 28 mpg

City

City
19 - 22 mpg
19 - 22 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 - 29 mpg
27 - 29 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety