2012 Subaru Outback
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Outback 2.5i Premium Manual PZEV
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- Fuel Economy:
19 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Gas Flat 4, 2.5L/150
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
2012 Subaru Outback OverviewSix different Outback models and two separate powerplants are available for 2012: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited.
The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder "boxer" engine makes 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It can be mated to either the standard 6-speed manual or the optional Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 3.6L 6-cylinder boxer engine has 256 hp and 247 ft-lb of torque, and a standard 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Rev-Matching Downshift Blipping Control, which sounds as fun as it is to use with the paddles.
The 2.5i is the base model for the Outback, but like all Subaru models, it has Subaru's symmetrical all wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, daytime running lights and airbags as standard equipment. Even air conditioning, auxiliary audio jack, power locks, mirrors and windows, cruise control and eight cupholders are standard. The only option for the 2.5i is the Lineartronic transmission.
The 2.5i Premium adds a 10-way power driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels rather than the 16-inch steel wheels of the base model, halogen fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment. Options include the CVT, an all-weather package with heated seats, mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer, the harman/kardon audio system and a power moonroof. The 2.5i Limited takes it all a step further with standard CVT, 4-way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control and leather-trimmed upholstery. Options at this level include a navigation system with rear vision camera.
The 3.6R base level has the immediate advantage of 85 more horsepower, thanks to its larger, more powerful horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels and larger brake rotors. The 3.6R Premium adds the all-weather package as standard equipment, a power driver's seat and leather steering wheel are also standard equipment. The harman/kardon audio system and power moonroof are optional. The top-end 3.6R Limited adds the power passenger seat, premium audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, dual-zone climate control and leather-trimmed upholstery, with optional power moonroof and navigation system with backup camera.
2012 Subaru Outback Model Changes
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 nine 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.
2012 Subaru Outback Value
The base-level 2.5i Outback with the CVT is made for outdoorsy drivers, with a starting price under $23,000 and great gas mileage. Even the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited, with its larger 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.
2012 Subaru Outback Strengths
Stylish design; roomy, comfortable interior; powerful engine lineup; great gas mileage
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