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Subaru Outback 3.6R 2017 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7
The Outback 3.6R is probably the weirdest model in the range, partly because it has what is probably the only remaining flat-six engine in the world.

The Outback 3.6R is probably the weirdest model in the range, partly because it has what is probably the only remaining flat-six engine in the world. 

Starting at a very reasonable $48,740 (there isn't much left on the market with that many cylinders and so few dollars), you get a CVT automatic transmission, 18-inch alloys, leather trim, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, sat nav, power front seats, cruise control,  power everything else (including heated mirrors), electric tailgate, auto headlights and wipers, sunroof, keyless entry and start, LED headlights and a full-size spare.

The mulitmedia system's Starlink software fronts a thumping harmon/kardon stereo with 11 speakers, five more than any other Outback.

The safety package starts with seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, hill descent control, two ISOFIX points and three top-tether anchors.

The 3.6R inherits the Premium's EyeSight and Vision Assist which together form an impressive safety and driver aid package - blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, active cruise control, auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane sway warning and pre-collision assistance for steering, brakes and throttle.

The Outback scored five ANCAP safety stars.

Pricing Guides

$32,572
Based on 133 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$23,830
Highest Price
$50,228

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
2.0D 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,991 – 35,990 2017 SUBARU OUTBACK 2017 2.0D Pricing and Specs
2.0D Premium 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $34,990 – 36,990 2017 SUBARU OUTBACK 2017 2.0D Premium Pricing and Specs
2.5i 2.5L, PULP, CVT AUTO $24,990 – 32,990 2017 SUBARU OUTBACK 2017 2.5i Pricing and Specs
2.5i (FLEET EDITION) 2.5L, PULP, CVT AUTO $29,990 – 33,775 2017 SUBARU OUTBACK 2017 2.5i (FLEET EDITION) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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