Subaru Outback 2014
This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Subaru Outback: Strong engine and all wheel drive system, Practical wagon layout available, Easy to work on and reliable
The 2014 Subaru Outback carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
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Subaru Outback 2014 Towing capacity
The Subaru Outback’s towing capacity ranges from 1500kg to 1800kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.
|Subaru Outback Model||Body Type||Specs||Braked Capacity|
|2.0D||SUV||2.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN||1700kg|
Subaru Outback 2014 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Outback here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Should we replace our Holden Commodore with a Subaru Outback?
A car with a little extra ground clearance is great for camping as it often allows you to get a little farther away from the masses in their caravans who tend to huddle around the shower block at bush campsites.
The Subaru Outback is a good, solid choice and if you can find an independent workshop to service it, you’ll avoid the cost of dealership prices. And you’re right, the all-wheel-drive would be great for gravel roads. Another vehicle to look at would be a late-model Ford territory diesel which is big and clever inside and has the option of all-wheel-drive. The diesel engine is a plus on the bush where that fuel is more readily available (in really remote areas) and gives you more range for big holidays in the mulga.
Don’t rule out things like the Mitsubishi Pajero, either, which won’t be as around-town friendly, but is a proven quantity and is absolutely tremendous off-road. The same goes for a Toyota Prado or Nissan Pathfinder prior to the current model (which is a bit less hard-core adventure).
Best medium SUV for rough roads?
For your main requirements, I'd avoid all four of your shortlisted models and go for a Subaru Forester or Outback. They are more car-like but will still handle the rough roads.
Subaru's CVT is the best
You're right that the Subaru has the best CVT but it's still not remotely as good as a DSG in a VW Group product. As for more time with CVTs, I've driven them all for more than a week and they are as appealing as brussels sprouts.