2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness costs $38,120 on any terrain

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness costs $38,120 on any terrain

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Driving the Subaru Outback Wilderness

The Outback is what I’d call a Daily Delight. It’s not fast, though it can be fairly quick once you get used to the CVT’s behavior, and it’s not exactly the sharpest-handling car you’ll ever drive—or the fifth, sixth, or seventh one—but it’s got an adequate amount of power and road feel to sort out any situation you may come across. Except for drag-racing our autocrossing, of course.

My daily commute involves all city driving. And living in a downtown setting, the Outback Wilderness’ suspension stood out to me, of all things. It’s well sprung, well dampened, and as a result, it’s a very capable and comfortable commuter that does a great job at softening even the shittiest of roads. Steering feel is on the lighter side—though slightly disconnected if you’re wanting to get technical on twisty roads, which I suppose is unlikely for most Outback owners. It does, however, provide for effortless operation whether you’re street parking or busting U-turns in downtown streets.

Both school runs I perform daily are done either near or at rush hour, so I deal with plenty of traffic. I found the Outback’s overall dynamics perfect for this type of driving, as the car’s acceleration is smooth, the braking is soft yet reassuring, and as I’ve already stated, the suspension is plush. And when there was ice and snow on the road, I experienced the excellent AWD system that even on all-terrain tires (which aren’t always great for icy conditions) kept the car’s composure and constantly maximized grip. The Outback felt confident under braking as well as under acceleration, and I really enjoyed kicking the tail out and sliding it a bit—when safe to do so. It may not be a WRX

Jerry Perez

Another feature I truly enjoyed was the alert that pops up in the gauge cluster when the car in front of you has moved after stopping at a red light. This means that if you’re fiddling with the finicky infotainment system (more on this later) or looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the traffic light—you know who you are—a beep will save you the embarrassment of getting honked at.

Overall, driving the Wilderness was a very pleasant experience as long as you know what to expect. Despite it looking a bit chunky with its cladding, it drives like a docile station wagon that wants to do nothing else but adapt to whatever you’ve got going on that day. In my case, that was school runs, grocery runs, dog park runs, and a bit of touring the countryside over the weekend. The additional ground clearance, all-terrain tires, and other extra Wilderness bits make it considerably more capable than the regular Outback, especially here in the Midwest where we can go from zero inches to a foot of snow in a few hours, or constantly deal with flooding. You get actual performance-enhancing hardware for your extra cash, not just colorful body bits.

Re-Tuned Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

EyeSight has been found to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%.

The 2022 Forester Wilderness features standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you’re swaying outside your lane. The Automatic Pre-Collision Braking feature can apply full braking force and bring you to a complete stop in emergency situations. Automatic Emergency Steering, an all-new feature for 2022, can assist in certain emergency scenarios by steering the vehicle away from an oncoming obstacle when there is a clear path and braking alone may not be enough to avoid an accident. EyeSight and other safety features in the Forester Wilderness have been calibrated to match its increased ground clearance and extensive off-road upgrades.

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

The impressive off-road capability of the Forester Wilderness starts with its dependable Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It features a balanced design for better stability on a wide range of surfaces and optimizes power distribution between the wheels to deliver maximum traction on challenging trails or in slippery weather conditions. Working together with the rest of the all-terrain upgrades on the Forester Wilderness, you can count on the confident grip of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to take your adventures deeper into the backcountry than ever before.

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Discover the 2022 Subaru Outback® Wilderness at Quantrell Subaru Near Louisville

Now that the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is here, we’re as excited as ever to help you get into a Subaru. At Quantrell Subaru, we’re proud to be part of a dealership family whose history dates back to 1969. The auto industry has evolved and changed quite a bit since then, but we’ve stuck to a philosophy of only offering an enjoyable and knowledgeable experience across the board.

So stop by today to explore and test drive the Outback Wilderness in person. We’ll also be your source for more info on the upcoming all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra, so stay tuned!

There’s No Limit to What Adventure Subaru Outback® Wilderness Can Handle

Combining lifted ground clearance with the iconic Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, the first Outback sealed itself as a legend of comfortable all-terrain, all-weather machines, with Subaru Outback lease deals being just about unbeatable.

As it evolved, off-road enthusiasts began lifting their Outback even higher for more capabilities. Well, no modifications are necessary here to achieve this, as the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness raises the standard Outback 8.7-inch ground clearance to 9.5 inches.

What good is ground clearance without traction? Not very. That’s why the Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition includes an upgraded and re-tuned Dual-Function X-MODE® for difficult terrains like deep snow, sand, and mud. Better still, Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires come standard to take grip to the extreme, with a full-size spare included too.

To cap it off, a 260 horsepower turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine is also standard on the Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition, with re-tuned gearing for unstoppable low-speed climbing capabilities and a 3,500-lb tow rating to boot.

Subaru Outback Wilderness Features, Options, and Competition

Base Outbacks start at $28,070, with $38,120 getting you the Wilderness trim. The test car’s final MSRP came to $39,965 and didn’t feature much in the way of additional equipment. There was only “Option Package 22,” per the spec sheet, which bundles the “Starlink 11.6″ Multimedia Navigation System,” power moonroof, and reverse automatic braking. The price of this package is $1,845. Should you skip this option, you’ll get the same touchscreen just without a navigation feature, and a solid roof. 

With the lack of options in the wagon segment, it’s tough to find a direct competitor for the regular Outback, let alone the more rugged Wilderness model. The Volvo V60 Cross Country could be one, though it’s a more premium offering that comes with a considerably steeper price tag. The Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape are more comparable in terms of price, but lack standard features like all-wheel drive and are solidly in the crossover/SUV territory.

Rugged Exterior Styling

The Outback Wilderness is ready for real off-road adventure with extended exterior cladding and high-clearance front and rear bumpers, offering extra protection around the wheel wells and lower impact zones. The exclusively available Geyser Blue exterior paint, functional Anodized Copper finish accents, and Subaru Wilderness badging ensure it stands out on any summit.


Specs at a glance

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    Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

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