The Subaru Outback has a strong heritage and it is the automakers flagship even though the Forester out sales the Outback. There is a simple trim lineup for the Outback. All come standard with the brand’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a CVT transmission, meaning that the only choices for buyers are between the trims themselves and two engine choices. At its core, the Outback is nothing but a wagon version of the Legacy sedan sitting higher on stilts. This is not just a say, with the lift kit, the Outback sits as high as most crossovers and has 8.7 inches of ground clearance that is more than many SUVs. As a result, it is a capable off-road vehicle, good for getting to a hiking trail or campsite. To power the Outback base trim there is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is rated at 170 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, while the optional 3.6-liter 6-cylinder checks in at a great 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Gas mileage for the base engine is thrifty, at 24/33/28 mpg while the 6-cylinder takes a drops its numbers to 20/27/22mpg. In terms of safety, the Outback boasts eight airbags, including two that deploy from the seat base below the driver's and front passenger’s knees to help keep them in place in the event of an accident. One major option available on trims higher than the 2.5i Premium is Subaru’s EyeSight collision-avoidance system. In addition to the convenience of adaptive cruise control, EyeSight reads the road ahead and brakes upon forward collision detection. Subaru has always been a safety leader so the Outback model is no exception. All trims have received top marks from both the independent IIHS and the federal government’s NHTSA. Although Subaru’s Starlink Safety and Security packages mimic General Motors’ OnStar system, they do include automatic collision notification and an app that allows buyers to remotely lock or unlock a car. Most of the services require an additional fee, but it's worth noting that Subaru charges substantially less for its services than many of its competitors. The Outbacks with the 4-cylinder engine are available in four trim grades. The Premium trim builds on the base 2.5i, with conveniences like a few appearance upgrades, larger infotainment screen, heated seats, and automatic climate control. The Limited adds a faux wood interior trim, Harman/Kardon audio system, upsized 18-inch alloy wheels, and leather seating. A new Touring trim package further elevates the ante with exclusive exterior bits, brown leather seats, and a heated steering wheel. People interested in the 6-cylinder are restricted to the Limited and Touring trim levels.