The Subaru Outback Wilderness Has Us Strangely Interested – A Capable Four Wheel Drive Wagon?!


The Subaru Outback Wilderness Has Us Strangely Interested – A Capable Four Wheel Drive Wagon?!

(By Tom Lohnes) – Have you ever wanted a Subaru Outback built for off-road use, and being called about the most generic off-roader name of them all? I didn’t either, until I saw the Outback Wilderness.

This is not a normal Outback. Yes, it is on the same chassis and uses the same 2.4-liter turbocharged Flat-4, but it’s CVT is tuned for off-road use, with a final drive ratio that ranges from 4.11:1 to 4.44:1. Suspension is the biggest revision, allowing the lifted Outback to swing more than the street-based models. New bumpers and a 0.8-inch suspension lift give this Outback better departure angles, so you can get through that crazy pothole on the way to adopt another dog.

Put the Wilderness into X-mode, and you’ll find sharpened throttle response, an overboost function that gives the flat-4 an impressive 290 horsepower, and the best implementation of Subaru’s famous Symmetrical AWD to date.

Don’t think of the Outback Wilderness as competition to the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner, rather as a great rival to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk  and Ford Bronco Sport. Pricing for the Wilderness hasn’t been released yet, but expect Subaru to keep up the trend of pricing far below competitors.