Words like versatile and flexible are thrown around a lot in the automotive business these days. But if you’re shopping for a new vehicle in Bassett, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro and need it to fulfill various roles, there’s probably a 2024 Subaru Outback that fits the bill. Whether you see the Outback as a midsize crossover SUV, a large station wagon, or anything else, it’s hard to imagine too many jobs it can’t handle if configured right.
If you like to have plenty of trim levels and specifications to choose from when shopping for a new vehicle, you’re unlikely to do better than the 2024 Subaru Outback. Anything more than five or six trim levels in a model lineup is a lot these days, but Subaru has smashed that convention out of the park with no fewer than nine different Outback trim levels.
The lineup starts with the entry-level Outback Base and then goes to the Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, Limited XT, and range-topping Touring XT. The XT trim levels, like the Limited XT, for example, don’t get you an extended wheelbase or anything like that. However, they represent a significantly higher specification than their non-XT equivalents in the Outback lineup.
The 2024 Subaru Outback has the basics well and truly nailed down with excellent handling and a comfortable ride, but that’s only the first part of the performance story with this flexible midsize crossover SUV. All models up to and including the 2024 Subaru Outback Touring get a standard 2.5-liter flat-four engine that develops a useful 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. From the Onyx XT and higher, the standard powerplant gets upgraded to a 2.4-liter turbo-four with 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque.
In time-honored Subaru tradition, every Outback comes with Subaru Symmetrical AWD. Every model also sends its power to all four wheels through a CVT transmission, which has to be one of the best examples of its type you can buy. Other standard features across the range include Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and Subaru’s X-MODE. The towing capacity of models equipped with the flat-four is 2,700 pounds, and those with the turbo-four can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
With nine trim levels in the 2024 Subaru Outback family, you might think the differences between some of them could be minimal. In some ways, that’s correct, but only because all Outback models have a very generous set of standard features. Safety features are a particularly impressive example, with every Outback getting at least automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. They help the 2024 Outback to a five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS.
Seat coverings come in cloth, waterproof synthetic leather, or high-quality Nappa leather. Every trim level from the Onyx Edition upwards also comes with a standard hands-free power liftgate, dual-zone climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Although the Base Outback features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with all the usual amenities, retail buyers will want to start at the Premium or higher to get a substantial upgrade to a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen system. For 2024, the Wilderness trim gets a few tweaks to the grille and front bumper that make this most rugged-looking version of the brand’s most rugged vehicle even more rugged!
The 2024 Subaru Outback is a remarkably flexible and versatile vehicle, and it’s hard to imagine what it can’t do as long as you don’t need more than five seats. Even the fuel economy can be pretty impressive, with models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine boasting 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Check out the Outback for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Subaru here at 4730 Virginia Ave, Bassett, Virginia, or call us at (276) 647-1775 to book an appointment for a time that fits your schedule.