The 2022 Subaru Outback was built to last, no matter if you're driving on smooth city streets or off the beaten path.

You may be wondering, though, what features contribute to the Subaru Outback off-road capabilities. We'll go over those below along with the general performance specs of this vehicle. Then, after reading through our guide, you can contact Ira Subaru to test drive the Outback near Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, MA, to see if it's right for you.

Keep reading to learn more!

Subaru Outback: Off-Roading Features

The 2022 Subaru Outback has 8.7 inches of ground clearance-or 9.5 inches on the Wilderness trim-so it can conquer almost any terrain. Plus, you can get front and rear bumper underguards to help protect the underbody of your Outback on your adventures.

In addition, the Outback comes standard with the X-MODE® system, which is available in the following configurations across the trim levels:

  • Outback, Outback Premium, Outback Limited/XT, and Outback Touring/XT: These trims come standard with a single mode system.
  • Outback Onyx Edition XT: This trim comes standard with the dual-mode system, with Snow/ Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes.
  • Outback Wilderness: This trim is made for outdoor exploration, with the advanced dual-mode system with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes, low speed/low ratio gradient control and medium-to-high-speed gravel/dirt functions.

The X-MODE® system optimizes engine output, so you can have the power you need for exploring even in the harshest conditions. That way, if a sudden flurry blows in on your weekend excursion, you can quickly pack up and still safely make the drive home.

Passive Off-Road Features

While X-MODE® is controlled by you, there's a whole slew of features that work together passively to keep you safe both on and off the road.

First of all, there's the drivetrain, the standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which routes power to both the front and the rear axles for maximum traction even in tough conditions. Also standard is Hill Descent Control, which keeps you at a constant speed when travelling downhill-great for when you're done on the slopes and need to get home.

There's also the standard Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), which is there to give you a helping hand in difficult conditions. If this precision system detects a difference between the path you want to take and the path the vehicle is actually taking, it will apply the brakes and adjust engine torque to make sure you're going the way you want to go.

Working in tandem with VDC are a few other systems, including:

  • Traction Control System
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Auto Vehicle Hold

With all these features in place, you can handle any off-roading adventures with ease.

2022 Outback Performance Specs

The Subaru Outback performs just as well on city streets and open highways as it does off-road due to its two powerful engine options and stable ride.

The 2022 Subaru Outback has two available engines to pick from, one equipped to the Wilderness trim and Outback XT trims, and the other equipped to the rest of the Outback trims. Their specs are outlined in the chart below:




Towing Capacity

EPA-Estimated MPG


182 HP

176 lb-ft

2,700 pounds

26 city/33 highway

2.4L Turbocharged SUBARU BOXER®

260 HP

277 lb-ft

3,500 pounds

23 city/30 highway

Wilderness Trim

22 city/36 highway

No matter which engine you pick, you'll have an automatic Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which means there are no standard gears. Instead, there's a near-infinite amount of gear ratios that your Outback will use to adjust the engine power automatically.

If you like the racecar-like feeling of control of a manual transmission, then this transmission comes with an 8-speed manual mode with paddle shifters.

The biggest difference is that the transmission in all Outback trims-except the XT-has Adaptive Control, while the Outback XT transmission offers High Torque with Adaptive Control.

2022 Outback: Cargo Room for All Your Gear

When you're going to the beach, to the woods, or simply to work, you want to have all your gear with you. Whether you want to bring the kids to a frozen pond for some ice skating or take a kayak to the lake alone for some quiet wilderness contemplation, the 2022 Subaru Outback has you covered.

With the versatility of the 2022 Outback, you can easily fit everything you need for your next excursion. For instance, you'll have 32.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats. Fold that row down and the space expands to 75.7 cubic feet.

For larger items, you'll have raised roof rails with integrated and retractable cross bars and integrated tie-down points. With this standard feature, you can place bikes, kayaks, skis, and more on the top of the vehicle, where they'll stay nice and secure.

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Staying Safe On and Off the Road

It isn't all fun and games when you're exploring the outdoors-you need to make sure you're safe. Luckily for you, the 2022 Subaru Outback comes standard with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning

You'll also have standard Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering. This handy driver assistance feature allows you to pass some of the burden of driving onto your Outback. You can set a speed and follow distance and your SUV will handle speeding up and slowing down to stay with the flow of traffic for you.

If you want a bird's-eye view of your vehicle without having to climb onto the roof of your Outback, then upgrade to a trim with 180-Degree Front View Monitor. With this available feature, you'll be able to see the area around your vehicle for seamless parking.

You can even upgrade to a trim with Reverse Automatic Braking, which will alert you when there's an obstacle directly behind you and apply the brakes to avoid it.

Is there anything better than when your vehicle can handle things for you? Probably not.

Test Drive the 2022 Subaru Outback!

After reading about the Subaru Outback off-roading capabilities, we're sure you're ready to venture out into the world and go exploring.

However, you'll first need to decide if those excursions around Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers, Massachusetts, and beyond will be done inside this vehicle. In order to do that, you'll want to get behind the wheel and take the car for a spin.

Don't wait. Contact us to test drive the 2022 Outback at Ira Subaru today!

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