2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness Review

The 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness is a truly unique offering from Subaru in the crossover SUV segment. It’s a vehicle that can take you camping to the most remote locations in the country, yet still get you to work on time. The theme for the new Wilderness models seems to be “refined SUV meets off road car.” So if you’re looking for something that can perform well on the road, doesn’t get into intense rock-crawling, but still offers you the best of both worlds while taking you from A to B in comfort, then the new Outback Wilderness is it . It’s comfortable, strong and rugged, and it performs surprisingly well when it comes to its off-road capability–far better than most sedans and similar mid-size SUVs. Moreover, the new version is taller, more energy-efficient and more hi-tech than many of its predecessors, making it a perfect choice when you need a practical as well as great looking car.

The new design and the elevated 9.5 inch ground clearance will give you a good first impression of what’s in store when it comes to the brand new Outback Wilderness. This off-road SUV is one of the few that can truly back up its rugged looks with performance features to match. The rear bumpers have been redesigned completely along with the added ground clearance to support the mid-size SUV in its adventures. Unlike previous Outback versions ,the 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness has improved approach and departure angles, while also having been upgraded with a dual-function X-MODE that helps for handling rough terrain, as well as slippery snow and mud. You also get new wheels, and according to most experts the 17-inch alloy off-road wheels and the improved all-terrain Yokohama GEOLANDAR tires were one of the most important choices Subaru made when it came to redesigning the car. When comparing it to its predecessor, you’ll find that even just having the new wheels and tires will make the Subaru Outback Wilderness far superior and better able to tackle low speed climbing, slippery terrain and some genuinely harsh trails. While some mid-size SUVs are designed to sacrifice comfort for function, the Outback Wilderness is different. Instead, it comes with features that are meant to increase its toughness intelligently as well as aesthetically. Some examples include the stylish water-repellent StarTex upholstery and the flexible fold-down rear seats, both of which are meant to maximize comfort yet increase your ability to get things done quickly and conveniently. The cargo capacity is 32.5 cubic feet, however that number is raised up to 75 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Along the same lines, the LED cargo lamp is a great addition for helping you find
everything easily after sunset. The new and improved infotainment system includes not only a larger, 11.6-inch touchscreen, but full access to hands-free smartphone operation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the news, weather, podcasts, navigation and STARLINK apps.

Subaru’s new off-road SUV features a 2.4 liter, 260 HP turbocharged direct injected four cylinder engine. The 277 lb-ft of torque allows towing up to 3,500 lbs. The new drive train is also worth mentioning due to its improved gear ratios and re-tuned CVT transmission

Although the 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness isn’t as good as getting through big obstacles as well as the Jeep Wrangler, it is certainly better mannered on the road. However, in light off-roading when camping or just off the beaten path, it can still get you out of tricky situations. The Subaru’s performance across all types of terrains is remarkable, and on the road you can still get a pleasant overall experience along with a surprisingly good performance. The Outback Wilderness also has a combined EPA fuel economy of 27 MPG, which is impressive considering its capabilities both on and off road.

In regards to safety features, Subaru has spared expense to ensure that the 2023 Outback Wilderness is a genuinely safe car. The new and improved
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available in all models as standard, and comes with highly advanced safety features such as Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, optimized cruise control, and a lane assistance feature that does an excellent job monitoring traffic and ensuring that you stay within your lane. All in all, the 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness can be seen as an uncommonly hi-tech and safe vehicle, when you think about the affordable cost of the car.

The 2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness and all Subaru vehicles are available in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts at Anchor Subaru in North Smithfield RI, and in Connecticut at Premier Subaru in Branford and Premier Subaru in Middlebury.