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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2024 Subaru Outback Onyx?

Should You Buy a 2024 Subaru Outback Onyx?


  • The 2024 Subaru Outback starts at $30,240 in the United States and at $36,290 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.

  • Excellent all-weather traction, comfortable ride and cabin, priced to sell.

  • Short on centre console storage space, too-small on-screen climate controls, below-average cargo space with the rear seats in place.


Could the 2024 Subaru Outback be the best interpretation of a crossover vehicle? The nameplate was originally based on the Legacy Station Wagon, and over time, it became a utility vehicle pretty much by default.

Even 30 years later, the Outback is still somewhat of an anomaly. Its roofline is more wagon-like than SUV-like, and that’s probably one of the reasons that makes the vehicle so popular. Not everyone wants a more traditional crossover vehicle or even a body-on-frame SUV, and the Subie isn’t any less versatile. Well, maybe a little.

The 2024 Subaru Outback offers two powertrain choices. The U.S.-market’s base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited and Touring trim levels are equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.5L flat-four engine that develops 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, managed by a continuously variable automatic transmission. Obviously, the brand’s trademark full-time all-wheel drive is standard. The Canadian-market Convenience, Touring, Onyx and Limited trims also get this powertrain setup.

2024 Subaru Outback Onyx

Meanwhile, the U.S. Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, Limited XT and Touring XT as well as the Canadian Wilderness, Limited XT and Premier XT benefit from a turbocharged 2.4L flat-four that generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It too is connected to a continuously variable automatic.

While most trims distinguish themselves by feature content, the Outback Wilderness is a more unique proposition. Instead of the regular 8.7-inch or 220 mm ground clearance, the Wilderness gets an elevated suspension with 9.5 inches or 241 mm of clearance, in addition to 17-inch wheels with a black matte finish, wrapped in Yokohama Geolander A/T 225/65R17 tires. It also benefits from an exclusive dual-function X-Mode drive system with Snow/Dirt, low-speed Deep Snow/Mud, high-speed Deep Snow/Mud as well as Low Speed/Low Ratio Gradiant Control settings. It can crawl over treacherous terrain more adeptly than other Outback variants.

2024 Subaru Outback Onyx

Towing capacity with the base engine is rated at 2,700 pounds or 1,225 kilograms, while the turbo engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds or 1,588 kg.

Fuel economy ratings are set at 26/32/29 mpg or 9.2/7.4/8.3 L/100 km with the 2.5L engine, and at 22/29/25 mpg or 10.6/8.1/9.5 L/100 km with the turbo 2.4L engine. The Wilderness trim level gets slightly worse numbers because of its reduced aero efficiency and all-terrain tires.

EngineCity/Highway/Combined (mpg)City/Highway/Combined (L/100 km)
2.5L F426 / 32 / 299.2 / 7.4 / 8.3
Turbo 2.4L F422 / 29 / 2510.6 / 8.1 / 9.5
Turbo 2.4L F4 (Wilderness)21 / 26 / 2311.0 / 9.0 / 10.1

During our test in an Outback equipped with the base powertrain, we managed an average of 26 mpg or 9.2 L/100 km.

The 2024 Subaru Outback’s price in the United States ranges from $30,240 to $44,140 in the United States. The Outback’s price in Canada ranges from $36,290 to $49,690. All prices include freight and delivery charges. Competition includes the Chevrolet Blazer, the now-discontinued Ford Edge, the Honda Passport, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Kia Sorento, the Nissan Murano, the upcoming Toyota Crown Signia and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

2024 Subaru Outback Onyx


Why You Should Buy a 2024 Subaru Outback

  • Obviously, the Outback’s full-time all-wheel drivetrain is very capable during winter driving conditions. The competition’s on-demand AWD systems are good, but Subaru’s Symmetrical tech has a split-second advantage.
  • With plenty of suspension, a lot of cargo space and a long load floor, in addition to integrated, swivel-out roof rack crossbars, the Outback always seems ready for adventure.
  • The 2024 Subaru Outback’s size allows for an accommodating cabin, with comfortable seating for all. Rear-seat occupants notably get three-position reclining seatbacks, which is a nice touch.

  • Subaru’s infotainment system is easy to use while driving, with a decent-sized and responsive touchscreen. The rest of the controls feel substantial, as if the car was built to last for decades.
  • Pricing is very aggressive, especially compared to other midsize crossover vehicles, while good fuel economy also keeps operating costs down. In addition, Subaru keeps things simple by not charging extra fees for certain paint colors, like most other automakers do.


Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2024 Subaru Outback

  • Though cargo space is generous, it isn’t as much with the rear seatbacks in place. At least compared to other midsize utility vehicles.
  • There are some physical climate control buttons such to set the temperature and activate the defrost functions, but the rest are relegated to the bottom of the touchscreen. Those button zones are a little small and somewhat distracting to use while driving.
  • The Outback is short on centre console storage.


Final Word

Because it’s a blend of versatility, efficiency, interior space and all-weather capability that’s perfect for the Canadian and northern U.S. markets. Do you wonder why there are so many Subarus driving around Quebec and Vermont? We don’t. It’s also rugged enough to please crossover buyers down south who lead an active lifestyle as well.

In addition, the Outback offers midsize crossover utility and space at compact crossover prices and fuel economy. Despite not being the most spacious, the most powerful or arguably the most stylish vehicle in its segment, it has very few shortcomings, making a solid purchase.

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