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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: flexible, practical and fun

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It's the perfect recipe. Combine a little style, a little toughness and lots of performance tech, like symmetrical all-wheel drive, and then become as popular as the Subaru Inland Wilderness in 2022. This new Wilderness trim is the big brother of the Outback bag, and according to Subaru, it is by far the most powerful Outback. In other words, here's a quick and detailed introduction to the Subaru Inland Wilderness in 2022.

Subaru Outback Wilderness Upgrade

Exclusive Exterior Features

Fancy (yet Practical) Interior

Subaru Outback Wilderness Powertrain

Towing capacity

Fuel economy

Revised rear differential

Subaru Outback Warranty

Pricing & Availability

Subaru Outback Wilderness Upgrades

It's fair to say that the new Outback Wilderness is slightly bigger and a little safer. The Outback Wilderness has an overall ground clearance of 9.5 inches, an increase of nearly an inch over the standard Outback. Subaru modified the front and rear bumpers to accommodate the increased ground clearance as well. As a result, the approach angles range from 18.6 degrees to 20, while the ramp break angle ranges from 19.4 degrees to 21.2 degrees. Departure angles have also increased from 21.7 degrees to 23.6 degrees.

Subaru engineers tweaked the chassis and suspension to prepare the Outback Wilderness for mud, dirt, sand and snow. The front and rear shocks and springs have each been increased in length to provide better vehicle stability and more suspension travel over rough terrain. Yokohama Geolander tires and 17-inch matte black alloy wheels are standard. As a bonus, Subaru even includes a full-size spare under the cargo area.

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness comes standard with a front skid plate. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

Exclusive Exterior Features

All the goodness beneath the Outback Wilderness is reflected on the outside as well. Exclusive styling treatments include the aforementioned front and rear bumpers, wider wheel arch cladding, hexagonal grille, LED fog lamps, black window trim and anti-glare matte black hood decal ( which looks cool). Anodized copper accents are found on the tow hooks and roof rails.

Although other colors are available, the photos in this article are of a color called Geyser Blue. According to Subaru, the paint color is inspired by the landscapes of US national parks and the automaker's rallying history.

Chic (but practical) interior

Like the exterior, anodized copper accents are a feature of the interior, especially visible on the steering wheel and shifter. Brushed aluminum treatments offset the copper nicely, while Gunmetal Gray replaces otherwise chrome touchpoints (like the cupholders, for example). Just for fun, a Subaru Wilderness logo appears in the instrument cluster when the vehicle is started.

The interior is functional, however, as the name Wilderness would only imply it so much. The StarTex seat material is water resistant and the cargo area has its own waterproof treatments. Versatile floor mats (with the Subaru Wilderness logo) are mud-hungry.

Technology and connectivity features include Subaru's Starlink multimedia system (11.6-inch touchscreen), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth capability, free four-month SiriusXM subscription, and three-year free SiriusXM Travel Link. Subaru's Multimedia with Navigation feature is available as part of an option package that includes a power sunroof and reverse automatic braking.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness interior. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Outback Wilderness Powertrain

The 2.4-liter boxer turbo engine develops 260 horsepower (5600 rpm) and 277 lb-ft. of torque (2000 rpm). Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive is standard, along with a Lineartronic CVT featuring an eight-speed manual mode with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Subaru's standard X-MODE includes Dirt, Snow and Mud modes. Although, unlike a standard Outback, X-MODE for the Wilderness can operate above the 25 mph threshold and automatically shift from lower to higher gears without hampering power delivery. X-MODE in the Wilderness also displays a new roll angle indicator, a feature not found in the standard Outback.

Towing capacity

When properly equipped, the Subaru Outback Wilderness can tow 3,500 lbs. Likewise, the roof racks can support 700 lbs. additional cargo value.

Fuel economy

EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2021 Subaru Outback with the 2.4-liter turbo are 23/30 city/highway and 26 combined. As of this writing, the U.S. Department of Energy has not listed any 2022 model year Subaru vehicles on its fuel economy.gov website. Since the Outback Wilderness is slightly taller than a standard model, this may have an impact on gas mileage.

Revised rear differential

This is where Subaru puts the Wild in the Wilderness! An updated rear differential provides a final drive ratio of 4.44:1. However, Subaru modified the Lineartronic CVT to achieve an equivalent final drive ratio for the front wheels. According to Subaru, with the CVT and rear differential working together, the Outback Wilderness can climb a 40% gravel grade!

A rear differential protector is available in Subaru's accessories catalog, which we recommend adding.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness underbody. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Outback Warranty

Subaru customers get a three-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. For more information on Subaru's factory warranty and to determine if you need more, check out this helpful guide. Some owners have reported issues with Subaru's automatic CVT. This comprehensive guide covers the subject in more depth.

Rates & Availability

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will hit dealerships later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to that date.

Carl Anthony is editor of Automoblog and a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and the Society of Automotive Historians. He serves on the board of directors of the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, is a past president of Detroit Working Writers and a loyal fan of the Detroit Lions.

Photos and source: American Subaru Corporation

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