Subaru | The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness competition

The all-wheel drive of the Subaru is legendary. This Outback Wilderness fights, in its class, against SUVs like the Ford Bronco Sport, the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and the Toyota RAV4 Trail TRD, names as well established.

Posted on July 30, 2021 at 5:45 p.m.

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Ford Bronco Sport

Price: from $ 32,299

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Ford Bronco Sport

Although it technically derives from the Escape, the Bronco Sport has a personality of its own. In addition to its adventurous face, this utility offers some fun advancements, such as a bottle opener integrated into the interior hem of its tailgate. Compared to the Wilderness, the Bronco Sport struggles more to contain its body movements, is more noisy and consumes slightly more gasoline. In addition, its seats (in the front) are too narrow and too uncomfortable compared to its Japanese rival.

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Price: from $ 31,117

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Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Offroad, the Subaru Wilderness can’t repeat the same prowess as the Cherokee Trailhawk (starting at $ 37,993). Impossible. However, there is a price to pay for it. The Jeep provides lower drivability than the Subaru on the road due to imprecise steering and more permissive suspension. The Trailhawk’s 3.2L V6 offers quieter performance, but more fuel. The interior presentation is also starting to date, but when it comes to connectivity, the Jeep is still far ahead of the Subaru.

Toyota RAV4 Trail TRD

Price: from $ 30,949

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Toyota RAV4 Trail TRD

Of all the rivals featured here, the RAV4 Trail TRD ($ 42,910) is, by far, the most economical at the pump. It is also the one that offers the lowest ground clearance. Faced with the Wilderness, the RAV4 struggles to do well, regardless of the terrain on which it operates. Off-road, the Subaru is more efficient, while on public roads, it is more comfortable, quieter and dynamically more pleasant.

The owners’ opinion

Like good wine

I own a 2020 Sixth Generation Limited XT Outback, ordered in August 2019 and delivered in October 2019. It was well worth the wait! This is our third Outback. We are very satisfied with several features of the vehicle. The excellent level of comfort meets our expectations […] While enjoying impressive ground clearance, access to the vehicle is much easier than for a mid-size SUV, which is an important point for us. Subaru’s symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive allows us to drive safely, regardless of the type of road or weather conditions we encounter. If our two previous Outbacks were equipped with the 3.6L H6, this one is equipped with the 2.4L turbo which gives us the same power as the old six-cylinder engine, but with better fuel economy. This is the first time that our Outback has been equipped with the EyeSight driver assistance system. We especially like the adaptive cruise control when we are driving on the highway. Going on a trip poses no problem with regard to luggage thanks to the cargo space of 2144 L.

– François P.

Convenient, but …

I own a 2020 Subaru Outback with a 2.5L engine. A spacious and practical car. For me, it stops there. Average comfort. Touch controls and an EyeSight system that get on your nerves, not to mention the number of times the center screen goes black. As for remote start, it’s a gadget that works every other time. Don’t pay for it. Engine side, acceleration is anemic. I feel like I have a tractor in my hands. Then it drives well. In terms of consumption, our average is 9.6 L / 100 km. Too much for a four-cylinder.

– Yves G.

A good compromise

I’ve owned a 2015 Outback Limited 2.5L for four years and loved this vehicle, halfway between a truck and a car. Ideal height, very comfortable, legendary all-wheel drive, limited power of the four-cylinder, but I was still satisfied with low fuel consumption (8 L / 100 km), no oil consumption. I would have liked a little more soundproofing. The chances are strong that I will buy another one …

– Paul D.

We stack a second time

I own a rental 2020 Subaru Outback Touring with 22,000 km on the clock. This is my second Outback. I am 66 years old, I live in the countryside and my activities are skiing in the winter and golf the other three seasons. I practice these sports almost every day. So much for the introduction and this is why I chose the Outback. On the road every day, this car behaves and drives like a charm, regardless of the weather conditions. This vehicle is rigid, solid and its four-wheel drive gives us a very surprising sense of security. I also like the EyeSight system and its driving aids. The price / quality ratio and the resale value mean that I will buy this vehicle back at the end of the lease. […]. It is true that we hear the noise of the engine paired with the CVT transmission, and since everything is not perfect, I have small connectivity problems.

– Harold L.

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