Used 2012 Subaru Outback SUV

2012 Subaru Outback
List price range
$6,997 - $17,395

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • excellent visibility
  • comfortable and composed ride
  • strong crash scores
  • commendable off-road performance for a wagon
  • simple controls on lower trims.

Cons

  • Lacks agility
  • poor base stereo
  • fussy controls on upper trims.

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Subaru Outback 2012 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
152,236 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
3.6R Limited
Anmo Cars
5.4 mi away
List$6,997
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
92,473 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i PZEV
List$12,998
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
80,330 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$12,835
Est.Loan: $240/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
126,770 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
AutoTrend & Trucks
53.6 mi away
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
102,319 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$11,991
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
67,365 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
3.6R Limited
List$15,890
Est.Loan: $290/mo
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Dealer Notes
Leather Seats,Bluetooth Connection,All Wheel Drive,BASE MODEL,OFF-BLACK; LEATHER SEAT TRIM,RUBY RED PEARL This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. Contact Autonation Subaru Hunt Valley today for information on dozens of vehicles like this 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited. This Subaru includes: RUBY RED PEARL BASE MODEL OFF-BLACK, LEATHER SEAT TRIM Leather Seats *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* This 2012 Subaru Outback comes with a CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, which means you can buy with certainty. Few vehicles can match the safety and comfort of this AWD Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited. With enhanced performance, refined interior and exceptional fuel efficiency, this AWD Subaru is in a class of its own. You can tell this 2012 Subaru Outback has been pampered by the fact that it has less than 67,365mi and appears with a showroom shine. Added comfort with contemporary style is the leather interior to heighten the quality and craftsmanship for the Subaru Outback More information about the 2012 Subaru Outback: The Outback is made for outdoorsy drivers, and when optioned with the base 2.5L engine and the CVT, starts under $23,000 and provides great gas mileage. Even the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited, with its powerful 6-cylinder engine, leather seats and standard harman/hardon stereo system, starts at right around $30,000. All Outbacks, regardless of trim level include standard all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, traction control and air bags, as well as such niceties as power mirrors and cruise control. Strengths of this model include great gas mileage, roomy, comfortable interior, powerful engine lineup, and Stylish design *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.
Subaru Outback 2012 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
113,963 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
3.6R Limited
List$14,989
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
74,257 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$14,898
Est.Loan: $278/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
141,968 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$10,695
Est.Loan: $200/mo
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SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5 LIMITED WAGON MODEL WITH POWER WINDOWS AND DOOR LOCKS
Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
216,086 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium
List$8,966
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
98,400 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium
CarMax
86.4 mi away
List$14,998
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Subaru Outback 2012 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
114,241 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
3.6R Limited
Umansky Toyota
86.5 mi away
List$13,467
Est.Loan: $252/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
89,191 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Limited PZEV
List$13,498
Est.Loan: $252/mo
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$300 Below Market
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PRICED TO MOVE $200 below Kelley Blue Book!, EPA 29 MPG Hwy/22 MPG City! CARFAX 1-Owner, Clean. Heated Leather Seats, Moonroof, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, MOONROOF PKG, Aluminum Wheels, All Wheel Drive. CLICK NOW!KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Leather Seats, All Wheel Drive, Heated Driver Seat, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio Rear Spoiler, MP3 Player, Privacy Glass, Keyless Entry, Steering Wheel Controls.OPTION PACKAGES: MOONROOF PKG: pwr moonroof w/manual sunshade, auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass, HomeLink, 3.3 rear vision camera display. Subaru 2.5i Limited with Crystal Black Silica exterior and Warm Ivory interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 170 HP at 5600 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle, This Vehicle has gone through a 120 point service inspection.EXPERTS CONCLUDE: One of the first attempts to make a car-based SUV, the Outback is spacious, comfortable, and ready for any weather. Like the Legacy sedan upon which it is based, it has a sporty feel. -CarAndDriver.com. Great Gas Mileage: 29 MPG Hwy.EXCELLENT VALUE: This Outback is priced $200 below Kelley Blue Book. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $29,000*.BUY FROM AN AWARD WINNING DEALER: Faulkner Subaru is a family owned and operated dealership with over 80 years of experience in providing our customers with great cars at an excellent price. Pricing analysis performed on 8/13/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
104,859 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$11,889
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
94,674 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
60,741 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Limited PZEV
Bob Wade Lincoln
87.4 mi away
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Subaru Outback 2012 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
65,783 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
2.5i Premium PZEV
List$15,985
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Subaru Outback 2012 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
84,296 miles
Used 2012
Subaru Outback
3.6R Limited
List$17,395
Est.Loan: $317/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Subaru Outback is an appealing alternative to conventional wagons and crossovers.

vehicle overview

Like most all-wheel-drive crossovers, the chances are pretty slim that many 2012 Subaru Outbacks will ever traverse places as wild and remote as its Australian namesake. That reality does nothing to diminish this rugged wagon's appeal, however.

Key to the Outback's allure are its 8.7 inches of ground clearance and surprisingly capable all-wheel-drive system. While it's not designed for serious off-roading, this midsize wagon will let you explore graded fire roads and snow-clogged streets with confidence. The fact that this capability is balanced with civilized ride and handling means the Outback is one of the more well-rounded family movers out there. Its strengths are completed by a pair of horizontally opposed engines — a fuel-efficient four-cylinder and a gutsy flat-6.

The Outback's attractive and spacious interior is another plus. There's plenty of head- and legroom even in the rear seat, while a generous cargo hold and a clever roof rack with fold-out crossbars make the Outback a practical alternative to larger crossovers. As if this weren't enough, strong crash test scores add a healthy dose of peace of mind.

If you're looking for a traditional wagon, there are surprisingly few alternatives. The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is similarly priced, but considerably smaller. The Volvo XC70 is similarly sized, but considerably more expensive. Inevitably, the Outback will likely be cross-shopped against other popular crossovers, including the Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V and Nissan Murano. We think the 2012 Subaru Outback makes a strong case for itself against these, offering a great balance of utility, capability and refinement.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger wagon that's offered in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6 Premium and 3.6R Limited. The numbers refer to engine displacement.

The entry-level 2.5i's list of standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, roof rack rails with fold-out crossbars, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seats, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Options here include an Alloy Wheel package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels and foglights, and an All Weather package that adds heated front seats, heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The 2.5i Premium model gets you a number of desirable extras, including 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, body-color mirrors, rear privacy glass, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cargo cover, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming capability and a six-speaker sound system with an iPod/USB audio interface. Available options include the All-Weather package and a Power Moonroof package that includes (beyond the obvious) a rearview camera. Models with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) can also be had with a nine-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, satellite radio and HD radio.

Step up to the 2.5i Limited and you get the CVT automatic standard, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and wood trim, a four-way power passenger seat, the contents of the All-Weather package and the above-mentioned Harman Kardon audio system. The options list here is short, consisting of the Power Moonroof package and a navigation system with an 8-inch display, voice controls and a rearview camera.

The standard and optional equipment for the 3.6R models are very similar to those of the corresponding 2.5i trim levels. There are a few exceptions, though, as all 3.6R models get a six-cylinder engine, larger brakes and a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The base 3.6R also differs from the base 2.5i by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a cargo cover and rear privacy glass.

performance & mpg

The all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback is offered with one of two different engines. Under the hood of 2.5i models is a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ("boxer") four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a CVT. EPA fuel economy estimates for this engine are 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined with the CVT and 19/27/22 with the manual -- on par for all-wheel-drive crossovers. In Edmunds performance testing, the 2.5i with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, which is average for a four-cylinder crossover. Sticking with the manual knocks that time down to 9.4 seconds.

Outback 3.6R versions come with a 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder good for 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic with shift paddles is the only transmission offered here. In Edmunds performance testing, the 3.6R hit 60 mph in 7.3 seconds -- a strong time for a six-cylinder-powered crossover or wagon. EPA fuel economy estimates for this powertrain are 18/25/20 -- also average.

safety

The 2012 Subaru Outback comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags that cover both rows. In brake testing, a base 2.5i model came to a stop from 60 mph in a longer-than-average 130 feet. The 3.6R and its larger brakes managed a better 126 feet.

In government crash testing, the Outback earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and four stars for overall side crash protection. It also achieved the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.

driving

While the Outback's last big growth spurt paid dividends in terms of interior room, the previous generation's nimble handling was largely lost in the transformation. Handling is hampered by significant body roll and vague steering feel, and we can't say it's much better than its compact crossover competitors. Still, the Outback feels more carlike when behind the wheel, and scores high in terms of offering a comfortable ride and a quiet cabin.

All-wheel drive is standard, and with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, light off-roading is possible. This, in addition to the Subaru's rigid structure and well-insulated steering, makes it easy to traverse narrow, deeply rutted trails from which crossovers like the Nissan Murano would cower. A rock-crawler the 2012 Subaru Outback is not, but delivering kayaks and mountain bikes off the beaten path is a cinch.

As far as choosing between the two available engines, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivers both adequate performance and decent fuel economy with either the six-speed manual or the excellent CVT automatic. That said, the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine still makes sense for folks who regularly travel hilly country or frequently haul full loads of passengers, cargo or both.

interior

Though the interior of the 2012 Subaru Outback is attractive enough, especially on upper trim levels, the use of hard plastics detracts from the overall effect. It's nicer than Subaru's similarly priced Forester, however. Audio and climate controls on lower trim levels are straightforward and intuitive, but the controls on models equipped with the optional navigation system are less so. Most buyers will likely find it's worth springing for the 2.5i Premium trim level -- or especially the optional Harman Kardon audio system -- as the sound quality of the base 2.5i model's standard four-speaker stereo is poor.

Like most Americans, the Subaru Outback has grown in size in recent years. That means more room for people inside, especially in the backseat where headroom and legroom are both excellent. The seatbacks also recline for greater comfort. There are 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind those rear seats and 71.3 cubic feet with them folded down, numbers on par with the biggest "compact" crossovers like the Honda CR-V and actually more spacious than midsizers like the Ford Edge.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Subaru Outback.

My 2012 Subaru Outback Review!
box4legacy, 12/10/2011
I have owned my 2012 Subaru Outback for approximately three months, and I am very impressed and satisfied with my Subie! I drive many miles each day from and to work, and I needed a comfortable car! I researched into many different automotive manufactures, and a lot of people recommended the Subaru Outback. To make a long story short, the Subaru Outback AWD, and CVT Transmission does wonders on long distance drives on the highway and city with rain, ice, snow, and heat all thrown at my Outback, with excellent results. Currently, I am averaging 31 mpg on the highway, using Shell 87 octane gas, and Mobil-1 5W30 Synthetic Motor Oil.
Love my new Outback
jkk1943, 12/25/2011
I love the versatility of my new outback. It is comfortable, quiet and great for long road trips. I am impressed with the fuel economy I consistently get 27-28 mpg in the city and 29-31 on the road. The seats are comfortable, visability is great and the layout of instrumentation is driver friendly. Have had a minor warranty problem with fault in emission control system. Dashboard lights went on and cruise control was on longer operational. Took it to a dealer and they found and fixed a cramped emission hose. Be sure to lock down gas cap after filling or you will get the same effect.
The Wanderer
wil12345, 5/25/2012
This car would be perfect if it would only track down the road. This is our 6th Subaru and all the previous Outbacks drove fine. We have had it aligned 3 times, the rack and pinion has been adjusted, but the steering wheel will not return to center when traveling on the highway. Because of this, the car needs constant correction to drive in a straight line. We only have 2700 miles on it and if this problem can't be resolved, this car will be gone and it will be our last Subaru.
6 Month Review
gebdog, 10/31/2011
After approximately six months of owning this vehicle and 10K miles of driving I have to say I am very impressed. My wife and I tested similar vehicles before choosing the Outback. We are getting better than the advertised city and highway driving mileage. We decided to change out the factory installed tires for Michelin HydroEdge and happy we did. The new tires make an already nice ride feel more stable although with a little more road noise. We lost the passenger door speaker and once that was replaced the Harmon Kardon stereo sounds great.
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
256 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat4 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2012 Subaru Outback SUV Overview

The Used 2012 Subaru Outback SUV is offered in the following styles: 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A), 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M), 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M), 3.6R Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A), 3.6R 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A), 2.5i 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M), and 2.5i PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M).

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