Subaru knows what its customers want, and once again it has delivered. No, dogs aren’t yet available as a factory accessory, though the automaker sets up adoption drives. We’re talking about selling adventure, and the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is the most rugged and capable Outback to date. Subaru is aiming for better off-road competence without impinging on a comfortable ride on pavement. And if this seems ambitious for what seems like a station wagon, keep in mind: The Outback is more or less an SUV, qualifying as such for our SUV of the Year competition (and cleaning up in our midsize SUV rankings) by way of its roominess, already substantial ground clearance, and sure-footed all-wheel drive.
The Outback Wilderness is not only about beefier looks and bashing rocks; it adds plenty of hardware that targets the growing overlanding community, making it easier to head to the trails and camp out straight from the factory. Of course, the Subaru remains a car-based creation, so it’s best to think of the Wilderness as closer to a competitor to the Toyota RAV4 Adventure or TRD Off-Road, which are more proficient than their regular models but not as capable as a 4×4 rock-crawler such as a Jeep Wrangler. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.