2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Gets a Mud Treatment


2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Gets a Mud Treatment

In 1982, my parents replaced their rear-drive Buick Regal with a four-wheel-drive Subaru GL wagon, a car that revolutionized Maine winter driving for the Dyer household. No more begging for ashes from a neighbor’s wood stove to throw under the tires—just pull the stubby lever to the left of the shifter and you were on your way. The GL’s deep-snow acumen implied all-terrain invincibility. And as soon as spring arrived, my father took the wagon out on some nearby trails and got it righteously stuck, high centered on a log lying across the path. That day Dad learned that when it comes to off-roading, a four-wheel-drive car is still a car.

Despite ads glorifying river crossings and dusty dirt roads, I don’t recall early-1980s Subaru promising any real trail capability for its diminutive four-by-fours. Forty years later, the humble Subaru wagon has evolved into something more like a real SUV, in the form of the 2022 Outback Wilderness. More than cosmetic, the Wilderness brings legit hardware: a lifted suspension that provides 9.5 inches of ground clearance, a front skid plate, revised bodywork to increase approach and departure angles, and Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires. Those all-terrain tires sport raised white letters, a feature scientifically proven to increase both off-road prowess and the odds that fellow motorists will ask for your CB handle. Under the hood, a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four is standard equipment, and low-speed trail pickin’ is facilitated by a shorter final-drive ratio: 4.44:1.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.