2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: 4 Things to Know About the Most Capable Outback

The Subaru Outback is already one of the automaker’s most adventure-ready vehicles, but the popular wagon is getting even more in touch with its wild side for 2022 with the new Outback Wilderness model. Subaru calls it the most capable Outback thanks to suspension and all-wheel-drive upgrades that increase its capabilities. 

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Here are four things to know about the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. 

1. It Looks the Part

Outside, the Outback Wilderness wears more rugged-looking front and rear bumpers along with larger wheel arch cladding, a more aggressive front skid plate, special hexagonal LED foglights, black window trim, a matte-black anti-glare hood decal and Wilderness badges.  

In addition, it’s further distinguished from the regular version by an enormous roof rack. The ladder-type setup has a load limit of 700 pounds, which Subaru says can be used safely with a roof-top tent. 

Lastly, it’s available in a new exclusive color, Geyser Blue, which was inspired by scenery found in U.S. National Parks.

2. Destination: Off-Road

The new model is slightly taller and wider than the regular version and is extra off-road ready thanks to 9.5 inches of ground clearance — almost 1 inch more than the regular Outback. 

The wagon’s approach angles have also been extended from 18.6 degrees to 20.0, and its departure angle grows from 21.7 degrees to 23.6 degrees. The model’s ramp breakover angle also changes from 19.4 degrees to 21.2. 

The Outback Wilderness is shod in Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires, which Subaru says provide better performance on muddy and gravel roads. The tires are paired with exclusive matte-black 17-inch alloy wheels. 

3. Mechanical Upgrades 

The Outback Wilderness comes with the Outback’s optional powertrain: the 260-horsepower, turbocharged 2.4-liter horizontally opposed engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Subaru says the transmission has been tweaked with a new final drive ratio (4.11:1 to 4.44:1) to improve the availability of low-end torque for more confidence on hill climbs and on gravel. 

As with other Outback models, the Wilderness version uses the X-Mode off-road-oriented all-wheel-drive system, which includes Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes. In the Wilderness, however, the system has been upgraded for better performance at higher speeds. 

Suabru retuned the Outback Wilderness’ suspension, and the front and rear shock absorbers and springs are longer for more ground clearance and suspension travel. The automaker says this should improve stability on rougher terrain. 

4. It Can Get Messy 

Inside, the Outback Wilderness isn’t afraid of a little mud. The model’s seats are made with water-repellant material and in back, there are standard all-weather floormats and a waterproof rear cargo tray. The seatbacks have also been wrapped in a waterproof material. 

Other interior changes include anodized copper-finish accents on the steering wheel, shifter assembly and meter rings complemented by copper-colored contrast stitching on the seats and surfaces. 

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness will go on sale in late spring; pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date. 

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