- Safety rating: Five stars
- MSRP: $23,495
- Type: Wagon
- Fuel economy:
- City - 24 mpg
- Highway - 30 mpg
For almost 20 years, the Outback has been a solid alternative to an SUV, and the 2014 model is no exception. It's bigger than past Outback wagons, now offering more cargo space and room for younger passengers.
There's 34.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 71.3 cubic feet if the rear seats are folded down. Back-seat passengers will find plenty of legroom and seats that recline.
From a safety standpoint, the Outback is hard to beat. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability control, traction control and eight air bags. It's named a top safety pick plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The basic 2.5i model comes with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Expect to get around 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the standard six-speed manual transmission.
This vehicle also comes with flexible roof rails and all-wheel drive for the outdoorsy family.