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The 2016 Subaru Outback is a crossover wagon that has all-season performance without the size of a bulky SUV. The Outback now has tons of features and is better on gas than ever before. Not to mention, it looks phenomenal, and it's fun to drive as well. Here are five reasons to take a spin in this versatile Subaru.

Secure Handling

All-wheel drive comes standard on every Outback. So do 8.7 inches of ground clearance, giving you confidence and traction when doing light-duty off-road work or driving in snowy conditions. The Outback drives like a car rather than an SUV, as it's based on the Subaru Legacy. You feel in complete control with responsive steering, making it hard to consider going back to a high-riding, oversized SUV.

Impressive Fuel Economy

Generally, all-wheel-drive vehicles eat a lot of fuel, but that's not true of the Outback. Rated at 28 miles per gallon in combined driving, the standard 4-cylinder delivers -- especially on the highway, where you see 33 mpg. Those are numbers similar to most family sedans, but you can't head out on the trails with one of those like you can with the Outback. Even the powerful 256-horsepower 6-cylinder returns an impressive 27 mpg on the highway.

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With all the interior space, one might think the Outback is an SUV, but it's not. With the rear seatbacks completely flat, it has 73.3 cu ft. of space and 35.5 cu ft. behind the rear seats. You'll be hard-pressed to find many crossovers with that kind of room. The Outback has comfort for passengers too, even in the back. This Subaru has a ton of appeal over an SUV.

Generous Feature Content

Just because the Outback is reasonably priced doesn't mean it isn't loaded with features. Dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen and even heated seats come standard on most models. Top trim levels receive leather upholstery, navigation and a nice Harman Kardon audio system. There's even the EyeSight safety system, which helps keep you safe by monitoring your surroundings. The 2016 Outback now delivers a more premium feel than any other model year.

Strong Resale Value

The Outback retains a high value over time thanks to its extremely loyal owners. It has the highest resale value of any wagon, according to Kiplinger. It will be worth an unbelievable 44 percent of the purchase price after 5 years -- impressive indeed. You can drive this crossover for miles and miles, and it's good to know a buyer will pay top dollar when you pass it along.

Autotrader Says

If you don't want the bulk and height of an SUV, the 2016 Subaru Outback is a great solution. Consider this Subaru before an SUV -- we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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