Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Subaru | posted May 10, 2016 12:54
2017 Subaru Outback, Legacy get slight facelift, new standard equipment
Subaru's midsize contenders get a refresh for 2017 in the US market. Both models receive subtle exterior and interior revisions, along with new safety kit like Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist.
Starting with the 2017 Outback, the flagship crossover gets a new dark gray grill and machine-finished 18-inch alloy wheels that get same the gray hue. Further exterior updates on the 2017 Outback include the low-profile roof rails finished in silver and Outback chrome badging. Rounding it all off is a new color option called Brilliant Brown.
Inside, Subaru fitted the refreshed crossover with a 7-inch Starlink infotainment system as standard. It comes with voice activation commands, GPS navigation, dual USB ports, hands-free text messaging and Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of cabin trim, perforated leather finished in Java Brown cover the seats, door panels and armrests. Accenting the leather upholstery, on the other hand, are woodgrain trim, piano-black switch panels and ivory contrast stitching.
Over to safety, the 2017 Outback gets the following: Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist. All of these features work in conjunction with Subaru's Eyesight system.
Next is the 2017 Legacy which also get subtle exterior updates. It gets a dark gray grill, along with sporty 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Other updates done on the midsize sedan include chrome accents on the rockers and silver trim on the side mirror caps.
Stepping inside, a mix of gray and black fabric upholstery with blue stitching are seen on the seats, door panels and steering wheel. Moreover, carbon fiber trim was applied on the dashboard and door panels while the switch panels and steering wheel controls are both finished in piano-black.
Like the 2017 Outback, it also comes standard with the 7-inch Starlink infotainment system with the same level of equipment like Bluetooth, 2 USB ports and GPS Navigation as such. Also new to the 2017 Legacy are Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist.
Powering both the 2017 Outback and Legacy are the carried over 2.5-liter flat-four and 3.6-liter flat-six engines. The former generates 175 PS with 235 Nm of torque, while the latter cranks out 260 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a 6-speed manual function.