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Overview of 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R By Eric Tallberg
Sporting 6-cylinder power, 71.3 cubic feet of total cargo space, 8.7 inches of ground clearance and, of course, standard all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R packs some serious performance and utility. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels and a newly redesigned roof rack endow this midsize 5-place wagon’s profile, while cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, reclining rear seats and simulated alloy trim accents adorn the cabin. Additionally, cruise control remains standard, as do telescoping tilt-wheel steering and full power accessories. Air conditioning is also standard, while the steering wheel again mounts cruise and audio controls. Entertainment, meanwhile, is presented by the standard single-CD player boasting 4 speakers and auxiliary MP3 input.
Standalone options for the semi-entry-level outback 3.6R include remote engine start, rear-seat DVD entertainment and upgraded cabin illumination. The Popular Equipment Group 1B options package, meantime, offers an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a compass and a universal remote garage door opener.
A horizontally opposed 3.6-liter 6-cylinder powerplant gives this peppy people-hauler its moniker and mates with a standard 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission to pump out 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Variable valve timing (VVT) means an estimated 18 mpg city/25 highway from the six-banger, while towing is maxed out at 3,000 pounds with the optional tow hitch mounted. The full-time symmetrical AWD system, meanwhile, allows added torque to be delivered to the wheels that grip in snowy conditions or in light off-road duties.
Notable standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Outback 3.6R includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, and front side-mounted airbags. Such additional safety features as daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights and a remote antitheft alarm system also come standard, while an enhanced remote antitheft alarm system comes with the available Popular Equipment Group 1B.
This overview covers the 3.6R trim only.
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