The Outback 3.6R comes with a 3.6L Boxer engine that produces 256 hp with 247 lb-ft of torque, making up for the lack of a turbo charged option. The new Outback also comes with a smaller 2.5L Boxer engine, but we know from personal experience driving up and down I-70 here in Colorado, it’s very nice to have some extra oomph to get up those mountain passes. Plus, the starting price for the 3.6R, $28,195 is reasonable for the more powerful option. Fuel efficiency lacks a little bit due to the large engine, but is still respectable at 25mpg highway/18mpg city, making long trips a little easier on your wallet. Most importantly, the Outback 3.6R offers high ground clearance for a car: 8.7 inches, allowing you to tackle snow-covered roads without the risk of plowing them for the cars behind you.
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