2022 Subaru Wilderness Edition

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For 2022, Subaru has upped the game for two of their most popular models with the introduction of the Wilderness Editions for the Forester and the Outback.  The Subaru brand is known for building cars that are tough and reliable.  And now, they have created these new Wilderness models engineered for off-road exploring with upgrades to their ground clearance, drivetrain and all-terrain capabilities.

Both Forester and Outback WIlderness Edition models share similar engineering design features. They both come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which provides traction in all kinds of weather and trail conditions. Nine inches of ground clearance puts you above rough terrain and a standard front skid plate gives extra protection against obstacles. Standard all-terrain tires allow for improved performance on mud, snow, gravel, and other surfaces and enhanced dual-function X-MODE with settings for Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud makes it safer to navigate through treacherous conditions.  Even gear ratios have been revised for improved low-speed climbing power.

Each Wilderness Edition Subaru has redesigned bumpers with improved approach and departure angles for steeper climbing and avoiding larger obstacles and a re-tuned suspension to handle even tougher trails. In the interior, a durable, water-resistant upholstery called Star-Tex helps the interior stand up to the elements along with any combination of passengers, pets and gear.  All Wilderness Edition models are easily distinguished from the other Subaru models by distinctive badging and strategically placed bright orange patches.

The Forester Wilderness Edition has a starting MSRP of $32,820, which is about $7,500 over a base edition. The Forester is powered by a normally aspirated 182 hp, 2.5 liter Boxer engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).  EPA estimated fuel economy numbers are 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

The larger Outback Wilderness Edition has a starting MSRP of $36,995, which is about $10,000 over a base model. The bigger Outback also gets a more powerful engine, a 260 hp, 2.4 liter turbocharged Boxer engine which is also mated to a CVT. The Outback’s fuel economy numbers are the same as the Forester, 26 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway.

Subaru used to be a car brand that was content building solid vehicles with sometimes quirky exterior designs. Over the last couple of decades, they’ve transformed into a mainstream car manufacturer with compelling designs to which new car buyers are flocking. Expect more models like the winning Wilderness Editions to appear in Subaru dealer showrooms.