2012 Subaru Outback


#1 out of 9 in 2012 Wagons

$10,954 - $14,387

2012 Subaru Outback Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Subaru Outback was new.


Interior: 8.7

Few reviewers comment on the overall interior design or quality of the 2012 Subaru Outback, though those who do agree that the interior has construction and materials that feels right for the price. The real story inside this car is how roomy, comfortable and useful it is.

  • "Outback interiors are finished with price-appropriate materials. Upholstery is tasteful cloth in Premium, and leather in Limited. Contrasting metal-look accent finishes add a touch of class to both models, but the wood-grain trim in Limiteds isn't particularly convincing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the cockpit is a logical layout with door and dash surfaces perfectly finished and an understated design. Subaru is good at making fake wood look like real wood." -- Popular Mechanics


The Outback seats five, and reviewers give Subaru credit for designing a back seat that can comfortably handle adults.

  • "The front bucket seats are quite comfortable, and the rear bench is fine for two people but a bit cramped for three adults." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "While its redesigned front buckets remain the best seats in the house, a new 60/40-split rear bench now runs a closer second thanks to the addition of adjustable-rake backrests." -- Motor Trend
  • "Outback's rear seat is a highlight. Outbacks have excellent headroom and good legroom for adults, even behind a front seat set for a 6-footer." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With 4 more inches of legroom than before and rear doors that open wide, the rear seat area is a substantial improvement over the previous Outback. It's not only a comfortable place for adults, but it's a rear seat that adults can climb into without much trouble. Up front the seats are relatively flat, and the bottom cushions could be longer, but it's hard to imagine anyone whining about being uncomfortable." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "Unless you belong in the WWE or you're an NBA draft prospect from China, sit in the back of the Outback and your legs will not touch the front seats." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Reviewers say that no matter what trim you choose, the interior features on the 2012 Subaru Outback work well. The base model comes with power windows and door locks, cruise control and an auxiliary audio input jack. Leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, heated seats, a moonroof and dual-zone climate control are available depending on the model you select. The very top models have features like a 400-watt Harman Kardon audio system, available navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and a USB media interface.

  • "Controls are clearly marked and easy to use on models without the navigation system. Outback test cars equipped with navigation absorb some audio functions, complicating their use. Some testers dislike the pushbutton climate controls, others aren't bothered by them." -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 Subaru Outback has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use and 71.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. These figures are excellent for the Outback’s class and even compared with some SUVs. Reviewers like that there’s hidden underfloor storage in the cargo area.

  • "Guess what? It's an SUV, folks!" -- Edmunds
  • "Those rear seats, by the way, are one-touch fold-down with a 60/40 split, and also recline. The hauling space behind them can be covered with a retractable tonneau, and when you don't want to mess with the cove you can hide it in the subfloor, accessed by lifting the up the rubber mat and carpet." -- Autoblog

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