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There are two things that the term "Outback" might call to mind. Some people might picture the arid, inland regions of Australia. Others might think of Subaru's long-loved capable SUV. Both would be right, even when we're focusing on the vehicle which was named after that tough Australian terrain.


The Outback's Beginning

The Subaru Outback debuted in the early 1990s. Like its sibling crossover, the Subaru Forester, the Subaru Outback was built on a foundation of the preexisting Subaru sedans-the Legacy and the Impreza. It first hit the markets in 1994 as the 1995 model year Subaru Outback. This version of the classic Subaru SUV was derived from the second-generation Subaru Legacy, but was then called the Legacy Outback. It had a raised suspension for better handling on various terrains, and also had more room "out back" in for cargo than its predecessor the Legacy.


During its development, it has continued to keep the name badge that associates it with its initial inspiration. The Subaru Legacy Outback went through several revisions throughout the years. When it entered its fifth generation, Subaru finally separated the two names, clarifying the Legacy as the sedan version and the Outback as the wagon.


Today's Subaru Outback

The Outback has been the best-selling all-wheel drive crossover for seven years, and deservedly so. If you haven't taken this versatile outdoor-friendly wagon out for a drive, we recommend stopping into Steve Lewis Subaru for a test drive today in Hadley, MA.