Freshly redesigned, Subaru’s popular lifted wagon challenges Honda’s mid-size Passport SUV in real-world usability and performance.
Americans continue to avoid traditional station wagons like an infectious disease, yet they buy the lifted, long-roof Subaru Outbackat a considerable clip—roughly 152,000 of the things so far this year. Since Subaru doesn’t offer a true mid-size crossover between its compact Forester and three-row Ascent models, it’s up to the Subaru Legacy-based Outback, with its raised suspension, standard all-wheel drive, and adventurous go-anywhere marketing, to take on a long list of five-passenger SUVs of similar size. Vehicles such as the 2019 Honda Passport, a shorter and more wieldy version of the three-row Honda Pilot.
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