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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness debuts adding more off-road capability to the popular wagon

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is coming to a dealership near you.

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The first member of Subaru's new Wilderness family of vehicles has arrived. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness broke cover this morning delivering more ground clearance, a freshly tuned drivetrain, and recalibrated safety features.

Buyers will be able to tell their Wilderness model apart from the other Outbacks on the lot by its hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, front skid plate, unique hex-designed LED fog lights, and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish. Window trim and exterior badges have a black finish and Subaru Wilderness badges are featured on the front fenders and rear gate.

The exterior is highlighted with high-contrast Anodized Copper accents. Up top is a fixed ladder-type roof rack system with a 700-pound load limit.

Subaru back end Wilderness is a new brand from Subaru.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

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A new paint color, Geyser Blue, is available exclusively on the wagon. It's inspired by Subaru's rally heritage and the scenery found in the U.S. National Parks.

The 2022 Outback Wilderness offers 9.5 inches of ground clearance, a 0.8-inch upgrade over the 2021 Outback. Redesigned front and rear bumpers give the wagon better approach angles than its traditional Outback counterpart extending from 18.6 degrees to 20.0, with ramp breakover angle shifts up from 19.4 degrees to 21.2 degrees, and departure angle extends from 21.7 degrees to 23.6 degrees.

Its suspension has been tuned to improve stability over rough terrain while still delivering traditional Subaru comfort and handling on the open road. Front and rear shock absorbers have been lengthened to allow for more suspension travel.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: Exterior

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: Exterior trail driving

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The wagon's revised rear differential has a final drive ration of 4.44:1 and works with the car's continuously variable transmission (CVT) to deliver equivalent ratios at the front and rear wheels. The combination allows for more low-end torque at the wheels allowing the car to climb grades of up to 40 percent on a gravel surface.

A pressure sensor improves low speed control. Standard dual-function X-Mode includes Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes. Exclusive to the model, a new feature allows X-Mode to switch from low speed to managed speeds over 25 mph without the interruption of power or performance.

The car rides on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels that feature a matte black finish and are wrapped in Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires. The tires are embossed with raised white letters as a nod to the original Outback. A full-size spare tire is stored under the cargo area.

Each Outback Wilderness has Subaru's turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. There's an eight-speed manual mode shifter with steering wheel paddle shifters for convenience. The turbo gets an EPA-rated 22 mpg int he city and and 26 mpg on the highway. The car is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: Interior

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: Interior dashboard

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The Outback Wilderness also offers features from other Outback grades including a front view camera, LED rear gate light, and a hands-free power liftgate.

Like the Outback Onyx Edition, the interior of the Outback Wilderness features Subaru StarTex water-replant upholstery that's designed to be easy to clean and wear hard. Anodized Copper-finish accents make their way into the cabin as well. Touch points usually finished in chrome have been switched over to Gunmetal Gray in the new model.

Under the driver's feet are brushed aluminum pedals and all-weather floor mats with the Subaru Wilderness logo. In the cargo area, the rear seatback is wrapped in a waterproof material, and a waterproof rear cargo tray protects the load floor.

Each model comes standard with the largest infotainment touch screen available in a Subaru today. The 11.6-inch screen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, multimedia and climate control functionalities, the ability to control X-Mode settings, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and more. Navigation is available, along with a power moonroof and reverse automatic braking tech as part of an add-on package.

A variety of accessories have been added to the Subaru catalogue for the Outback Wilderness including aluminum or steel skid plates, a rear differential protector, and roof racks.

Pricing for the 2022 Outback Wilderness will be announced later this year.

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The Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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