Believe It: There's a Deal to Be Had on the 2017 Subaru Outback

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
believe it there s a deal to be had on the 2017 subaru outback

According to, there are roughly 17,000 copies of the 2017 Subaru Outback on dealer lots across the United States.

That’s slightly more than one month’s supply for the Outback, a high-riding crossover of a wagon that has lately attracted an average of 15,600 U.S. sales per month.

But with a modest facelift and underskin refresh due for the 2018 model year — there are already 6,000 Outbacks in stock at Subaru dealers — Subaru needs these 2017 Outbacks to disappear before full availability of MY2018 Outbacks kills demand for the outgoing model.

So Subaru is doing what Subaru doesn’t do. You can get a deal on a 2017 Subaru Outback.

Granted, it’s not the $23,500 discount witnessed last week on remaining editions of the 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence. It’s not the $6,923 price cut on remaining in-stock 2017 GMC Acadia SLTs or the $3,000 rebate on 2017 Lexus GX460s.

This is Subaru, after all, where incentivization is as rare as a Smart Fortwo EV dealer. According to TrueCar, Subaru spent just $1,009 in incentives per vehicle in July 2017, 72 percent below the industry average, the lowest of any major automaker. That equals a modest 4 percent discount on the price of an average Subaru in an industry that discounted vehicles by 11 percent in July.

For the 2017 Subaru Outback, however, CarsDirect says the typical absence of Subaru rebates remains intact, but their 2017 Outback adds enticements via interest-free financing for up to 63 months.

CarsDirect says these offers on the fifth-generation Subaru Outback “are the best they’ve ever been.”

The only problem? Outbacks don’t stay on the shelf long when there are no deals to be had. Prospective Outback customers who want to snap up Subaru’s current deal will not have many weeks before stock runs dry.

The 2018 Subaru Outback, meanwhile, is all but visually identical to the 2017 model. Engines are unchanged, but the continuously variable transmission is retuned to be smoother and more responsive, and to sound less CVTish.. The Outback is expected to be more hushed inside thanks to thicker windows. There are also infotainment upgrades.

[Image: Subaru]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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  • Ravenchris Ravenchris on Aug 15, 2017

    This vehicle is not my cup of tea, but posts about getting a good deal are. More, please.

  • JerseyRon JerseyRon on Aug 15, 2017

    It was my understanding that Subaru has been offering 0% up to 63 months on the Outback since July 1st. Currently, they also have the same offer on the Legacy. Definitely a good time to shop for those interested in these 2 vehicles.

  • Tassos The EQS is the best looking BEV, better than even the only Tesla I would ever consider (the S) and more luxurious inside etc etcThe self driving features will come in handy when I'm 110 and my eyesight and reaction times start to suffer.But that's four decades away, and only Tim recommends 40 year old "used cars"
  • Tassos "Baby, Baby light my fire!""Oh God please give me a Kia Forte" --Janis Joplin
  • Tassos The fugly looks of any Subaru, and especially the non-sporty non-elegant, fugly, low-rent looks and interior of the WRX are alone a sufficient turnoff to never want to own one.One can be a 100% car enthusiast but ALSO demand a beautiful AND luxurious vehicle one can be truly proud of and which makes one very happy every time one drives it.The above is obviously totally foreign to Subaru Designers and managers.Αnd who cares if they sell all they make? this is 100% worthless bragging, since they hardly make ANY. ALL of Subaru's models together, all dozen of them, sell less than the top selling Toyota or Honda or even Tesla sells. ANd furthermore, if you have the intellectual horsepower to understand it, bulldude, which I am 99% sure you sure as hell do not, it is NOT about the sales units, it is not even about the sales revenue.It is all about the P R O F I T S.Am I going slow enough for you, bulldude?
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