Interesting Facts about the Subaru Outback
- The Outback nameplate has been used by Japanese auto manufacturer Subaru since 1994. The "Outback" name is actually found in two other different Subaru vehicles. One of these would be the Subaru Legacy Outback, which is a variant of the Subaru Legacy that is equipped with heightened suspension and sportier trims. The other vehicle would be the hatchback version of the popular Subaru Impreza. Nowadays, the modern Subaru Outback has been redesigned into a crossover vehicle, which is a huge leap from its previous hatchback looks.
- The Subaru Outback was named after the "outback" regions in Australia. The name was chosen to emphasize the vehicle's moderate off-road capabilities and sporty look. Although it's a Japanese car, the Australian imagery used for this vehicle made it a popular vehicle in Australia as well.
- The company Subaru has quite a history to its name too. It is actually owned by Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., which in turn traces its roots to the Nakajima Aircraft Company, an airplane parts supplier to Japan during World War II. After the war, the Allies broke up the Nakajima Aircraft Company and one of the separated operations became Fuji Heavy Industries. Today, FHI uses the Subaru logo, the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster, as the company's worldwide corporate symbol.
- Mick Dundee, the fictional hero of the Crocodile Dundee film series actually drives a Subaru Outback. The character has appeared in various commercials for the Subaru Outback, which helped in boosting the vehicle's popularity. Australian actor Paul Hogan, who plays Mick Dundee, also drives a Subaru Outback in real life.
- Both the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Legacy Outback have won the Alcan Winter Rally for a couple of times. It was first won back in 1990, which was then followed in 1992, 2002, and most recently back in 2006.
- Thanks to great design and performance that included superb features like high ground clearance, low weight, and a top-notch fuel efficiency, the 2010 Subaru Outback became Motor Trend's SUV of the year. The vehicle impressed their staff so much that it won with an overwhelming 10-1 victory during voting.