Sometimes it takes a global consumer information authority to make a statement about the excellence of an SUV. U.S. News & World Report did just that, and about the 2017 Subaru Outback, naming the wagon one of its 2017 Best Cars for Families – an accolade Subaru Outback has taken home for what's now six years running.

We at Huffines Subaru certainly know the traveler's capabilities, from a seasoned 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder DOHC engine in base trims, becoming a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter DOHC workhorse in Outback 3.6R Limited and Touring, to the fuel economy that makes the SUV a go-getter for the off-the-beaten-path, an EPA-estimated up to 32 mpg city and 25 mpg highway fuel economy at base.

But it was 2017 Outback's advanced safety, all-wheel reliability, spacious, passenger- and cargo-friendly interior, and intuitive multimedia connectivity that wowed U.S. News & World Report.

Not only does 2017 Outback receive an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award when equipped with optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, but it goes the extra mile to clinch 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with EyeSight and HID headlights. And it's just this piece of tech that comes standard in Outback Touring and optional in 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited.

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology brings together the safe distancing capacity of adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking for peace of mind during emergency stops, and lane departure and lane keep assist functions for remaining on track during the ride. Plus, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert show in Outback 2.5i Limited and later, letting you keep an eye on conditions around you with reliability. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive brings Vehicle Dynamics Control, Active Torque Vectoring, X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control and electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering into 2017 Outback's mix, helping the SUV stave off the effects of wheel spin, whether the terrain's uneven or slippery.

And it's no wonder U.S. News & World Report appreciated Outback's smooth ride. A sprawling 104 cubic feet of cabin space enables passengers to recline in the lap of luxury, while 35.5 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seats, increasing to a sizable 73.3 cubic feet with standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks folded, offers ample capacity for luggage. Plus, one can choose from a range of options for Outback's accoladed infotainment system, from a 6.2-inch Multimedia screen in 2.5i trims, to a 7-inch Multimedia Plus system in 2.5i Premium and Limited and 3.6R Limited trims, all the way to a 7-inch Multimedia high-resolution touch-screen display system in 2017 Outback Touring with built-in XM NavTraffic navigation.

But don't take the word of our 5150 S Interstate 35E showroom for it. Stop by and see us here in Denton, TX today, and take a test drive for yourself to see what the critics are talking about. Your 2017 Subaru Outback excursion is right around the corner!