2010 Subaru Outback wins 2010 Motor Trend SUV of the Year

2010 Subaru Outback

Subaru of America announced today that its 2010 Subaru Outback has won the Motor Trend’s 2010 SUV of Year award. That’s two consecutive wins for Subaru, which also won the Motor Trend’s 2009 SUV of Year with its Forester model.

“The 2010 Subaru Outback offers a unique combination of comfort, efficiency, versatility and value,” said Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief, Angus MacKenzie. “It boasts car-like refinement, drivability and gas mileage on the road, yet is as capable in the rough stuff as all but the most off-road focused sport utilities. Thoughtfully engineered, cleverly detailed and competitively priced, the Subaru Outback is a terrific all-rounder with broad appeal.”

“We are doubly proud and honored to receive the MOTOR TREND 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year award for the second consecutive year,” said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America Inc. “The Subaru Outback is an icon of performance and capability and was the original SUV alternative. Now with its improved power, economy and increased dimensions it is the complete package.”

Prices for the 2010 Subaru Outback start at $22,995 with a choice of a 170-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder boxer engine or a 256-hp 3.6L 6-cylinder boxer engine.

Follow the jump to see the judging criteria and the high-res image gallery.

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The judging criteria included six categories:

– Design Advancement – well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.
– Engineering Excellence – total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.
– Intended Function – how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.
– Efficiency – low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle’s competitive set.
– Safety – a vehicle’s ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.
– Value – competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.

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– By: Omar Rana