Subaru Outback again named one of Oz’s best cars

20 June 2018 For the third year in a row, the Subaru Outback has been named the best all-wheel drive (AWD) under $50,000, well and truly earning its place as one of Australia’s Best Cars.

After vigorous testing by RACQ and motoring clubs around the country, the top 15 cars for value for money, safety, design, function and on road features were today revealed.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the Outback’s win proved sport utility vehicles (SUV) continued to draw attention, from a large cross section of the community.

“There’s been a real shift to downsizing from larger four-wheel-drives and away from traditional sedans and wagons, to smaller more compact AWDs due to their versatility. The Outback is a practical and capable all-rounder with plenty to offer buyers,” Ms Clinton said.

“In Australia, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to vehicles available to us. No matter your budget or preference, you can find a car that’s the right fit for you and your family, safe in the knowledge it carries the tick of approval from our highly experienced judges drawn from all state motoring clubs, including RACQ.”

Australia’s Best Cars category Winner
Best Micro Car Not awarded due to safety rating of top scoring vehicle
Best Light Car           Mazda 2 Maxx
Best Small Car under $35,000 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport
Best Small Car over $35,000 BMW 125i M Sport
Best Medium Car under $50,000 Toyota Camry Ascent HV Hybrid
Best Medium Car over $50,000 BMW 330i Sport Line
Best Large Car under $70,000 Kia Stinger 200S
Best Family Wagon Kia Carnival SLi
Best Sports Car under $50,000 Hyundai i30 N
Best Sports Car $50,000 – $100,000 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 4matic
Best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000 Mazda CX-3 Maxx
Best AWD SUV under $50,000 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
Best AWD SUV $50,000 – $65,000 Kia Sorento GT Line
Best AWD SUV $65,000 – $125,000 Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription
Best 4×4 Dual Cab Ute Ford Ranger XLT 3.2