While the market for those traditional large cars slowly shrivels, the migration to high riders continues in earnest. And if you’re after something versatile but not quite ready to follow the SUV flock, either one of these will do just nicely. The Outback is the sales star for Subaru, driving its growth locally while the Alltrack is a recent addition to the Passat line-up, and helping boost retails.
The high-riding Alltrack was introduced in 2012 and became the best selling Passat model. And since the new one has come along, it is again the most preferred Passat model with 62 sold in the first three months of the year. However, it’s a bit player compared with the Outback, with over 350 sold. It helps that the Outback is a complete model range, with five variants, and that it is covering two roles for Subaru, as it’s the only big wagon it now sells, at least until Levorg arrives in June. The Alltrack is a single variant of the Passat range (Passat sales total 178 for the first three months of the year), and lands here at $57,990, cunningly positioned $2000 below an Outback 3.6R. But more on that later; first, some details on the Alltrack.