My coworker just bought a 2016 Subaru Outback, so I took the opportunity to take a few pictures with my 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback. Despite vastly different styling, you can definitely see the family resemblance. The overall length, ground clearance, and roof height are surprisingly similar.
The blacked-out rocker panels make the new Subaru appear to have a lot more ground clearance, but the actual increase is less than it appears at first glance.
The roof of the new Outback has a much more aerodynamic teardrop-like profile vs the flat roof of my ‘98.
The 2016 does have the rear spoiler that I wish my car had.
My coworker was nice enough to let me take the 2016 for a spin, and I have to say it felt remarkably similar to my ‘98. Solid steering feel, very planted in the corners, and respectable but not truly fast acceleration. The CVT felt surprisingly good to this manual diehard.
Also, adaptive cruise control is amazing and I wish my car had it.