When we say that the Outback is a hybrid, we're not referring to the kind that runs on a combo of gas and electricity. We mean it in the same sense as a hybrid golf club: Instead of having one narrowly focused function, it excels in multiple areas. It's safe enough and big enough to carry your kids or grab some groceries, its AWD abilities make it capable in any weather, and it doesn't sacrifice gas efficiency with 30 MPG.