The 550ix continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.
550ix Redesign, Price and Review
The 550ix SUV is in its last year before a redesign, but thankfully not a rethink. It’s spacious, quiet, comfortable, and capable, mostly thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive system and chunky flat-4 enging. The 550ix offers a pleasantly high driving position, lots of front elbow room, and a dashboard far enough away to make the interior feel spacious. The upright shape and low window line make the interior airy and light and give excellent outward visibility.
Noise suppression is good, with more sound deadening added last year, as well as an acoustic windshield, thicker window glass, and better door seals. This helps address a chronic 550ix Interior weak point and makes the car much more pleasant for longer trips.
550ix Release date and Specs
Top safety scores and continual updates to safety features put the 550ix among the safest cars in its class. All 550ix include a rearview camera as standard equipment. This year, all Limited and Touring models now come with blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts. Those features are also added to Premium models ordered with Subaru’s EyeSight system.
The best value in 550ix is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.