2015 Subaru Outback: Up Close

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Subaru has found its styling stride with the new Outback. It's an attractive wagon with smoother lines and a more conventional front-end look. Even though it has crossover-like ground clearance, the 2015 Outback doesn't look like a high-riding SUV and it's easy to step in and out of it.

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New cabin styling has a richer appearance, and the 3.6R Limited on the auto-show floor had matte-style woodgrain trim and soft-touch surfaces.

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A new center control panel incorporates touch-sensitive surfaces on either side of a central screen. This technology has presented usability challenges in other cars we’ve tested, but the Outback's touchpads respond quickly to your touch, and the automaker doesn't rely on them for the majority of vehicle controls; it still has conventional climate controls just below.

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The Outback has grown in size considerably over the years, and the current version is a large wagon. Passengers benefit, though, as the backseat is roomy with good legroom and headroom. The backrest angle is adjustable, too. There’s also slightly more cargo room.

Visibility — especially over-shoulder views — is becoming increasingly restricted in many new cars, but sightlines are good in the new Outback.

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Even at the end of its lifecycle, the prior Outback was Subaru's second-best-selling car last year. The 2015 version improves on that model in a number of ways. Even better, Subaru says pricing will be in line with the outgoing version, which starts at $24,320, including an $825 destination charge.

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Comments 

Tony

"Subaru has found its styling stride with the new Outback"

I would say, "Subaru has found Ford Taurus styling to fit the new Outback"

Jose

I see Subaru hasn't changed much since I traded mine in five years ago. Lousy interior quality, generic styling, shoddy reliability. Yeah it's a Subaru.

Richard Joash Tan

"I would say, "Subaru has found Ford Taurus styling to fit the new Outback""

but I would say "Subaru has made a true styling that makes haters BULLS**T!"

Richard Joash Tan

"Lousy interior quality, generic styling, shoddy reliability. Yeah it's a Subaru."

and you are a bulls**t because I am biased with and leaning towards Subaru

Vik

As a long-time Subaru follower (I don't own any, now will I anytime soon) I do feel the new styling is actually more unique to Subaru and less generic than the outgoing model.

Carter

OMG has Subaru hired the designers from Acura!? Each year Subaru's styling gets more and more boring. Subaru has become Ambien on wheels even worse than VW.

Richard Joash Tan

"OMG has Subaru hired the designers from Acura!? Each year Subaru's styling gets more and more boring. Subaru has become Ambien on wheels even worse than VW."

and you are a bulls**t

Jane

This car was the biggest mistake I ever made. It gets terrible gas mileage and is way too heavy to get better gas mileage unless they make it a hybrid. Unless the 2015 addresses that, it will not be enough improvement to bring me back to ever getting another subaru. They need a car that has 30 to 40 mpg or better by now and with the same kayak rack that's on the Outback. They could do this but they choose not to. And the small town dealer I bought it from are the most horrible dealer on the planet for any company. I will go to a larger city next time I buy a Subaru, but the main thing is in the town I'm in, having a Subaru requires me to drive for hours to get service because of the hotheads in the local service who like to threaten customers. Never seen anything like it. No "2015" styling will overcome the mean-spirited staff in this town's one dealership or the lousy gas mileage.

gearhead

How many of these posters actually own a Subaru.?I have a 2011 Outback with the CVT trans. I have achieved as high as 40 MPG (constant 45 MPH) to as little as 21 MPG (cold weather, short trip driving.). My overall average is 29 MPG summer and 23 MPG winter.
The styling needed some help, the 2015 delivers. In 4 years, my Outback revisited the dealer once for 2 non critical recalls.
Mine is a comfortable cruiser, capable hauler, and 100% reliable. but I will go for the increased MPG, nicer styling and upgraded interior of the 2015 model.

Wow.

"OMG has Subaru hired the designers from Acura!? Each year Subaru's styling gets more and more boring."

I don't buy Subaru for the styling. I buy Subaru because there's snow on the ground for 7 to 8 months of the year here.

My Subarus, other than the ubiquitous head gasket issue, have never been anything but extremely reliable and functional.

I'll leave the style complaints to the poseurs in the Lower 48.

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