2015 Subaru Outback Photo Gallery (55 Photos)


Like its updated Legacy sedan counterpart, the redesigned-for-2015 Subaru Outback stays true to its roots with an understated exterior styling update. Its look still straddles the line between traditional wagons and crossover SUVs but a larger, more trapezoidal grill and less body cladding give it a more streamlined look.

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Inside, Subaru says shoulder room, front and rear hip room, and rear legroom have increased, and cargo room is also up by an extra 1.2 cubic feet.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Subaru Outback: First Look


Competes with: Honda Crosstour, Toyota Venza, Dodge Journey

Looks like: The Outback gains cleaner, more cohesive styling

Drivetrain: 175-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder with continuously variable automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

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Subaru's redesigned Outback gets updated exterior styling, better estimated gas mileage, and new drivetrain, entertainment and safety technology for the 2015 model year. Like past versions, the Outback straddles the divide between traditional wagons and crossover SUVs and comes standard with all-wheel drive. It hits dealerships this summer and will be offered in Standard, Premium, Limited and 3.6R Limited trim levels — the latter with a six-cylinder engine. The 2015 Subaru Outback debuts at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

By Mike Hanley | April 17, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Subaru Outback Review


While other automakers' faithfulness to the wagon ebbs and flows with the day's fashions, Subaru has remained devout. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says that as the Outback continues to change for the better year after year, its cultish following grows all the more zealous, and the 2014 incarnation should perpetuate that spirit. The near-ideal family hauler combines much of the cargo and passenger comfort of an SUV with the pragmatism of a car. Power and handling don't disappoint, though bump absorption and cheap-looking standard interior finishes do. Read Varela's review.

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Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela

By Matt Schmitz | April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Subaru Teases All-New 2015 Outback


Subaru's Legacy and Outback have always been closely linked. The automaker's redesigned sedan was recently unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and now it's the Outback wagon's turn. Subaru announced that the "all-new" 2015 Outback will be launched at the 2014 New York International Auto Show later this month.

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The Outback was last redesigned for model-year 2010 and got a light exterior refresh for 2013. It's tough to glean much from the teaser image, but it looks like the 2015 Outback follows in the new Legacy's footsteps with a larger trapezoidal grille and light-pipe-accented headlights. Check back with us on April 17 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Subaru Outback: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: Adaptive cruise control now standard on models with CVT; a driver-assistance system is available on the 2.5i Premium trim and standard with the Special Appearance Package
  • Price change: None except for a $30 hike in the destination charge
  • On sale: Now
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? With no price change and new available equipment and features, opt for the 2014.

The 2014 version of Subaru's popular wagon, the all-wheel-drive Outback, continues virtually unchanged for the new model year, with a few convenience, tech and cosmetic additions. Returning from 2013 are four trim levels: the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited; the regular 3.6R did not carry over. The lower two trims come with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable automatic transmission. The CVT is standard on the 2.5i Limited; the 3.6R Limited comes with a five-speed automatic.

By Matt Schmitz | July 24, 2013 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2005-09 Subaru Outback, Legacy


Subaru is recalling certain model-year 2005-09 Outback wagons and Legacy sedans due to a problem with the brake lines that could cause corrosion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In its April 1 recall report, NHTSA stated that the exact number of vehicles affected was still undetermined; a Reuters story puts the number around 200,000.

Affected vehicles were manufactured between December 2003 and April 2009 and registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. According to NHTSA, salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector and result in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. This could cause brake fluid leakage, which could necessitate longer stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash.

By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2012 Subaru Outback and Legacy


Subaru is recalling just 14 model-year 2012 Outback wagons and Legacy sedans due to a problem with the moonroof glass that could cause it to detach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected vehicles were manufactured between April 6 and May 12, 2011. An inadequate amount and position of adhesive between the glass and retainer of the moonroof could cause the glass to loosen and detach while driving, creating a potential road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA.

Subaru has already notified affected owners, and dealers will inspect the condition of the glass adhesion and either apply additional adhesive or replace the moonroof glass for free, according to NHTSA. For more info, owners can call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

Earlier this month, NHTSA announced that Subaru was recalling just 16 model-year 2012 Outback and Legacy vehicles also manufactured from April 6 to May 12, 2011. That recall stemmed from a problem with the windshield wiper motor and was an expansion of a previous recall from 2011.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 18, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Honda Crosstour: First Look

  • Competes with: Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback,Nissan Murano
  • Looks like: A more-lovable-looking Crosstour with some Accord design influence
  • Drivetrain: New 3.5-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: Tuesday,Nov. 20

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the 2013 Honda Crosstour production model is that there's so little distinction to be made between it and the concept version that debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Even then it was clear that this concept was only a concept, well, in concept.

Needless to say, there's not a lot to talk about in terms of brand-new features on the 2013 Crosstour, which goes on sale Tuesday — except that its base price of $27,230 is $525 less than it was in 2012 (Honda has not yet listed the car's destination fee).

Concept-car aesthetics that have made their way to the production model include more rugged exterior styling thanks to a redesigned front end and new grille. It also gets new bumper fog lights, front-diffuser designs and Accord-inspired exaggerated lower-front-intake flares. The rugged look is achieved with black composite plastic along the sill plates and front and rear bumper edges. Newly available paint colors include Kona Coffee Metallic and Mountain Air Metallic.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2012 | Comments (8)

Unofficial Long-Term Test Car: 2010 Subaru Outback

As automotive journalists, we sometimes hear from a reader or blog commenter who says, “If you like it so much, why don’t you buy one?” Well, last week my wife and I picked up a new 2010 Subaru Outback, in the exact same color as the one I tested back in the fall.

We didn’t go for the leather, nav and moonroof studded 2.5 Limited trim but instead opted for the 2.5 Premium with All-Weather Package. We need those heated seats, especially when it’s 10 degrees out like today.

I’ll detail more about the purchase and what I like about the new car versus the 2008 Outback we traded in, as the week goes on. If you have specific questions ask them in the comments below.
By David Thomas | January 4, 2010 | Comments (33)

Cars.com Podcast: 2010 Subaru Outback, Suzuki SX4

2010outbackpodcast Subaru and Suzuki, not exactly the biggest automakers out there, but when it comes to the new Outback there is a huge buzz (it’s been the most popular new-car review on Cars.com for the past week) and sales are brisk. Editors Kelsey Mays, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder discuss the wagon/crossover at length, and then they touch on the quirky Suzuki SX4 and where it stands in a sea of tough competition.

You can listen to the podcast via iTunes, or for the first time, you can listen to it here in this post by clicking the play button below.

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By David Thomas | October 5, 2009 | Comments (3)

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