2015 Subaru Outback Video

The reigning champ among most popular vehicles for Cars.com editors to actually own — the Subaru Outback — is redesigned for 2015 and there's even more to like about it. The first thing Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays noted when he saw the new all-wheel-drive wagon was a greater sense of harmony in its exterior styling, tied together by a hexagonal grille. A PIN-locking system for the rear liftgate and a 6.2- or 7-inch touch-screen multimedia system are new, while passenger comfort and utility continue to impress. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback More Cargo Friendly

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The Subaru Outback has been a popular alternative to traditional crossovers for years. The redesigned 2015 model looks to further that appeal with a number of convenience features centered on the cargo area.

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The new Outback's cargo area is only slightly larger than before. Thanks to a little extra width and reshaped interior pieces it now measures 35.5 cubic feet with the backseat up and 73.3 cubic feet with the split-folding backseat down. That's more than the Honda Crosstour's 25.7 cubic feet with the backseat up and 51.3 with it down, and it's similar to the Toyota Venza's measurements of 36.2 and 70.2 cubic feet. But there are more upgrades than just the extra room.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Readers jumped on the bandwagon this week to put the 2014 Subaru Outback up top in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the cultishly popular wagon gets better every year, and 2014 is no exception. Also enjoying a robust start is list newcomer the 2015 Audi A3 luxury sedan, which bows at No. 2. Further down the roster, at Nos. 8 and 9, are the 2014 Buick Regal sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Subaru Outback
2. 2015 Audi A3
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Subaru WRX

By Matt Schmitz | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

By Mike Hanley | April 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Subaru Outback Photo Gallery (55 Photos)

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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 (8)

2015 Subaru Outback: First Look

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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 (5)

2014 Subaru Outback Review

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

Subaru Teases All-New 2015 Outback

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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)

Subaru Shines in Latest Crash Tests

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Subaru is coming out ahead when it comes to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests. The agency has awarded the 2014 Impreza wagon and sedan and XV Crosstrek compact wagon its highest score — Top Safety Pick Plus.

The vehicles earned a good rating across all areas of testing, including the tough small front overlap test, which simulates the front corner of a vehicle crashing into a rigid barrier at 40 mph. Many automakers have had trouble with this test, but several of Subaru's vehicles have aced it. The five Subaru models to do so include the Forester, Impreza (wagon and sedan), Legacy, Outback and XV Crosstrek; winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in four out of five of the evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 5, 2013 | Comments (10)

Can You Compare the GMC Terrain to the Subaru Outback?

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Though the Outback is officially a wagon, it mimics the look of an SUV, has standard all-wheel drive and provides more ground clearance than most crossovers. If it looks like one and performs like one, there is no reason it can't be on the same shopping list as the Terrain.

The Outback stacks up quite well against similar-size crossover SUVs such as the Terrain (a kissing cousin of the Chevrolet Equinox), and it offers some advantages in ride and handling because it is derived from the Subaru Legacy sedan. The Terrain, though also based on a car platform, feels more trucklike and is less maneuverable in tight spots.

Even with standard all-wheel drive, four-cylinder Outbacks have EPA estimates of 24/30 mpg city/highway with the continuously variable automatic transmission. The four-cylinder Terrain's fuel economy estimates are 22/32 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20/29 mpg with all-wheel drive. Though four-cylinder Outbacks aren't sprinters, they feel livelier and more responsive than four-cylinder Terrains.

The Terrain looks larger than the Outback, but at 185 inches bumper to bumper is actually 4 inches shorter. The Terrain has a much longer wheelbase (distance between front and rear wheels), 112.5 inches versus 107.9, which usually translates into more passenger space. That's not the case here: The Outback's interior has 105.4 cubic feet of passenger space, compared with 99.6 for the Terrain. The Outback also has more cargo space, 71.3 cubic feet versus 63.9.

Ground clearance is 8.7 inches on the Outback and 6.9 inches on the Terrain. Though that has benefits, such as when driving through deep snow, it makes getting in and out of the Outback more challenging for some, so you should check that out while shopping.

Pricewise, the Terrain is probably more expensive than comparable Outback models in base form, though how many options you choose can change the math. See here for a side-by-side comparison of Terrain and Outback specifications. Once you choose specific models of the Outback and Terrain, this helpful feature will spell out how they compare for size, standard equipment and optional features.

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By Rick Popely | August 25, 2013 | Comments (2)

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