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 (7)

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 (7)

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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Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela

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

2015 Subaru WRX Video

While the performance faithful may consider it blasphemy that Subaru put a continuously variable automatic transmission in the 2015 WRX, it isn't without its redeeming qualities. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the bargain sport sedan's CVT doesn't suck, though two of three driving modes do "suck away some of the fun." Not sold on the CVT? Fear not: With an available six-speed manual and $27,000 starting price, that familiar thrifty throttle endures. Watch the video.

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

The 2015 Subaru WRX Looks Better in Black (17 Photos)

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The 2015 Subaru WRX drew mixed opinions from our editors at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where a WRX clad in a striking red exterior debuted. Naysayers didn't think Subaru went far enough with an aggressive design, while others counted on the STI to be the aggressive and over-the-top model.

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As one of those among the disappointed, the WRX's styling redeemed itself once I began testing a 2015 WRX painted Crystal Black Silica at our home base in Chicago. Cars always look better in black, right? The black exterior seems to mask what I thought were awkward proportions between the rear wheel arch and rear quarter panel; there's a lot of body back there and not a lot of wheel to fill it.

By Joe Bruzek | April 8, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Subaru WRX Review

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If you're looking for cheap speed and standard all-wheel drive, the redesigned-for-2015 Subaru WRX is still your go-to — but as you go, make sure you do so with the six-speed manual. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays lamented how the newly optional continuously variable automatic transmission tamed the sedan too much in efficiency mode, and it really only gnashed its teeth in the performance-minded Sport Sharp setting. The WRX has its drawbacks as a daily driver, but for less than $27,000, including a destination fee, you'd be hard-pressed to find better performance for the price.

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | April 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

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 VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Looks like: Yet another dynamic-looking concept from Subaru

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid powertrain

Ridiculous features: Scissor-like front doors; they're hinged at the front corners and open upward

Chance of being mass-produced: Subaru has announced plans to replace the Tribeca, its largest SUV; could the concept be a preview of the Tribeca’s replacement? 

Subaru spells "vision for innovation" VIZIV with its new crossover concept. Versions of the hybrid concept were shown at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show as well as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but this iteration, called VIZIV 2, has four doors and room for four adult passengers, according to Subaru.

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Part of the VIZIV 2 concept's front end should ring some bells; it wears a large hexagon-shaped grille that's similar to the redesigned-for-2015 Legacy. The slitlike headlights that flank it are reminiscent of those on the 2015 WRX. The striking circular LED fog lamps, however, don't really share the Subaru family resemblance. 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Subaru Legacy Review

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If you're considering a 2014 Subaru Legacy, your top non-negotiable feature is obviously all-wheel drive. The car's standard all-wheel-drive system is the primary reason anyone would consider the Legacy over competitors, says Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. It's certainly not the midsize sedan's exterior styling, which differentiates itself from peers only in its datedness, Bragman says. The 1990s-fabulous interior follows suit, while the powertrain is unremarkable. Still, if you live in the snowbelt, that all-wheel drive may look mighty enticing after this year's brutal winter, especially for the price. Read Bragman's review and decide for yourself.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | February 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

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