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2015 Subaru Outback Debut

Taking on the family SUV market


2015 Subaru Outback Research Click to hide

What's New

Although many of us lust after the WRX and WRX STi, the all-new Outback will be Subaru's most important debut for the year. The Outback is one of Subaru's best-selling cars, with sales of the model doubling since 2005. Now in its fifth generation, the Outback promises some serious design changes for the new model year.

The 2015 Subaru Outback still retains a modest look like before, but we can see a clear style evolution. More refined headlights accent the front of the vehicle, which also receives a hexagonal-shaped grille similar to the one we recently saw on the new Legacy. Beyond this, The Outback continues with a four-cylinder model good for 175 horsepower. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder is also available, providing 256 horsepower. And since Subaru recently put a CVT transmission on the WRX, why not put on the Outback? Complain all you want, but now that the new Lineatronic CVT is standard on all models, fuel economy has been increased to 25/33 mpg cith/highway across the four-cylinder lineup.

Who It's For

The 2015 Subaru Outback adopts a wagon body, which sets it apart from conventional alternatives like the Honda CR-V, Ford Edge, and other competitors. Although Subaru has a reputation for quirky, off-road vehicles, its SUVs are known for appealing to families. Buyers looking for a safe and reliable kid-toter will enjoy this car, given the stability that all-wheel drive presents. Subaru fans are intensely loyal to the brand, and we think a lot of current owners of the Outback will be attracted to the new iteration of this SUV.

Key Features

Here is what to expect on the 2015 Subaru Outback wagon utility vehicle.
  • more cargo space (35.5 cu.ft behind rear seats)
  • all-wheel-drive
  • new Subaru Eyesight driver assist with improved camera performance

What We Think

The Outback isn't really dramatically different from the previous model year, but Subaru made some thoughtful changes. We always thought the Outback was a competent competitor in its segment, but it is often overshadowed by other models on the market. Hopefully, Subaru will offer more updated technology and comfort options for the new model. If so, we think the Outback will continue to be successful.

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