15 Best Family Cars: 2015 Subaru Outback
Hands down the most off-road-ready vehicle to participate in the Best Family Car program (next to the trucks, of course), the 2015 Subaru Outback is the best variation to date. Now in its fifth generation, Subaru's popular wagon continues on with stout off-road capabilities that will go along nicely with an active family's lifestyle and especially ones that enjoy the outdoors.
The 2015 Subaru Outback is the best variation to date. Now in its fifth generation, Subaru's popular wagon continues on with stout off-road capabilities that go along nicely with an active family's lifestyle and especially ones that enjoy the outdoors.
To prove this point we loaded up a 2015 Outback and headed to the mountains for a little downhill mountain biking action. Being that the Outback is indeed a wagon, there was no shortage of cargo space for the bikes, safety equipment, and other various things. Without question, cargo room is one of the Outback's biggest strengths.
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Another popular feature on the Outback is its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive feature which is especially helpful to those who live in parts of the country with winter weather. In our video review you can see right off the bat that all-wheel drive is a welcomed feature on gravel-laden roads, too. Perhaps the most surprising thing that many don't know about the new Outback is that it leads the segment in build quality. In years past, the Outback, like most other Subarus, would get points taken off because of the interior build quality and frustrating head unit. That's no longer the case though as the interior is now somewhere you'll actually enjoy spending hours slogging to the ski resort.
Better Technology, Improved Fuel Efficiency
After being on the receiving end of a total revamp for the 2015 model year the Subaru Outback deserves a long look when shopping in the segment. Our full review of the 2015 Outback states that "this new Subaru SUV-wagon is definitely an improvement over its predecessor. Clever touches include grille shutters that close at speed to improve fuel economy, and LED taillights. We also like the standard roof rails with their integrated stowable crossbars.” Combine all that with a starting price of $24,895 and standard all-wheel drive, the 2015 Subaru Outback stands out in a crowded segment.”