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The 2015 Subaru Outback is all new this year. Among its many key features is the addition of X-Mode to the all-wheel-drive system, which enhances off-road capability. It also expands the availability of EyeSight, which uses two cameras for active cruise control, collision warning, and collision mitigation.
In 2013, the Outback received significant updates, and for 2014 the changes are minimal. The 2.5i Premium models now include, as standard, the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors and windshield de-icer) and the display audio system (4.3-inch screen, six speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio).
The Subaru Outback receives a fairly significant mid-cycle refresh for 2013. Chief among the changes are a modified body structure and suspension, which result in less body roll and reduced interior noise. Additional refinements include new audio systems, a restyled front end, and a new 4-cylinder engine that is both more powerful and fuel efficient.
The 2012 Subaru Outback offers a wide range of equipment among its six trim levels. The popular mid-level Premium wagon models add an improved 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth phone and wireless audio streaming plus an iPod connection. The clever standard roof rack with foldaway crossbars is mildly revised.
For 2011, Subaru adds folding side mirrors to all Outback models and makes XM Satellite Radio part of the harman/kardon audio system. New features include a rear vision camera with 3.3-inch rearview mirror display (part of the Power Moonroof package) and mobile Wi-Fi device that turns the Outback into a rolling hotspot capable of accessing the internet up to 150-feet from the car.
Not only does the 2010 Outback sport a rugged new look, it offers a host of improvements. Among the most notable is a new continuously-variable transmission (CVT) on four-cylinder models, a new 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, an additional four-inches of rear-seat legroom, a clever roof rack with pivoting cross rails and an available DVD navigation system allowing music streaming via Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2009 Subaru Outback drops the L.L. Bean trim, while a new Special Edition package is offered on the base car consisting of heated front seats, a power driver's seat, windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, fog lights, a limited slip rear differential and 17-inch alloy wheels. A new 440-watt harman/kardon stereo is standard on all models except the base 2.5i.
The Subaru Outback is a midsize crossover SUV that runs against the conventional wisdom that these "soft-roaders" never venture off the pavement. To the contrary, you're far more likely to see an Outback covered in mud than a Toyota Venza, Chevrolet Equinox, or Ford Edge. Since its introduction in the late 1990s, the Subaru Outback's capability appealed to outdoorsy types, and the 2015 Outback ups the ante with an all-wheel-drive system enhanced with X-Mode for better off-road stability, and expanded availability of the latest version of EyeSight, Subaru's collision-mitigation and active-cruise technology. It's all wrapped up in sharper SUV-wagon styling that hides a roomier interior, a combination that's sure to keep the 2015 Outback as muddy as ever.View Subaru Outback vehicles for sale near you.
By Peter on Thursday, November 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Noticeable improvements to every aspect"
Cons: "Wind noise overshadows great ride."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Traded in my 2013 Subaru Outback with 30k miles because we wanted some added features ... was amazed at the trade-in value and that the redesign improved virtually every part of the car. Waited 2 months and it was worth it. The ONE thing is the wind noise on the passenger's side. Very annoying."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Ed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "good economy for vehicle this size and AWD."
Cons: "No auto door locks; small display for temp/time"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Much quieter and smoother than previous Outback I had. I wish the doors locked/unlocked automatically. Also would prefer larger display for the outside temp and time. Really liked the adaptive cruise on recent round trip from IN to FL. Very comfortable ride."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Retired Navy Master Chief on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Safe, comfortable, great value for the money."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My wife and I are retired and in our mid 60's. We wanted a car with all the safety electronics and this 2015 Outback is it. We bought the first Outback that Andersen Subaru had with all the electronic safety devices. Eye Sight, BLIS, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and adaptive cruise control. But the quality, fit and finish, and ride all sell this car. Our's is Pearl White and it is magnificent. And, our insurance only costs 21 cents/6 months more than our 2009 Forrester!! This is a great car!"
32 people out of 34 found this review helpful