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Need a lot of interior room? Reasonable fuel economy? Rugged durability? All-weather capability? Good results on crash tests? And all that at an affordable price? The 2014 Outback should be high on your list.


Just because it’s an SUV doesn’t mean the Outback can deal with a trailer over 3,000 pounds or more than five occupants; if those are your requirements you need something bigger, a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot. And if you don’t need all-wheel drive, there are less-expensive, although smaller, choices.

What's New For 2014

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).

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Used 2014 Subaru Outback Expert Review

The 2014 Subaru Outback is somewhat like a wagon and perhaps more like an SUV. To practical buyers it offers the spacious interior and versatility of a more-or-less traditional midsize SUV, with driving attributes and fuel efficiency more in line with a wagon. But perhaps its strongest virtue is the all-weather capability delivered by its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. If Subarus are known for anything, it’s their well-deserved reputation for dealing with just about any weather condition Mother Nature can toss their way. Other vehicles might offer most of what the Outback delivers, and may be more engaging to drive or present more stylish faces, but the Subaru’s all-around proficiency on good days and bad gives it a unique spot among its competition.

Driving the Used 2014 Subaru Outback

If fuel economy takes precedent over quick acceleration, the 2013 Subaru Outback's 2.5-liter four with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) is your best bet. The 173-horsepower engine has to work a bit but, once up to speed, the CVT finds and holds the engine’s peak torque, providing a good balance of response and efficiency. The CVT does take some getting used to, as there are no discernible gearshifts, as with a traditional automatic. The standard steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, however, allow the driver to simulate manual gearshifts, for quicker passing and merging. With an estimated 30 mpg highway and an 18-gallon fuel tank, the Outback can cruise well over 500 miles before refueling. On the road, the Outback demonstrates an impressive sedan-like feel, in part because the low center of gravity of its powertrain more than offsets its tall bodywork. Steering is precise and predictable, and only some slight wind noise intrudes on the reasonably quiet ride.

Favorite Features

Subaru’s take on the popular, fuel-saving transmission-without-gears features a paddle-shifted manual mode that mimics the shift points of a manual transmission without needing a clutch pedal. Best of all, the Outback CVT’s estimated 24 city/30 highway mpg is better than with the 6-speed manual.

Perhaps Subaru’s biggest claim to fame is its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which continually sends power to all four wheels for optimum traction. If you live where the weather can turn foul and the roads slick, this could be reason enough to consider the Outback.

Used 2014 Subaru Outback Interior

The roomy, versatile Outback cabin is stylishly functional and remarkably roomy. Of particular note is the rear seat – we were able to fit three 6-foot adults in the rear seat, everybody was comfortable and none had knees touching the backs of the front seats. Equally comfortable are the wide front seats, which clearly are configured for adults, a reclining rear seat further improves comfort, while the upscale Limited and Premium trims offer power driver’s-side lumbar support and leather seating. A dash-mounted electronic parking brake frees up console space for water bottles and latte cups. Automatic-transmission models also feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Used 2014 Subaru Outback Exterior

The Subaru Outback is admittedly not the most stylish thing on the road, but it is clean and purposeful. The high roofline promises (and delivers) ample interior space, the generous ride height (with 8.7 inches of ground clearance) announces its off-road and bad-weather capabilities, while the sturdy black roof rails provide secure mounting when carrying extra stuff on the roof (and the roof-rail crossbars stow away when not in use, to reduce aerodynamic drag and wind noise). Up front, the headlights, front bumper and prominent grille give a sleek appearance that blends well with the overall rugged character.

Used 2014 Subaru Outback Standard Features

For 2014, the Outback is offered in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. Base 2.5i models feature all-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails and a 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and a USB port. The Premium trim adds alloy wheels, fog lights, a 10-way power driver’s seat, the All-Weather Package and the display audio system, while Limited versions include leather seating, dual-zone climate control and a 440-watt harman/kardon sound system. Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, and Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assistance system (includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning).

Used 2014 Subaru Outback Options

Most options for the Outback are dependent upon trim level. The CVT automatic transmission is the lone option on the base 2.5i, with Premium and Limited models offering a Power Moonroof Package with a power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and rear backup camera. Limited models offer voice-activated navigation, the EyeSight safety system and a Special Appearance Package with metallic gray exterior adornments, wood-grain-style interior trim and keyless access with push-button start. The standard sound system has been upgraded for 2014, but audiophiles may want to choose the optional 9-speaker harman/kardon setup.

Used 2014 Subaru Outback Engine

The Outback is available with a choice of two “boxer” engines. “Boxer” means the cylinders are horizontal and opposed to each other, so the pistons go back forth somewhat like a boxer’s fists, and the engine is low and flat, which reduces the height of the center of gravity – which in turn aids handling. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder delivers 173 horsepower, not best-in-class but enough muscle for satisfactory performance. Matching this engine with the CVT automatic will produce the best fuel economy, but the 6-speed manual offers sportier performance. The most refined choice for the Outback is the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder and its conventional 5-speed automatic, whose strong acceleration and passing power come at the expense of fuel efficiency: An estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway (versus the 4-cylinder CVT’s 24/30).

2.5-liter boxer-4
173 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (manual), 24/30 mpg (automatic)

3.6-liter boxer-6
256 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
247 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg

How Much Does the Used 2014 Subaru Outback Cost?

For 2014 Subaru is holding the Outback pricing to 2013 levels for most models. The Outback starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just over $24,000 for the 2.5i and tops out north of $36,000 for a loaded 3.6R Limited. Pricing is on par with the majority of compact SUVs, such as the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, and undercuts the Toyota Venza by roughly $3,000. Everyone wants a great deal on a new car, and’s Fair Purchase Price can help by revealing what buyers in your area are actually paying for the 2014 Outback. The Outback is expected to retain higher-than-average residual values over a 5-year period, besting the Ford Escape and the Nissan Rogue, but falling just shy of the Venza, CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox.

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Used 2014 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews


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2014 Subaru Outback

"So solid and safe"

safety, durability, reliability, roof rack, tech
Heavy car means lower mpg and slower stopping
Bought this car in Feb 2014 just as a major snow storm was starting. The all wheel drive was amazing as I drove securely on I95 in Philly. Other cars were stopped on the side of the road and I was comparing the subaru to my all wheel drive Mazda CX9. The safety over the last 5 years has been amazing. I have Eye sight and that has saved me twice in bumper to bumper traffic when I looked away for a short period. There is no blind side alert which is a slight negative. No mechanical problems to speak of. Only recall was the airbag. My college age son drives it now and I am thrilled that he will likely keep it for at least 5 years. I drove it for 13K miles per year for 3.5 years and he only drives it about 6K a year now. MPG could be better. Usually around 24 mpg and can get 30 on highway if I keep to the speed limit or max of 65mph. At 70 mph+ I lose fuel economy quickly. Everything has worn well inside and out. Some fake leather panel inserts have come loose and need to be tucked in again. It is 5 years old and still one of the safest and most reliable cars on the road. 2019 competitive models in this price range are just starting to catch up. Quite amazing!Read less
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2012 Subaru Outback

"Would not buy one again"

Good looking car
noisy, bad transmission and head gaskets
Since owning the car we have had to replace the transmission at 101,000 miles and now at 112,000 we are having to replace the head gaskets. Very disappointed in the Subaru Outback. Would not recommend a Subaru to anyone.
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2010 Subaru Outback

"I love my outback. I've owned it for 5 years."

I love my outback. I've owned it for 5 years. Interior holds up real well and not a lot of maintenance. Drives great.
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2013 Subaru Outback

"Outstanding winter & road trip car, but burns oil"

Excellent AWD, roomy, rear seat comfort
slow acceleration, oil burning, slow to warm up
Our 2.5 CVT Outback somehow manages to do just about everything just right. It never gets stuck, even in a foot of snow w all-season tires. It has just enough room for a ski weekend with 3 passengers and gear. The seats are comfortable and roomy. The infotainment system works ok with a phone cable. Acceleration is adequate, but just barely, and we average 26 mpg overall. Range is good too, around 450 mi @ 75mph. It's quiet and well mannered on the highway and handles well around town, but the engine roars transmission whines when accelerating hard. Lots of cupholders and compartments, and enough power outlets. On the bad side, it burns about 1Q oil every 2500-3000 mi, and is getting worse, but is covered by an 8/100 recall warranty. The integrated USB does not provide sufficient power to charge a phone when using GPS. The HK radio sound is rather lame. Maintenance costs have been minimal so far, with only brake and rotor replacement and scheduled maintenance.Read less
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2014 Subaru Outback

"I feel very safe driving this car."

Safe. Easy to drive. Roomy. None
This car will be five years old in April and has only 16,000 miles on it. It is a one owner car. Owned by elderly woman. No dings. Garaged. Recently serviced.
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2014 Subaru Outback Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Internet Access
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Smartphone Interface
  • Touch Screen Monitor
  • USB Port
  • Voice Recognition System


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power Driver's Lumbar Support Seat
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 24 mpg
  • EPA Class - Small Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 30 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 26 mpg


  • Horsepower - 173 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5600 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.54 inches
  • Torque - 174 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4100 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/60TR17
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Fog Lights
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Trailer Hitch Receiver


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 3 years


  • Axle Ratio - 3.90
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - AWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.70 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.0
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - PZEV
  • CID - 152 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Transmission Sub-Type - CVT
  • Manual Mode - Manual Mode
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Paddle Shifters

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3508 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 105.4 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 18.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 39.3 inches
  • Height - 65.8 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 43.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 37.8 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.7 inches
  • Overall Length - 189.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 56.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 56.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 2700 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 71.3 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 36.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 107.9 inches
  • Cargo behind second seat - 34.3 cubic feet
  • Width without mirrors - 71.7 inches
  • Cargo with seat down - 71.3 cubic feet
  • Hip Room: Front - 54.5 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 53.9 inches
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2014 Subaru Outback Safety

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2014 Subaru Outback Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Collision Preparation
  • Collision Warning System
  • Collision Warning System with Auto Brake
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear View Camera


2014 Subaru Outback Rankings

173 HP
MPG Combined
24 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.4 Rating
2014 Subaru Outback
173 HP

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