One of the safer family cars, is 2015 Subaru Outback. After 20 years of its production, Subaru Outback had recently been refreshed and is now sleeker, more comfortable, quieter and more fuel-efficient. There’s a greater deal of available features inside new Outback as well and wagon crossover is here to stay.
Under the Hood
As far as powertrains are concerned, across the lineup there’s a choice between 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and 3.6L V6 one. Former powertrain develops 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque and is available in base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and top 2.5i Limited models. Latter one makes 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque while being ready and available exclusively in Outbacks top 3.6R Limited form. It has to be noted that manual transmission is gone for this year and there’s only CVT gearbox available now.
Styling – Inside and Outside
Based on a Legacy sedan, Outback follows the lines of its smaller cousin. Up front, it has a handsome trapezoid chrome-stripe grille with swept back headlights and seamlessly pronounced wheel arches. At the rear, Outback has slim D-pillar which don’t add the penalty to outward visibility, and a practical liftgate ready for cargo loading at any given time.
Outback’s interior is nicely wrapped and definitely more comfortable than before. Base and Premium models get the cloth seat upholstery, while the latter also have silver metallic instrument panel and door panels trim. Step up to the Limited model’s world and you’ll get wood dashboard accents and leather-trimmed seats, together with available heated rear seats. All models get eight cup and bottle holders and smart cargo storage area with cargo hooks and underfloor storage. 6.2-inch touch screen display is available with base models, while the 7-inch screen can be found in Premium and Limited models.
Latter ones also get Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound system and navigation which is also available as an option in lower Limited grades. All models get the rerview camera, while some of them receive blind-spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert among others. But, in depending of the price, safety level and equipment may be more higher.
Base model will now take you up to 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway thanks to the CVT transmission. V6 engine uses much more fuel, but is still better than in previous versions at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2015 Subaru Outback Price
Outback costs at least $24,895 in its base form, while the top Limited model with four banger is only $5 shy of a $30,000 mark, and V6 version of Outback Limited costs $32,995.
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2015 Subaru Outback is heading in the right direction for the most part. It is more fuel efficient, more comfortable and offers more advanced features, but lacks transmission diversity. However, this fine wagon wasn’t made for ride enjoyment, but for utility above all else.