2015 Subaru Outback ‘Steaks’ Meaty Claim to Wagon Market

2015 Subaru Outback ‘Steaks’ Meaty Claim to Wagon Market

Subaru is draggin’ its new wagon out at the 2014 New York Motor Show.

Continuing its legacy of spacious all wheel drive capability, the 2015 Outback will arrive in dealerships this summer. When that happens, the Japanese sport utility wagon – Subaru’s words – will enter its fifth generation.

It will continue using powerplants familiar to the previous product line, meaning there will be a 2.5-liter boxer four with 175 hp and an optional 3.6-liter flat six with 256 ponies. Of course, the both power all four wheels.

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A continuously-variable transmission is standard across all Outback models. That shouldn’t come as any surprise considering that’s exactly what Subaru did with the Legacy, which as you know, serves as the basis for this vehicle.

Improved fuel economy will be the most appreciable difference to people who end up buying one of these later in the year. Yes, CVTs arguably dull driving dynamics and lead to droning engine noise, but you aren’t exactly buying an Outback to compete in autocross events either.

Expect the car to return an average 28 MPG with the four-banger or 22 with the six-slapper. That’s two more miles per gallon on the whole for both models compared to the previous generation.

Shocker of the year: the Outback also looks a lot like the Legacy. Love it or hate it, Subaru’s new design language has permeated its product portfolio like oil in a rag.

A rearview camera is standard fare on all models and there’s also an optional rear vehicle detection system to cover your new car’s ass. Also, Subaru adds its newest Eyesight safety technology, which is highly regarded by the safety stooges at the IIHS. It integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning into a single protective bundle.

Subaru’s something of a stalwart when it comes to safety ratings and you can expect the Outback to perform admirably in that regard. After all, there really isn’t anything more important. Is there?

GALLERY: 2015 Subaru Outback Live Photos


GALLERY: 2015 Subaru Outback


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  • Bob

    Just watched the introduction live. I am very impressed. The changes have been subtle, but I like the ones that have been made. The interior looks better, but of course, they show you their top trim interior. To me, it looks way better than the Forester. If I decide to go Subaru for my next vehicle, it will be either the Outback or the Legacy. Good job, Subaru!

  • Richard Joash Tan

    you are right. this looks different from the Levorg

  • bluebaru

    I find my CVT to be pretty good with acceleration, not sure why it is always referred to as dull.

  • subie woobie

    As owner of ’13 Outback, I don’t find this as appealing. They’ve lessened the rocker cladding and went to taller wheels. To me the new Legacy looks more appealing than the new Outback.

  • MCharlie

    Interesting…..Seems my earlier post was discarded..nothing untowards about it either…Must be this Disqus program..not worth the letters it is printed on….

  • Robert

    Wonder if the 3.6 looses the paddle shifters with the CVT?

  • George S

    I wonder if they ever engineered out the steering wheel shake that showed up in the 2010 redesign. Future builds cleared up the shake with a lot of bushing changes and a damper in the steering wheel…but it was always resonant in the chasis. Subaru kept very quiet about it…and did buybacks from customers who contined reporting the issue. There was obviously a design flaw in the last chassis. I hope they identified it and designed it out of this new model.

  • Richard Joash Tan

    but for me, all Subarus look more appealing, especially the WRX STI and the 2015 Outback and it makes you a bullshit

  • MuskogeeOkie

    Probably not since the 4 cylinder Outbacks have the paddle shifters. Have never used them on my 2011 Outback.

  • RoseFlorida

    I would have preferred less “sleek” looking and more glass. Is the 6 cylinder a direct injection motor yet? I am glad in any case they have kept it.

  • Shiratori1

    The people who make those statements are simply old farts and trolls that are opposed to change and new technology.

  • 2013 Outie Lovr

    FWIW…I have a 2013 OB, purchased with 7K miles, and have so far put 4K miles on it and no wheel shake whatsoever…My guess is Yes they fixed it years ago. From the research in Consumer reviews, it had more to do with the OEM tires than the actual vehicle, most in 2010 who replaced their tires with better ones no longer had shake…the Old Conti’s they sold them with in 2010 were terrible…the new Contis are much improved but still not the best available.

  • 2013 Outie Lovr

    Downshifting F1 style (its pretty fast for a soft roader / grocery grabber) with a CVT on the 4 cylinder on stock tires on mixed snow and ice with all 4 wheels engaged + active traction control and medium brake pressure is a crazy fast method to come to a stop in a street vehicle with or without Snow tires…..careful you don’t get rear ended…it stops that quick…

  • 2013 Outie Lovr

    Agreed, Also have a 13 OB, I actually want 16″ wheels and off road specific tires as a spare set for dirt / desert duty in Utah…would actually appreciate a wider cladding option and some factory under armor skid plates, but I like the new Headlights much more, and the new grill would be nice if painted all black on a graphite Grey body…and those two splitters under the chin is nicer than the gaping mouth open hole on the 2013…I am glad they kept the Fog lights large, that is something of an Icon for the OB…I wish they would do something exciting like a 6 Cyl Turbo’d Paris->Dakkar Special OB model. just to pin a badge on the multipurpose capacity of the model range and inject more enthusiasm into an otherwise sedated family wagon. People buy Ford Raptors for a reason. of course if they put a locking Center Dif and a low gear for limited crawling, Americans would lose their minds over the new automotive dilemma it would create.

  • subie woobie

    Ya, this reminds me somewhat of a Chrysler Pacifica.

  • subie woobie

    Try pulling on the “-” paddle when slowing down a hill sometime. No need to move the gear select lever, leave it in auto. Then it intelligently goes back to normal mode. Else you can force it back to normal by moving the gear selector from Auto to Manual to Auto. Can save some break wear.