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?
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