2023 Subaru Outback Review: Updating the SUV Anomaly

Since 1996, Subaru’s Outback has perennially been one of the brand’s most important models. Consistently pulling in healthy sales figures globally, it defines much of what Subaru is all about.

It’s unsurprising, then, that the Fuji-based company has cautiously evolved the Outback over the decades. The brand never deviating from the proven formula of a slightly lifted, mid-sized wagon with protective body cladding (brief foray with the Outback sedan, notwithstanding).

Now in its sixth generation, the Outback receives a mid-cycle refresh for 2023 and while it’ll take a keen eye to spot the differences, the changes collectively make a great car better.

With the exception of a beefed-up brake booster for the automated braking systems, the Outback heads into 2023 without any mechanical updates. The pair of “boxer” four-cylinder engines soldier on unchanged with a naturally-aspirated 2.5 L producing 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, and the zestier 2.4 L turbocharged variant delivering 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. In all Outbacks, power is distributed via a CVT transmission to all four wheels with Subaru’s celebrated full-time, symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $28,395 - $42,295
Engine / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 2.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Power / 182 hp / 260 hp
Torque / 176 lb-ft / 277 lb-ft
Drivetrain / AWD
Transmission / CVT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 22–26 mpg / 26–33 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 32.6 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Subaru Outback

3.9
Performance 7.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 9.0
Quality and Styling 7.0
Value 8.0