2014 Subaru Outback

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Get up-to-date and accurate information on the 2014 Subaru Outback. This powerful and sturdy wagon delivers excellent fuel economy and safety features, making it a perfect vehicle for outdoor-minded individuals.

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Those looking for a vehicle that specializes in extreme-weather driving and cargo hauling need look no further than the 2014 Subaru Outback. One of the major factors that allow the Outback to stand out in such a way is its four-cylinder engine, which is configured to lower the center of gravity and allow more specialized handling. The fuel economy is nothing to sneeze at either, with the rating of 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. This vehicle is meant for practical-minded individuals who value safety features and sturdiness over good looks.

The Premium model comes with something called a Cold Weather Package, which includes a navigation system and EyeSight driver assist. On top of that, the Premium models get a new 4.3-inch LCD display radio – though the Harman/Kardon radio is no longer an option. Subaru has gone out of its way to make sure this wagon is as safe as it can be.

There are four models available, with the price depending on the overall quality and amount of special features. Those models are the base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. Each of them has their own set of special features, and as you might’ve already guessed, the base 2.5i is the weakest of the bunch since it’s somewhat underpowered. The manual transmission 2.5i models lack certain options, while the navigation radio is not overly user-friendly, with the high-end audio being attached to the Limited models only. We suggest going with the more expensive models because they are powerful and include more features.

The best part about the 2014 Outback is the abundance of advanced safety equipment, a strong six-cylinder engine (available for more expensive models) and a fantastic fuel economy. These are the sort of features that make this wagon such a pleasure to drive in harsh weather conditions.

Admittedly, the Outback is designated for a niche audience, which means that few of us will ever want to purchase one. However, if you’re a rugged outdoorsman or woman, then this is a vehicle is for you. 

The Outback received a significant overhaul in 2010, receiving larger roof pillars, wider back quarter and side windows, and bigger front and back wheel arches. The 2014 Outback, however, doesn’t change things up too much, keeping the same basic look.

Last year, Subaru also redesigned its grille and front to make them much meatier and more polygonal. The grille has two chunky fog lights on each side, with an even chunkier opening under the bumper. These upgrades, however, are not particularly noticeable, so don’t think of them as a major addition to the overall appearance of the Outbacks.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
2.5i Convenience PZEV Package CVT$30,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5i Convenience Package 6MT$28,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5i Convenience Package CVT$29,795 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5i Limited Package CVT$36,295 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5i Limited Package w/EyeSight CVT$37,795 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5i Touring Package 6MT$31,095 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
2.5i Touring Package CVT$32,395 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
3.6R 5AT$34,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
3.6R Limited Package 5AT$38,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
3.6R Limited Package w/EyeSight 5AT$39,995 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn Auto 3.6R$34,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn Auto 3.6R w/Limited & EyeSight Pkg$39,995 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn Auto 3.6R w/Limited Pkg$38,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn CVT 2.5i PZEV$30,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn CVT 2.5i Touring$32,395 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn CVT 2.5i w/Convenience Pkg$29,795 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn CVT 2.5i w/Limited & EyeSight Pkg$37,795 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn CVT 2.5i w/Limited Pkg$36,295 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn Man 2.5i Touring$31,095 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
5dr Wgn Man 2.5i w/Convenience Pkg$28,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 2.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM173
Fuel TypeUnleaded
Body typeWagon
Number of Doors5
Drive Train4X4 Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeManual
Power and Performance:

The 2014 Subaru Outback has a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder base engine, which is rated at 173 horsepower. All the models are available with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, but a six-speed manual gearbox is also an option on cheaper models. The latter is quite a rarity in midsize wagons these days, which means that most buyers will probably overlook it. The car rates at 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway in terms of fuel economy, making it a very practical vehicle to drive.

In terms of handling, the 2014 Outback is impressively nimble for a wagon. Only the new 2013 Ford Escape can truly match it in those terms. Unfortunately, however, the feel of its steering is just average, but that shouldn’t be an issue for most since the vehicle compensates for this with its all-weather tires that can handle a wide range of road surfaces and weather conditions.

Interiors and Special Features:

The interior looks fairly conservative, involving a single instrument panel that faces the driver. The centre part of the dash joins neatly with the console on the tunnel. It’s a simple yet elegant design that will not go out of fashion any time soon.

One of the bigger changes is the switch from the standard seat fabric in favour of something a little more comfortable. The more expensive models also have the option of adding “light matte wood grain” trim to make the interior look slightly more sophisticated.

In terms of size, the 2014 Outback can hold five adults, providing plenty of legroom and a tall roofline. All the seats offer good support for long trips – even for taller individuals. Throughout the car, there are several trays, bins and cubbies for storing various small items. Subaru has also improved roof storage by providing a rail system with crossbars that move back to stay out of the way when not in use.

Just like the rest of the car, the interior design will not win any beauty contests, but it serves its purpose well and that’s all that matters.

Safety features:

As was already mentioned, the 2014 Subaru Outback has fantastic safety features. Aside from things like airbags and other standard features, the car also includes stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes and a hill-holder feature that’s designed to keep the car steady on slopes of five per cent or more. Last year, Subaru has also included EyeSight – a stereo camera system that can detect obstacles on the road ahead, feeding the data to a various electronic safety systems, like cruise control, vehicle lane-departure warning and pre-collision braking.

Overall, the car has received plenty of high ratings from various testers, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which makes it one of the safest wagons around.

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Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Element antenna
4 speakers
Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front, USB and ipod front

Body Exterior

Front and rear mud flaps
Roof spoiler
Chrome/bright trim around side windows


4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Hill holder
Brake assist system
Electronic hand brake
Electronic brake distribution


Painted front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks
Cargo area cover


Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,595.00
Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00


Front reading lights
Cargo area light
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Cruise control
2 12V in front, 1 12V in cargo area
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Voice activating system; includes radio and phone
4 passenger assist handles
Remote control trunk/hatch release


External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,800, overall width (mm): 1,820, overall height (mm): 1,670, wheelbase (mm): 2,740, front track (mm): 1,550, rear track (mm): 1,570 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,200
Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 2,019 and all seats in place: 857
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,036, rear headroom (mm): 999, front hip room (mm): 1,384, rear hip room (mm): 1,370, front leg room (mm): 1,091, rear leg room (mm): 960, front shoulder room (mm): 1,430, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,426 and interior volume (litres): 2,984


Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Body colour exterior door handles
Rear door: lifting gate


Engine: 2.5L SUBARU BOXER horizontally opposed four-cylinder DOHC Active Valve Control System (AVCS) with VVT
Emissions data: CO2: 4,018 kg/yr

Engine Performance

Power: 173 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 174 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 9.5 ; highway= 7.0 ; combined= 8.4 ;


Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel tank: 70 litre capacity
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)


External temperature
Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Main dashboard display

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: plastic/rubber
Luxury trim: alloy on center floor console, alloy on doors, alloy on dashboard and none


Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens
Headlight control with dusk sensor
Daytime running lights
Front fog lights


Remote keyless power locks
Anti-theft protection


Pearl paint


Removable roof rails black


Front side airbags
Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Acceptable, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 5.00 and 5
Front to rear curtain airbags
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag


Front driver seat : heated, bucket with 5 power adjustments ; details: power height, power lumbar and power tilt, front passenger seat : heated, bucket ; details: manual height
Rear seat center armrest
Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three ; details: manual recline
Seat upholstery: upgraded cloth
Seating: 5 passengers
Front seat center armrest


Intermediate service 10,000 and 6,214


Power steering
Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment


Dashboard console with covered storage, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console
Cupholders in front row and rear seats


Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs


Vehicle Dynamic Control stability control
4.444:1 axle ratio
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive full-time 4WD drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor
Center mechanical limited slip differential
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)


Ventilation system with cabin filter
Air conditioning


5-door wagon
Powertrain type : combustion
Date introduced:
Version information
Data completeness


Rear view mirror
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable
Tinted glass
Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Zone tinted windshield
Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows
Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper
Privacy glass on rear and rear side


Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km


Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,568 and Manufacturer’s own


Front and rear alloy wheels: 17"x 7.0"
Front and rear all-season tires 225/60/T
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim