The Subaru Outback launches with a whole new design for the 2015 year to create a more versatile vehicle. The Outback has always been a brawny and safe family car, but now it doesn’t compromise as much on comfort.
The Subaru Outback is a veteran in the midsize crossover segment and has really paved the way for taking vehicles off the pavement and into the back country. This vehicle was first introduced in the late 1990s and has since made a name for itself as a vehicle for those who like to spend time outdoors. That reputation only gets enhanced for 2015 with the introduction of the new X-Mode all-wheel-drive system. The styling on the crossover is sharper and continues to set itself apart from competitors with its different approach to styling. The Outback is available in four trim levels that all represent different engine types: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited.
The Subaru Outback exterior styling is very purposeful, focusing on the task at hand rather than extra jazz, and none of that has changed for the new model. The look now is simply sharper and more focused on being capability. The overall shape of the vehicle is upright and chunky, but still distinctly a Subaru. The redesigned grille is hexagonal and bookended by the new integrated headlight design. The look is more mainstream and rugged, but still manages to be attractive and proportional to better suit the needs of the SUV-crazy market that has shunned the wagon look that dominated the previous model. Standard on the base 2.5i are handy features such as roof rails with integrated fold-out crossbars and 17-inch steel wheels.
The interior of the Subaru Outback is notably more refined for the 2015 model. There are far more soft-touch materials to be found throughout the cabin, including on the dash and upper door panels. There is also faux metallic and wood-trim tone accents found throughout, which add a hint of refinement to this otherwise rugged vehicle. The centre stack is large and features easy-to-use controls. The front seats are extremely comfortable and the extra padding makes for a very comfortable all-day support. The rear seats elevate the comfort of the vehicle significantly. Not only is there bountiful headroom and legroom, but the hip room is quite noteworthy too. There is enough space for three adults to sit comfortably, which is rare in the segment. There is also great space in the cargo area, with 35.5 cubic feet behind the rear seat.
The technology features on the Outback are plentiful, even on the base model. The 2.5i comes standard with a 6.2-inch touchscreen interface for the infotainment system, Starlink, which controls all of the entertainment and information functions. Also standard is Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a CD player, a rearview camera, a four-speaker sound system and smartphone integration capabilities. The upper-level trims can be equipped with a larger screen as well as a navigation system. The touchscreen interface is simple to use, yet quite sophisticated. It features crisp graphics and has the ability to resist finger prints. Overall, the technology is a huge improvement from the previous years.
The Subaru Outback is available with a few different powertrain configurations as the trim-level naming suggests. The 2.5 models are equipped with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a CVT transmission. The 3.6 trim gets a 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine that puts out 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. This engine is also matched with a CVT. All Outback models come standard with an all-wheel-drive system.
Overall, the Subaru Outback gets huge improvements for the 2015 model. This vehicle is not only capable and rugged, but now also focused on being comfortable and technology-oriented. For those looking for a more out-of-the-box SUV, look no further than the 2015 Outback.
2015 Subaru Outback
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|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|2.5i 6MT||$27,995||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i CVT||$29,295||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Limited Package CVT||$35,895||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Limited Package w/Tech Pkg CVT||$37,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i PZEV CVT||$29,995||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Touring Package 6MT||$31,195||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Touring Package CVT||$32,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.5i Touring Package w/Tech Pkg CVT||$33,695||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.6R Limited Package CVT||$38,895||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.6R Limited Package w/Tech CVT||$40,095||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3.6R Touring Package CVT||$35,495||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||4X4 Wheel Drive|
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A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on the 2.5 models, generating 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. It is matched to a CVT and returns 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway).
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
For 2015 the Outback received a number of notable interior refinements. The base model now features a 6.2-inch touchscreen interface for audio and entertainment functions, while a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard on Premium and Limited trims. If the car is equipped with navigation, that screen allows one to use the now-intuitive pinch-and-expand finger movements to zoom in or out. The cabin vibe also goes uptown as the dash and upper door panels are covered in soft-touch materials, while the various faux metallic and wood-tone accents look surprisingly convincing. The large center stack features easy-to-use controls. The climate control system is a mix of intuitive buttons and knobs, and there's a handy cell phone slot on the center console.
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Every 2015 Subaru Outback comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and new seat cushion airbags (to hold occupants in place in a frontal collision, instead of the traditional knee airbags). Also standard across the board is a rearview camera, while higher trims also include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
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