2015 Subaru Outback Unveiled in New York

Subaru’s bread and butter model, the Subaru Outback wagon, is redesigned for 2015 following the debut of the 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan from a few months ago. This fifth-generation Outback looks to be more upscale with its sleeker styling, higher-quality interior, and increased level of technology.

The proven Outback formula doesn’t change much with this update—the 2015 Subaru Outback remains a raised Legacy wagon with some exterior cladding to give it a more SUV-like look. As such, the new Outback shares its two powertrain choices with the new Legacy sedan. Standard is a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder, with a 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder as an option, just like in the previous-generation Outback. These engines produce 174 hp and 256 hp, respectively, and both mate with a standard continuously variable transmission (the manual has been discontinued) and Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

Both powertrains have been revised for greater efficiency, with estimated fuel economy ratings of 25/33 mpg (city/highway) for the 2.5-liter version and 19/27 mpg for the 3.6-liter version. Both of these ratings represent increases of 1-3 mpg over the equivalent outgoing 2014 Outback models, and Subaru also cites better aerodynamics as another factor in improving fuel economy.

The 2015 Subaru Outback’s front end features a trapezoidal grille flanked by swept back headlights. Moving along the side, the new Outback does not look as tall and ungainly as its predecessor thanks to sharper lines that taper towards the sloped rear hatch. Overall length and wheelbase are each increased by less than one inch, but the windshield base has been brought forward by two inches for a sleeker profile. Despite this more streamlined look, though, the new Outback has more space inside, with nearly three cubic feet more interior space overall and two cubes more cargo space with the rear seats folded down.

The roomier interior is also trimmed in nicer materials, with more soft-touch materials on the dashboard that’s largely resembles that of the Legacy sedan. The center stack sports a simple control layout, with a standard 6.2-inch touchscreen that includes various smartphone integration functions like Bluetooth and Pandora support. The latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight active safety technology suite is also available, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Other available active safety features are part of the Outback’s optional rear vehicle detection system, which adds blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

The 2015 Subaru Outback will be offered in four trim levels: the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and range-topping 3.6R Limited. A backup camera is standard on all models, and Premium and Limited trims can be had with upscale features like navigation, leather seats, a moonroof, a Harmon Kardon premium audio system, and HID headlights.

The 2015 Subaru Outback will go on sale this summer, and pricing will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date.

~WTF! Seems like EVERY MANUFACTURER now has a variation on the Ford Fusion grille, which itself is a pastiche of the Aston Martin face.... Hyundai's new Sonata and now this Goofaru... even the half-hearted and totally BLAH new grille on the boring Chevy Cruze has a Fusion-esque grille.... and what's up with that stupid slit design they think is a 'signature look'~?COME ON you car designers out there, come up with something ORIGINAL!
Okay, I've figured out why this, and the previous model's design aren't very elegant.  It's the rear pillar (D?).  It seems all manufacturers put this up ticked rear quarter glass on their CUV's.   It works better on sedans, but on this type of vehicle it makes the back look ungainly and chunky.  Just check out the side profile and imagine a slim rear pillar with a normal rhombus-shaped rear quarter glass and I think that seems much more elegant.   Also, sight lines would be improved.   Land Rover's are elegant and don't have this stupid styling cue.
Kenneth Herbert
Why so high? I know, I know, "off-road capability," but why so damn high? It looks like you could fit a Miata under this thing.To any Outback owners here, have you ever lowered your Outback? If so, any pros and cons to offer?
No direct fuel injection engine?? C'mon son, who ya foolin. Sprucing up the old to make it look new; does not warrant trading in the tried and true. I like the backup camera in all models; but in the '14 models the screen is too far forward, making it a little hard to see. Looks to be in the same position in this model.
No manual transmission.   No sale.   CVTs are garbage.
I've owned five Subaru wagons, the last one an Outback, but there will most definitely NOT be a sixth. No manual transmission? I cannot believe that Subaru would abandon its oldest, and mosty loyal customers: those of us who feel that people should drive cars; not cars drive people. Guess I'll keep my 2006 2.5 XT until the wheels fall off.
Rodney Munch
One word... boring.
Meh.  Still doesn't have the 3rd generation's elegance.  I'm sure people will keep buying them though.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Subaru...get rid of the light beige interior!!!!!!  It's horrible for families!!!
I know there are different colored interiors, but they can only be ordered with certain colors.  @Rodney Munch :  I'm guessing you don't have kids?  Anyway the Outback is a family car, right? The beige, almost white interior is horrible for families.  We had it on a previous Outback and it looked like hell when we traded it in,  even after multiple attempts at cleaning.
Brendan A. MacWade
@tt618 Most customers will chose a black interior. I think beige is an option for a few exterior colors, such as black, white, silver, navy, and forest green.
Rodney Munch
@tt618  You can select a different color interior. Not everyone is a slob.
@Rodney Munch @tt618  You obviously don't have kids. Kids are slobs; it's in their job description.

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