2015 Subaru Outback Priced at $25,745

The new 2015 Subaru Outback will cost $1425 more than the outgoing car, as the redesigned Legacy-based crossover wagon starts at $25,745 with destination. This starting price is for the 2.5i base model; the top-of-the-line, six-cylinder 3.6R Limited model starts at $33,845, a $925 premium over the equivalent 2014 model.

Most of this uptick in price for the 2.5i version is attributable to the fact that the continuously variable automatic transmission is now standard on all 2015 Subaru Outback models, whereas it was previously a $1000 option over the standard six-speed manual transmission in the base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium trims. The same four trim levels—2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited—stick around for 2015, with a few equipment changes.

The $25,745 2.5i comes standard with all-wheel drive, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen for the various radio functions and the standard backup camera. There are no option packages available for the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i, meaning that features like Subaru’s EyeSight camera system, navigation, and a power liftgate are only available on higher trim levels.

Next is the $27,745 Outback 2.5i Premium, which gains automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, a vehicle information display, and an all-weather package that includes heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a windshield-wiper de-icer. A $1695 package adds a moonroof, a power rear liftgate, and active safety features including blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert; a $2195 package adds navigation on top of this. The EyeSight camera system, which has adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning capabilities, is available either in a package with the power rear liftgate for $1695, or in a larger bundled package with the moonroof, power liftgate, and navigation for $3390.

Stepping up to the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited trim costs $30,845 with destination and adds leather seats, 18-inch wheels, a Harman/Kardon 12-speaker surround sound audio system, heated rear seats, the aforementioned blind spot detection, lane change assist, and cross traffic alert systems, wood trim, and a power rear liftgate. On top of all this, a package with a moonroof, pushbutton start, and navigation costs $2195, and a package with these three features plus EyeSight costs $2990.

Finally, the top-of-the-line 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited includes everything in the 2.5i Limited model, plus a more powerful 256-hp 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine and HID headlights for $33,845. The same two option packages available on the 2.5i Limited that are also available on the 3.6R Limited for $2195 and $2990, respectively. A loaded Outback 3.6R Limited with every option tops out at $36,835.

All 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i models are powered by a 175-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that’s slightly revised compared with last year’s Outback powertrain. Its continuously variable transmission is revised for higher fuel economy ratings of 25/33/28 mpg city/highway combined. The 3.6R model, which also comes with a continuously variable transmission, is rated at 20/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined.

The 2015 Subaru Outback arrives at Subaru dealerships this summer.

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So ... is the Outback now the "large" Subaru SUV and the Forester the "compact" Subaru SUV? Aren't these cars dangerously close to one another in the marketplace? I don't get it.

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