2015 Subaru Outback

2.5i 4WD 4-Dr Wagon H4

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2015 Subaru Outback
2015 Subaru Outback

New for 2015

The Subaru Outback has been redesigned for the 2015 model year, featuring improved styling, a revised interior design with more cargo room, revised chassis tuning for better driving dynamics, an updated pair of CVTs (the flat-six gets the heavy-duty unit from the WRX), and a 6.2- or 7-inch touchscreen.

Vehicle Overview

The Subaru Outback is a five-passenger crossover that fits above the Forester and XV Crosstrek as the largest crossover the automaker currently offers.


The 2015 Subaru Outback’s standard powerplant is a 2.5-liter flat-four that makes 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, which gets paired with a CVT for an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway. An available 256-hp 3.6-liter flat-six makes 247 lb-ft of torque, which gets paired with the high-torque CVT from the WRX, and is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg.
Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance system (adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning) is available on both engines, as is a 6.2- or 7-inch infotainment system, active grille shutters (help improve fuel economy), active torque vectoring, hill descent control, and a rear vehicle detection system with blind spot detection, rear cross traffic and lane change assist. The 2015 Subaru Outback received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Subaru Outback, one of the automaker’s most best-selling models, and the redesign should help reinforce its popularity. The looks have been improved, and the engines each get their own CVT, instead of sharing one that doesn’t work well for either engine. In a Driven Review of a 2015 Subaru Outback we noted, “The boxer engines and CVT, amazingly, don’t make a racket—the cabin is commendably quiet. Neither, however, do they provide much acceleration.” This latest revision of the Outback has also brought the handling to a good middle ground, not the cushy ride of 2010, nor the overly stiff bounce of the mid-cycle refresh, but right where we’d like it.
There’s little the 2015 Subaru Outback doesn’t handle with ease. If anything, it’s so capable and refined as to be a bit boring. In going mainstream, the Outback has lost some of the rugged charm it exuded through its first three generations. But the 2015 Subaru Outback is more than ever what the market wants: a comfortable, nondescript midsize crossover that can take you to unbelievable places

You’ll Like

  • CVT is quiet
  • Comfortable
  • Capable

You Won’t Like

  • Styling still not attractive
  • Slow
  • The mainstream direction has sapped character from the Outback

Key Competitors

  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Kia Sorento
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Ford Escape
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Mazda CX-5


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Amid booming sales in North America, Subaru will increase production capacity at its Lafayette, Indiana plant ahead of schedule.
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High-priced, leather-lined, six-cylinder versions of the Subaru Outback have always seemed at odds with this all-wheel-drive wagon's rugged, utilitarian mission. We imagine Outbacks loaded with muddy Golden Retrievers much more than Outbacks headed for a dressy date night on the town. That's not the case with the 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, which has the upscale manners to match its $36,825 price tag.
2015 Subaru Outback Rear Three Quarter Screenshot
Subaru has definitely widened its sales and demographics in recent years, but the Japanese automaker’s new 2015 Subaru Outback TV ad campaign is reminder of the outdoorsy and fun-loving identity that propelled the brand forward in the 1990s and early 2000s. The two new commercials, titled “Bison” and “Memory Lane” say very little about the actual 2015 Subaru Outback, but tap heavily into the idea of what it means to be a Subaru owner.
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The redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback and 2015 Subaru Legacy continue the high safety ratings of their predecessors by earning yet another Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This means that Subaru’s entire lineup is recognized as at least a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, while the Legacy, Outback, and Forester earn the higher TSP+ award.
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Along the soft, red-dirt trails in Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest, our thoughts couldn’t have been further from the 2015 Subaru Outback we were driving. That's partially a credit to the view through the windshield: snow-capped mountains of the Cascade Range, fields of trees burned silver-metallic in a recent forest fire, and little lakes of pristine blue water. But it also speaks to both the remarkable capabilities and remarkable un-remarkableness of the 2015 Subaru Outback.

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2015 Subaru Outback Specifications

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2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
175 hp @ 5800rpm
174 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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