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It’s time to take a little break from all the Subaru BRZ excitement and focus our attention on other models from Subaru’s line-up. This is especially important now that the 2012 New York Auto Show is getting closer and the company has announced a series of debuts for the show. The first is a restyled version of their Outback SUV. The 2013 model will receive a new exterior face, a new, more efficient powertrain, and a series of new safety systems. All in all, it looks like the Outback is prepared to be better than ever.

The 2013 Subaru Outback will be offered in three trim levels - Base, Premium, and Limited - and all of them are powered by a new double-overhead-cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter FB series Boxer engine that delivers a total of 173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the extra 3 HP, this new engine will deliver a fuel economy of 30 mpg (on the highway) - a 1 mpg increase over the previous version.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Subaru Outback.

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Exterior and Interior

For the 2013 model year, the Outback has received a restyled front end with new headlights, grille, front bumper, and fog lights. Subaru has also made a few changes to the body structure, suspension, and steering - all fit to make the SUV smoother and quieter, as well as increase handling agility. Body roll has also been reduced by up to 40 percent.

For the interior, Subaru has prepared more comfortable seat fabric and a new light matte wood grain trim. As an option, customers can get a new Special Appearance Package that will add a Keyless Access & Start system and a two-position memory system for the already-standard 10-way power driver’s seat.

Base version Features:

  • standard steering wheel cruise control and audio switches;
  • a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with recline feature;
  • electronic parking brake with Hill Holder System;
  • an automatic headlight function.
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, audio streaming, iPod® control capability, and a USB charging port
  • an AM/FM stereo, single disc CD player, Radio Data Broadcast System (RDBS), 3.5mm aux. input jack, and 4 speakers.

Outback Premium Models Add:

  • a 10-way power driver’s seat;
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter;
  • body-colored side mirrors;
  • 17-in. alloy wheels (all 3.6R trim lines have 17-in. alloy wheels as standard)

Limited trim Lines Add:

  • perforated leather upholstery;
  • dual zone automatic climate control;
  • the All-Weather Package that includes heated front seats and mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer (package optional for Premium);
  • the harman/kardon Premium Audio Package (optional for Premium) with a 4.3-in. color display, 440-watt amplifier, nine harman/kardon -*premium speakers, and standard XM Satellite Radio service (four-month free trial subscription included);
  • rear A/C duct, electro-luminescent gauges, and a 4-way power front passenger seat
  • an available voice-activated GPS navigation system with a seven-in. LCD display,
  • rear vision camera and XM NavTraffic (with a four-month free trial subscription included),
  • and an SD card slot for convenient navigation map updates, among other features.

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The 2013 Subaru Outback is powered by a new double-overhead-cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter FB series Boxer engine that delivers a total of 173 HP and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. This new engine will be mated to a choice between a standard six-speed manual transmission and the second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). When equipped with the Lineartronic CVT, the 2013 Outback will achieve 24-mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined, an improvement compared to the 22/29/24 for the 2012 model.

The Outback 3.6R models will feature the same 256 HP 3.6-liter six-cylinder BOXER engine and five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

For the 2013 model year, the Outback will also get a new EyeSight driver-assist system, which integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.


The new 2013 Subaru Outback will go on sale later in 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.


The list of competitors for the 2013 Outback will include the usual suspects: the Acura TSX SportWagon and the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon. The TSX Sport Wagon is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 201 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, while the 3-Series Station Wagon will be offered with a choice of four engines - two petrol and two diesel - with power ranging from 163 HP to 306 HP.

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  (1) posted on 07.21.2012

It may not be the most powerful in this category, but I can not deny how the Outback holds my interest. My wife and I have been in the market for a new car for 2 years and the Outback has once again topped our short list. I think I finally have her talked into upgrading from her 75,000 mile, 13 year old Civic to the 2013 Outback. Time to order....

  (530) posted on 07.3.2012

The competition grew, but this Outback is never outdated. I like its new appearance, its more adventurous and aggressive.

  (797) posted on 07.3.2012

Honestly, the changes made in exterior is not appealing, but looking after the details and features of this SUV are enough. They said this will have safety system and new engine, so we’d better watch for it.

  (394) posted on 06.27.2012

It’s a total package since it’s upgraded and stylish , but not as much as the new models of Subaru.

  (484) posted on 05.2.2012

The importance of the features providing safety and security is deeply evident on this one as it provides them effectively.

  (858) posted on 05.1.2012

Despite its competition being more powerful, I’m contented with what Subaru has done to upgrade this Outback.

  (498) posted on 05.1.2012

It’s undeniable that their tuning has done a lot for its performance, but its performance is the one that has captivated me.

  (503) posted on 04.30.2012

The security feature is significant as well as its engine, but the change in style is the most appealing.

  (530) posted on 04.27.2012

The upgraded features surely are a great repackage! If it isn’t for its stylish design though, I wouldn’t actually bother to check it out.

  (714) posted on 04.4.2012

What is Subaru without safety? It’s the only feature I admire about this vehicle.

  (397) posted on 04.2.2012

Despite its competition being more powerful, I’m contented with what Subaru has done to upgrade this Outback.

  (592) posted on 04.2.2012

Of course, it’s impressive how they have further made its performance and safety a lot better, but what attracted me the most was the modification in its style.

  (399) posted on 04.1.2012

More than anything else, I like its improvised safety components. Second comes the engine as I’m fond of dynamic performances.

  (410) posted on 04.1.2012

I couldn’t really care less if its competition is more powerful; at some point, one outdoes another. All I can say is I’m loving its upgraded engine and safety, and the added interior components.

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