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2020 Subaru Outback - Driven

2020 Subaru Outback - Driven

Strong competition from a wagon-turned crossover in an unforgiving segment

The Subaru Outback started like as a full-fledged station wagon that was based on the Legacy back in 1994. In those 16 years, the Outback slowly evolved from your everyday wagon to what is, essentially, a crossover by today’s standards. As such, the competition is fierce, and with the sixth-gen Outback hitting the market for the 2020 model year, we thought it would be a great idea to see just what it has th

at sets it apart from the many models on the market. Fortunately for us (and you, of course), Subaru was kind enough to let us get behind the wheel of an Outback Onyx Edition XT for an entire week. This is what we’ve learned.

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2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback

The new Outback should be better, if not bolder

The Subaru Outback is one of Subaru’s best-selling models in its biggest market in the world, the American one. The sixth-generation model was unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show and, as expected, it’s an evolution of the car it replaces rather than a revolution to the extent that you need to be quite the automotive detective to find the differences between the older model and the new one. But the Outback is riding on a winning formula so Subaru had no reason to rush and change it.

As you know, the new Forester will come next year along with the new seventh-generation Legacy to which it will still be linked. Both cars, as well as the Outback, will sit on the new Subaru Global Platform which should ensure better handling thanks to a lower center of gravity, increased structural rigidity and versatility. The Outback will still be classified as a crossover rather than a station wagon, a move that was made when the fifth-generation model was unveiled back in 2015 when the Outback gained some much-needed inches for more room inside.

Subaru previewed the design direction of the new Outback with the Viziv Concept Tourer, but none of us thought we’ll see anything that sporty hit the production line. Of course, some design cues have been broadly carried over, albeit toned down a few notches, but, overall, what you see is the result of 25 years of refinement that made the Outback into what it is today: a combo between the dying breed of station wagons and the booming breed of compact crossovers that brings together the best of both worlds.

The 2020 Outback will be available with a choice of two engines, a 2.4-liter, turbocharged boxer unit, and a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated one with less power that will be fitted to the entry-level version. Both will be mated to a CVT transmission and symmetrical AWD is standard, Subaru boasting with up to 33 mpg fuel economy with the more economical mill under the hood.

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2018 Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition

2018 Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition

Looking for a limited-edition wagon?

The Subaru Outback isn’t making many headlines today, especially when compared to other wagons on the market, but it’s getting pretty good reviews. Sure, it’s not as fancy as the Volvo V90 Cross Country or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, but it offers a spacious cabin, solid off-road ability, and a decent equipment package. And it’s more affordable than the aforementioned models too. Introduced in 2014, the latest model is still pretty fresh, but Subaru is giving it the limited-edition treatment for 2018 with the 50th Anniversary Edition.

No, the Outback nameplate isn’t 50 years old yet. It’s barely on its way to its 25th anniversary. Of all the existing model, the Legacy is the oldest, and it dates back to 1989. This limited-edition model was actually launched to celebrate half a century since Subaru of America was established. The Outback is only one of seven vehicles to get this treatment, as the celebrations include all nameplates offered in the U.S. (sans the upcoming Ascent). What does it have to offer on top of the regular model? Let’s find out below.

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2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

Is it a capable alternative to the SUV status quo?

Subaru has been doing remarkably well lately, posting impressive growth and sales numbers over the past several years. Helping to fuel that success is a strong stable of vehicles that cover a broad range of segments, including a few that manage to straddle the line between segments and still offer the benefits of both. The Outback is one such vehicle. Framed as the “World’s First Sport Utility Wagon,” the Outback nameplate has been around since 1994 and is currently the brand’s top-selling model, bringing all the capability and utility of a crossover, but in a wagon body style that’s a little closer to a traditional passenger car. It’s a nice combo, and to keep it feeling fresh, Subaru unveiled a mid-cycle update for the Outback at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, giving it new styling, an updated interior, more technology for safety and convenience, and a few bits and pieces that lend it a more premium feel.

The appeal for something like this is clear, and on paper, it looks like it should do well amongst buyers looking for a non-SUV that fits their particular active lifestyle. But does the 2018 Outback have what it takes to steal sales from folks more inclined to get a crossover? Read on for details.

Update 6/23/2017: The 2018 Subaru Outback is currently in preparation to roll into dealers in the coming weeks, and we now have full pricing information. Compared to the outgoing model, the Outback gets a mild price increase that ranges between $250 and $495, depending on the trim level. The base model officially starts out at $25,895. Check out the prices section below for full details on model and option pricing.

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2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback

2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback

The wagon that thinks it’s a crossover

Considering the Subaru Outback is essentially the Legacy with a bigger booty, it comes as no surprise that Subaru wasted no time applying the updates from the 2015 Legacy to the Outback. As history has shown us, the 2015 Outback got similar exterior light units, grille, and overall styling. Inside, the Outback got the same redesigned dashboard, instrument panel and center console with softer, more premium materials. Of course, it won’t get the coupe-like styling in the rear because of its wagon nature, but that’s OK because it’s an Outback, right? As usual, the new Outback also got all the plastic body cladding and body-protective features normally associated with the Outback, you know, to protect it in case you really do decide to take a ride “out back.”

Of course, the powertrains from the Legacy carry over to the Outback, so there is a 2.50liter with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet and a 3.6-liter with 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet. It what almost seems like an insult, the Outback is only available with a CVT transmission, and Subaru has no intention of offering the manual transmission the car deserves. It might be enough to kill the deal for some of you who might be considering the Outback, but no everybody likes to row their own gears. So, keep on reading to learn even more about the new Outback and what all it brings to the table.

Update 05/27/2016: Subaru has released pricing for the 2017 Outback. The base 2.5i trim starts at $25,645 while the range-topping Touring trim starts at $39,070.

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2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Driven

2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Driven

The venerable Subaru Outback has been around in the U.S. since 1995 when Subaru added a wagon version of its Legacy sedan to its lineup. Now some 21 years later, the Outback is still going strong, especially after its last generational change for the 2015 model year. Nothing changes for 2016, a fact that’s just fine with most Subaru loyalists and fans.

The 2015 redesign mirrors that of the Legacy sedan, getting a cleaner exterior design and an updated interior, among other improvements. Both the 2.5-liter flat-four and 3.6-liter flat-six carry over, along with the CVT transmission. Neither are eye-opening performance monsters, but both work well at moving the Outback down the highway or trail.

Speaking of trails, the Outback comes with Subaru’s full-time AWD system and 8.7 inches of ground clearance – only 0.1 of an inch less than a Jeep Wrangler! And then there’s X-Mode, complete with Hill Decent Control, ready to tackle the really rough stuff. The Outback is no rock crawler, but it will take you anywhere you’d want to go short of needing solid axles, mud tires, and a winch. Perhaps that’s why the Snowbelt states are covered in Outbacks.

Despite the lack of winter weather in Central Florida, I recently had a week to spend with the 2016 Outback. My tester came packed with the 3.6-liter, dressed in the Limited trim, and wearing $3,000 worth of options. So what’s this high-riding wagon like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

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2015 Subaru Outback - Driven

2015 Subaru Outback - Driven

I used to have a lot of love for the Subaru Outback. I owned one for a while, and it was one of the best cars I have ever possessed. All Subaru’s have a very special feel about them, like they are built for a purpose. They are a bit rough, a little uncouth, but that is what makes them special. There is this feeling that they will really take you over any terrain, and that they will never cease to function. Nothing quite drives or feels like a Subaru. But then my Outback died, and I have since moved on.

Now, despite this great drive, Subaru has long been lambasted for creating cars that are too poorly built, too uncomfortable and too unrefined. Now with the introduction of the all-new 2015 Outback, Subaru is promising that all those woes have been corrected and it is promising more power and fuel economy to boot. Is this new machine good enough to make me get rid of my Volkswagen go back to Subaru? Has Subaru managed to fix all its issues while maintaining that special feel and attitude that has defined the brand for decades? My Outback was a 2000 model; what has Subaru managed in 15 years over three more generations?

I spent seven days and more than 500 miles beating the new Outback on-road and off to see if it still had that special magic.

Read on to find out more about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback

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2013 Subaru Outback

2013 Subaru Outback

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.

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2011 Subaru Outback 3.6

2011 Subaru Outback 3.6

Back in the days when crossovers were just something ghosts did, there was the Subaru Outback, a vehicle that looked like a wagon, but was superb off-road. Established in 1995, the Outback became the synonym for durability, ease of use, and excellent all around ability.

The styling on the other hand, was always a bit low end. That really didn’t seem to matter at the time to buyers, but in today’s world, styling goes hand in hand with all weather ability so Subaru had to make a change. Luckily, they did and for 2011, the new Outback is better than ever.

Subaru has been one of the lesser-known Japanese companies for some time now. In fact, some people think they came from Australia, but that’s beside the point. While they might not have much influence on the American industry, they are resilient and during the economic recession, the company only declined by 0.8%.

With the new Outback, Subaru looks to continue their success, but this time things are a tad different. Before, it seemed that styling was about as important as the location of the light in the glove box, but now, exterior styling has taken a front row seat. The new 2011 Outback look pretty good, words that would never have been uttered about previous generation Outbacks.

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2010 Subaru Outback

2010 Subaru Outback

Subaru was having a little bit of trouble moving Legacy wagons in the mid-90s, so it raised the ride hight and added a little body cladding. The Outback was born, and since then it’s gone to replace the entire Legacy wagon line in the U.S. Since Subaru used the New York Auto Show to premiere the production version of the new Legacy sedan, then it’s no surprise the Outback was right there too.

The engine lineup is straight out of the new Legacy. There is a choice of the 170 hp 2.5-liter boxer four or the 256 hp 3.6-liter boxer six (the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine in the Legacy is skipped.) The new outback is wider, longer and taller than its predecessor, and offers the same distinctive “cat eye” look of the Legacy sedan.

Full breakdown in the press release after the jump.

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2008 Subaru Legacy 2.0D and Outback 2.0D

2008 Subaru Legacy 2.0D and Outback 2.0D

Subaru announced today the major features exhibit at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show: the Subaru Legacy and the Outback powered by the company’s unique Subaru Boxer Diesel and due to be released into the European market ahead of other parts of the world.

Next to them Subaru will also exhibit the new Subaru Forester, which will make a debut in Europe, the Subaru G4e Concept and the Subaru R1e electric vehicles.

The Boxer Engine has a displacement of 1998 cc, a maximum power of 147 hp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The CO2 emissions is of only 148 g/km.

the Subaru Boxer Diesel is mated with Subaru’s unique symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) to achieve driving performance standards only Subaru is capable of. These standards include high-level stability and outstanding acceleration thanks to powerful low- and medium-speed torque.

Press release after the jump.

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2007 Subaru Outback

2007 Subaru Outback

Subaru of America, Inc. for 2007 is expanding the market reach of its trend-setting Outback line, the vehicle that launched the crossover category more than a decade ago. The Outback line for 2007 introduces a new value-equipped entry model, the 2.5 i Basic. In addition, the new 2.5 i L.L.Bean Edition and 2.5 i Limited L.L.Bean Edition models, featuring the 2.5 i powertrain and standard navigation system, join the 6-cylinder 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition flagship model.

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2007 Subaru Outback Special Edition

2007 Subaru Outback Special Edition

Subaru has announced a new special edition Outback boasting £1,000 worth of extra equipment and limited to just 200 units. Based on the Outback 2.5 SE automatic, the new model features an ivory leather interior, rear air-conditioning outlets and MOMO leather steering wheel with inset audio controls.

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2007 Subaru Impreza

2007 Subaru Impreza

For Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport, Subaru is bringing additional refinement for 2007.The new Impreza 2.5 i Special Edition model adds a number of significant upgrades at a price that delivers exceptional value. Like all Subaru models, the Impreza and Outback Sport come equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

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2006 Subaru Outback

2006 Subaru Outback

SUBARU INTRODUCES FOUR NEW OUTBACK® MODELS FOR 2006. CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Subaru of America Inc has broadened and enhanced its Outback line for 2006. Power, performance and feature content have all been increased on these new-generation models that were just introduced for 2005.

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