Redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback will have a starting tag of $25,745, including shipping, when it goes on sales this summer. The 2015 Outback is available in standard, premium and limited trim. The standard 2015 Outback will have a premium of around $100 over its 2014 counterpart.
Facelifted 2015 Subaru Outback boasts of new standard features like X-Mode, hill descent control and hill start assist. Subaru also improved the model’s chassis and all-wheel-drive system to better tackle treacherous terrains and steep hills.
The base 2015 Outback is powered by a 175-hp, four-cylinder engine that provides an estimated 28 mpg city and highway combined – an improvement from the 26 mpg returned by the 2014 version.
The latest iteration of the Outback likewise boasts of an improved information and entertainment system, and now features a 6.2-inch touch screen display and Aha and Pandora Internet radio. While sales of the Outback in the United States jumped 42 percent in 2013, the figures for the year to date have seen a drop of 23 percent.
Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America, remarked during unveiling of the 2015 Outback at the New York auto show that the wagon will appeal to a wider audience with its revamped standard features. According to Subaru spokesman Michael McHale, the Outback is the carmaker’s brand icon and they hope to hike sales with the new model.
Outback and the Forester are Subaru’s best-selling models in the United States. In 2013, sales of the Forester surged 61 percent and for the year to date, deliveries have jumped 51 percent.
The 2015 Outback 2.5i premium model carries a starting price of $27,845 including shipping and could be availed with an optional safety feature package – including driver assist technology in conjunction with blind spot detection and lane change assist -- tagged at $1,695.
2015 Outback 2.5i limited model will have a starting tag of $30,845, including shipping. On the other hand, the Outback 3.6R limited model will bear a base price of $33,845, including shipping.
Subaru has given the all-new 2015 Outback a bolder appearance as accentuated by crisper, sculpted lines that help communicate the SUV’s higher level of refinement and all-road capability. The new Outback is provided with a new front end that combines the hexagonal grille and bumper into a singular piece.
By employing an aluminum bonnet, the vehicle’s weight over the front wheels has been reduced, resulting in better steering response. The Outback 3.6R Limited comes standard with HID low-beam headlights that lend the SUV a unique nighttime appearance. Limited trim line Outback models are provided with turn signal exterior mirrors.
For the 2015 model year, the windshield of the Outback is now more angled, thanks to the fact that it was pulled forward by 2.0 inches at the base. This new windshield angle, new front partition windows as well as higher seating hip points and door-mounted side view mirrors all help enhanced visibility.
Interestingly, the footprint of the new Outback is similar to its predecessor. However, compared to the previous model, the new Outback is longer by 0.6 inch and wider by 0.7 inch. Its wheelbase is longer by 0.2-inch. While the dimensional changes seem small, they allowed the new Outback to have a more spacious interior that measures 108.1 cu. ft., making it roomier than its predecessor (105.4 cu. ft.).
These spatial gains resulted to increases in shoulder, front and rear hip rooms as well as elbow and rear legroom. Moreover, the new Outback could now accommodate more cargo, with the capability to carry 35.5 cu. ft. behind the rear seats (up from 34.3 cu. ft.). When the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks are folded down, the Outback’s cargo capacity increases to 73.3 cu. ft. Furthermore, the load floor is now flatter while new rear seatback release levers increase convenience.
As designed, the new Outback still features a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, which is higher than on some SUVs. To make it more comfortable to enter or exit the Outback, the SUV is provided with a low step-in height. In addition, the new Subaru Outback comes with new step-style doorsills as well as roof rails with integrated retractable crossbars and tie downs. The Outback could also be specified with a power rear gate with memory height.