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Spun off the Subaru Legacy mid-size sedan platform, the Outback started as a four-door, five-passenger wagon with increased ground clearance and more rugged styling. Subaru has had sales success with the Outback, first marketing it as a smaller alternative to sport utility vehicles or crossovers. Later versions grew closer in size to crossovers. Like all modern Subarus except the BRZ, the Outback is only offered in all-wheel drive; the system is best for inclement weather and light off-roading. For a time, Subaru also offered a different model, called the Outback Sport, based on the smaller Impreza sedan. The Outback is built at Subaru’s Lafayette, Ind., manufacturing facility.

 

Outback – 5 Generations

  • 2020–23
  • 2015–19
  • 2010–14
  • 2005–09
  • 2000–04
  • 2020–23
  • 2015–19
  • 2010–14
  • 2005–09
  • 2000–04
Latest generation

2020–23 Outback

The redesigned 2020 Outback looks a lot like its predecessor, but it adopts a new platform designed to provide a better ride, improved handling and reduced noise levels. However, close observers will notice that the Outback also gets more prominent body cladding. Two engines are offered, includin

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  • MSRP range$28,395–$42,295
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 23–28
  • Body style SUV

Previous generation

2015–19 Outback

There were subtle styling changes for the 2015’s exterior, including smaller cladding, a larger grille and a new headlight design. All versions got a continuously variable automatic transmission for improved fuel economy. The interior saw a redesigned multimedia interface, nicer materials and mor

 

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  • MSRP range$26,345–$38,995
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 22–28
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2019:
  • EyeSight active safety suite now standard
  • Five-seat all-wheel-drive wagon
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • 8.7 inches of ground clearance
  • Reverse automatic braking available
  • Steering adaptive headlights with automatic high beams available

2010–14 Outback


The 2010 redesign created a taller, wider Outback, resulting in more interior space at the expense of handling. The Outback dropped the turbo and went back to two engine choices. A continuously variable transmission debuted, paired with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and optional with a

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  • MSRP range$23,495–$32,095
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 20–26
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2014:
  • Standard AWD
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Revised suspension for flatter cornering
  • Available backup camera

2005–09 Outback


With new SUVs added to Subaru’s lineup, the redesigned 2005 Outback kept the same proportions as its predecessor but had a stiffer body structure. A selectable engine control for sporty or efficient driving was offered in 2007 with a new turbocharged four-cylinder and automatic

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  • MSRP range$22,295–$34,795
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 20–22
  • Body style Wagon
Notable features in 2009:
  • Standard AWD
  • Wagon body style
  • Three available engines
  • Stability system now standard
  • No more L.L.Bean edition

2000–04 Outback


In its first year, the 2000 redesign offered only a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that was generally regarded as being underpowered. A well-regarded 3.0-liter six-cylinder joined the lineup in 2001. A new multilink suspension improved ride, and a variable torque distribution system

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  • MSRP range$19,220–$32,620
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body styles Sedan, wagon
Notable features in 2004:
  • Legacy-based Outback
  • Impreza-based Outback Sport
  • Four-cylinder or six-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Additional ground clearance

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