This Subaru Outback video review includes information about its fuel economy, performance, pricing, interior capacity, competitors and standard all-wheel-drive system. For more information, read the 2015 Subaru Outback review.
The Subaru Outback underwent a full redesign for 2015. This time around, the interior is much more refined and spacious and fuel economy is also improved. As with the previous Outback, the new one benefits from excellent visibility, clever roof rails and better-than-average off-road abilities.
Prices for the base Outback with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder start right around $26,000 and max out around $34,000 for the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited model with a V6. The base model is pretty basic, but if you step up to the Premium trim you get items like alloy wheels, a power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, upgraded audio and a touchscreen interface.
Limited trim will get you bigger wheels, active foglights that point through turns, off-road skid plates, a power liftgate, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alerts, leather, heated rear seats and a premium audio system. Options include a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning with automatic braking and a lane departure warning system.
Inside, the 2015 Outback has much nicer materials with far fewer hard plastic bits, and the touchscreen interface is now up to date and even has pinch-to-zoom function like a smartphone. There's also a wealth of space inside for adult passengers in all five seats. Cargo capacity is also generous, with an SUV-like 35.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a maximum of 73.3 with the seats stowed.
On the road, the new Outback has regained some of the sharp handling that went missing in the last generation. While we wouldn't say it's sporty, it is more capable and surefooted than you'd expect. As far as engines go, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 175 horsepower and struggles a bit to get up to highway speeds when loaded with people and gear but gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined. The 256-hp six-cylinder is significantly stronger but fuel economy drops to 22 mpg. Every Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive.
The Subaru Outback makes an excellent choice for adventure seekers or those who live in rough weather climates. It also has plenty of comfort and capabilities to satisfy a wide array of owners.