What Changed for 2009:
- Limited models replace L.L. Bean editions
- Special Editions replace Premium models
- Vehicle Dynamics Control now standard on all models
- Most models get new harman/kardon 440-watt premium audio
- 2.5-liter (non-turbo) engine can be PZEV compliant
- Base model now called Outback 2.5i
- Limited models include dark tint privacy glass and steering-wheel audio controls
- One new body color offered: Ruby Red Metallic
The Subaru Outback made its debut in 1995. The original version featured 2-tone paint and SUV-like styling cues but was mechanically similar to the all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of the Subaru Legacy
on which it was based. In 1996 the Outback sprouted a beefier suspension with taller ground clearance and upgraded tires. For the 2008 model year, the Outback featured revised styling inside and out
. Also, the Outback sedan was discontinued; since then, all Outbacks have been wagons. Model designations and standard-equipment lists have been modified for the 2009 season.Model Lineup
For 2009, the Outback lineup has slimmed down from seven to five models: Outback 2.5i, Outback 2.5i Special Edition, Outback 2.5i Limited, Outback 2.5 XT Limited, and Outback 3.0 R Limited. All models come with power windows, mirrors and locks; air conditioning; CD/MP3 player; remote keyless entry; cruise control; and roof rails. Even the Outback 2.5i models include alloy wheels; heated front seats; power-adjustable driver's seat; roof rack crossbars; fog lamps; limited-slip rear differential; and a windshield wiper de-icer. The Outback 2.5i Special Edition adds such extras as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors, fog lamps, and an 8-way power driver's seat.
The Outback 2.5i Limited comes with all of the 2.5i's equipment plus a 6-disc CD changer; automatic transmission; dual-zone climate control; leather seating surfaces; dual power front seats; dark tint privacy glass; steering-wheel audio controls; 440-watt harman/kardon audio system with 9 speakers; and optional touch-screen navigation. Outback 2.5 XT Limited and 3.0 R Limited Edition models get body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals; Subaru's navigation system is optional. The 2.5 GT also features a hood scoop and 2-tone perforated leather-surfaced seats.Powertrain
Outback 2.5i models for 2009 are powered by a 2.5-liter, horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine with an output of 170 hp at 6000 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. Outback 2.5i and Special Edition models can be had with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission; the Outback Limited editions offer automatic transmission only. EPA fuel-economy estimates for 2009 are 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway for both the manual and automatic transmissions.
The Outback XT gets a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine that puts out 243 hp at 6000 rpm and 241 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm. Transmission choices are 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic; EPA fuel-economy estimates are 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway for both.
The Outback 3.0 R comes with a 3.0-liter, horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 245 hp at 6600 rpm and 215 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm backed by a 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. All Outback models feature Subaru's Symmetrical All Wheel Drive (AWD) system.Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Subaru Outback includes front, front-seat side and two-row side curtain air bags and anti-lock brakes. An electronic stability control system, which Subaru calls Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), now is standard on all models.
The Subaru Outback has received perfect 5-star ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) frontal and side-impact crash tests for both front and rear occupants. The Outback received a 4-star rollover rating.Technology
Subaru Outbacks feature 8.4 inches of ground clearance-a figure that bests many bigger SUVs, the maker claims. Subaru
employs three versions of its AWD system for the Outback. Models with a manual transmission use a viscous-coupeing center differential that splits power 50/50 front-to-rear under normal circumstances, varying it as slippage occurs. Non-turbo 4-cylinder automatic transmission models get an electronically controlled center continuously variable transfer clutch to shift power front-to-rear, while Outback XT Limited and 3.0 R models employ the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) system, which uses a planetary center differential and an electronically controlled continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch. The VTD system is designed to send slightly more power to the rear wheels under normal conditions for a sportier feel.
Outback XT and 3.0 R models get Subaru's SI-DRIVE system, which has three modes (Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp) that alter power output, response of the electronic throttle and, for automatic models, the shift characteristics.
Available Trims for the 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon
||5 speed manual
|| 170-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl
|2.5i Limited (A4)
||4 speed automatic
|| 170-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl
|2.5XT Limited (M5)
||5 speed manual
|| 243-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl
|3.0R Limited (A5)
||5 speed automatic
|| 245-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl