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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon - Overview

Research another Outback:

$23,495 – $32,095 MSRP

$22,123 – $30,034 Invoice

17 / 25 MPG City/Hwy


Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality 3.0

Predicted Reliability 3.5

Detailed ratings for 2014 models are not yet available. Ratings for the 2013 model year are provided, but are not necessarily indicative of 2014 model performance. Ratings data for all body styles and trim levels within a particular model family are aggregated when calculating the model's overall Power Circle Rating.
2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

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What's New for 2014:

  • Alloy Wheel package optional for 2.5i with CVT
  • 2.5i Premium models gain standard and optional equipment
  • EyeSight safety technology offered for 2.5i Premium
  • 3.6R lineup available only in Limited trim

It can be argued that the current crossover SUV revolution kicked off with the introduction of the Subaru Outback as a trim package on the 1995 Legacy station wagon. The following year, Subaru tweaked the ingredients, and the Outback's raised suspension, oversized fog lights, white-lettered tires, and rugged packaging served as the template for crossovers to follow.

Almost 20 years later, the 2014 Subaru Outback remains faithful to that original recipe, one that more than 100,000 car buyers find appealing on an annual basis. Today, the Outback competes with a wide range of 5-passenger small and midsize crossover SUVs.

Models and Features
Subaru sells the Outback 2.5i and the Outback 3.6R, the former equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and the latter fitted with a 6-cylinder power plant. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard, and the Outback 2.5i is equipped with a choice between a manual gearbox and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Outback 3.6R is offered only with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Three trim levels are offered for the Outback 2.5i: base, Premium, and Limited. Choose the 2.5i Premium trim level, like most people, and for 2014 the car is equipped with a standard touch-screen audio system with satellite radio, and a standard All-Weather package containing heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a wiper de-icer grid. These new features are in addition to the Premium model's 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, 10-way power driver's seat, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Outback 2.5i Limited equips the crossover with a CVT, nicer interior trim, electroluminescent gauges, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system with rear air vents. A premium sound system, power front passenger's seat, and perforated leather upholstery are also standard for this version.

With the discontinuation of the base Outback 3.6R, the 3.6R Limited provides the only option for a 6-cylinder engine. Other modifications that are included with this version include a 5-speed automatic transmission with downshift rev-matching, Variable Torque Distribution AWD, bigger brakes with ventilated discs, and dual exhaust outlets.

Options and Packages
Subaru offers a mix of factory-installed and dealer-installed options for the 2014 Outback models. The base 2.5i version can be upgraded with a CVT with a manual shift gate and paddle shifters, and when this option is selected the AWD system switches from an even 50:50 front-to-rear torque split to an Active Torque Split arrangement that primarily powers the front wheels until wheel slippage dictates power transfer to the rear wheels. In conjunction with the CVT purchase, base Outback buyers can also get a new Alloy Wheel package containing 17-inch aluminum wheels and fog lights.

This year, the 2.5i Premium models are available with features previously reserved for the top-of-the-line 2.5i Limited, including a reversing camera, navigation system, and Subaru's EyeSight System, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning system, and a pre-collision braking system. Additionally, the 2.5i Premium can be equipped with a power sunroof and a premium sound system including HD Radio and Bluetooth music streaming capability.

The 2.5i and 3.6R Limited models can be optioned with the same list of upgrades offered for the 2.5i Premium, as well as an exclusive Special Appearance package with dark woodgrain interior trim, Smart Key passive entry and push-button ignition system, memory for the driver's settings, and more.

Under the Hood
The Outback 2.5i model's standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine generates 173 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 174 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm, and can be upgraded to Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) status in certain regions of the country. The base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium are equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, with a CVT offered as an option. The 2.5i Limited comes standard with the CVT.

The Outback 3.6R model gets a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine rated to make 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 247 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard with this engine, and includes a downshift rev-matching feature.

Every 2014 Outback is equipped with all-wheel-drive. The 2.5i with a manual gearbox features an even 50:50 front-to-rear power split. Versions with the CVT employ an Active Torque Split AWD system that automatically transfers motive force to the rear wheels whenever the front wheels slip. The Outback 3.6R has a Variable Torque Distribution AWD system.

Fuel Economy
The EPA has not finalized 2014 Outback fuel-economy estimates as this overview is written.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the 2014 Subaru Outback a "Top Safety Pick Plus," which reflects the crossover SUV's impressive performance in the tough new small overlap frontal-impact crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not performed a crash-test assessment for the 2014 Outback as this overview is written.

In addition to favorable crash-test ratings, Subaru makes the 2014 Outback safer by trickling down optional safety technologies to the 2.5i Premium model. They include Subaru EyeSight with adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning system, and pre-collision braking, as well as a reversing camera.

Available Trims for the 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2.5i 6 speed manual $23,495 173-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 22/29
2.5i Premium 6 speed manual $25,795 173-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 22/29
2.5i Limited continuously variable automatic $29,095 173-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 24/30
3.6R Limited 5 speed automatic $32,095 256-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 17/25

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