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2015 Subaru Outback Wagon - Overview

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Overview

What's New for 2015:

  • Redesigned inside and out
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Upgraded drivetrain systems
  • New infotainment technologies
  • New safety systems
  • New convenience features
  • Larger and quieter interior

Introduction
One of the original modern crossover SUVs, the first Outback arrived 20 years ago. Today, the 2015 Subaru Outback is a 5-passenger crossover SUV based on the Subaru Legacy midsize sedan. It competes against the Ford Edge, Jeep Cherokee, Honda Crosstour, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Sorento, Nissan Murano, and Toyota Venza.

Models and Features
Subaru offers the 2015 Outback in 2.5i and 3.6R model series. The Outback 2.5i is available in standard, Premium, and Limited trim levels, while the Outback 3.6R is offered only in Limited trim.

Premium trim includes aluminum wheels, fog lights, body-color exterior trim, and a wiper de-icer system. Inside, the Outback Premium is equipped with a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded infotainment system, cargo cover, and more.

Select the Limited for leather seats, 4-way power front passenger's seat, heated rear seats, premium audio system, blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert system, lane-change alert system, and steering-responsive fog lights. Matte-finish woodgrain trim decorates the interior, a silver front underguard trim piece is standard, and the side mirrors include integrated turn signal indicators. The Limited also rides on larger 18-in. aluminum wheels and is equipped with a power rear liftgate.

Under the Hood
A 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the Outback 2.5i models, while the Outback 3.6R is equipped with a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard in every 2015 Outback and features paddle shifters for driver control over 6 pre-set transmission ratios.

Active Torque Split all-wheel drive (AWD) is standard; for 2015 it is enhanced with an X-Mode, which Subaru says calibrates the powertrain, stability control, and traction-control systems to maximize off-roading capability. Additionally, the 2015 Outback is now equipped with hill-start assist, hill-descent control, and hill-holder systems, ensuring that owners can take greater advantage of the Outback's generous 8.7 in. of ground clearance.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Outback 2.5i is rated to return 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The more powerful Outback 3.6R gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Subaru credits the standard CVT for these figures, and notes that every Outback is equipped with active grille shutters designed to improve aerodynamics on the highway.

Safety and Technology
In addition to the drivetrain technologies addressed above, the 2015 Outback is available with new safety and infotainment systems.

New for 2015, a rear-vehicle detection system combines a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane-change assist feature that can warn the driver when cars in adjacent lanes are approaching at a high rate of speed. It is standard for the Outback Limited and available for the Outback Premium.

These two versions of the crossover SUV can also be optioned with a next-generation version of Subaru's EyeSight technology, now equipped with new cameras and enhanced with fog lights that illuminate in the direction the Outback is turning.

Every 2015 Outback features a touch-screen infotainment system equipped with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, HD Radio, Internet radio via Pandora and iHeart Radio, USB and iPod connections, and Subaru's StarLink smartphone connectivity with Aha infotainment access.

Choose the Outback Premium for a larger 7-in. touch screen supporting swipe and gesture control as well as voice commands, along with text-messaging support, additional stereo speakers, an extra USB port, satellite radio, and iTunes song-tagging capability. Limited trim upgrades the infotainment system with a premium sound system, and navigation is available for both the Outback Premium and Limited.

Additionally, Subaru offers a Keyless Access & Start system for the Outback Limited. Featuring PIN Code operation, this technology allows the owner to leave the key fob inside of the car, lock the door, and then unlock the door using the PIN code.

Available Trims for the 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2.5i (CVT) continuously variable automatic $24,895 175-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 25/33
2.5i Premium (CVT) continuously variable automatic $26,995 175-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 25/33
2.5i Limited (CVT) continuously variable automatic $29,995 175-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl 25/33
3.6R Limited (CVT) continuously variable automatic $32,995 256-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 20/27

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