Hits showrooms this summer.
Subaru has unveiled the all-new 2015 Outback, claiming it's roomier, more powerful and more efficient than ever before. It's most striking change, however, is the new front fascia with Subaru's latest signature hexagonal grille flanked by sweptback headlights and a newly shaped lower grille. A more raked windshield and sharply creased shoulder line are other new styling upgrades, as are plastic body cladding, a roof-rack, tailgate-mounted spoiler, new alloys and an aluminum hood.
Lift that up and you'll find either a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine rated at 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.6-liter boxer-six good for 256 hp and 247 lb-ft in the 3.6R Limited model. Both come mated exclusively to a Lineatronic CVT sending power to a symmetrical AWD system. Combined with electric power steering and an active grille shutter system, Subaru claims the Outback is good for 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined in the four-pot and 19/27/22 in the sixer. The Outback has grown to allow for more passenger and cargo space, and thanks to an acoustic windshield, noise-insulating foam and thicker panels, it's also a quieter place to be.
The entry-level model comes with a 6.2-inch infotainment system, the Premium variant boasts 10-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an improved 7-inch display, while the Limited model adds perforated leather seats, heated rear seats, woodgrain trim and a Harman/Kardon sound system. The 2015 Subaru Outback will hit dealerships this summer.