|2014 Outback ||2015 Outback|
Bigger wheels reduce "dead cat space," which is the actual industry term for the area between the tire and the body. Don't worry, we love cats.
Biggest available: 17" Wheel
Biggest available: 18" Wheel
Seeing out of a 2014 Outback is easy and the 2015 promises to be even better. See the triangle glass on the 2015? It allows you to see right past the mirror. Engineers also reduced size of A-pillars to shrink blind spots.
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2015 gets a "twin pod" style cluster.
This picture is from a 2015 Legacy, but 2015 Outback cluster will share pod look.
Dawg (and cargo) Space
The 2015 will be slightly longer but we don't expect any big changes here. Blue will still enjoy lounging around back there in the cavernous cargo area.
34.3 cubic feet with seats up.
71.3 cubic feet with seats down.
Same shape back there, so cargo space should be similar to 2014.
Power Tailgate Option
Not available on 2014 Outback, but we expect to see one on the 2015 because it's now standard on Forester Limited and Touring. Watch our instructional video for the Forester tailgate, here, which will surely be similar.
This is a picture of the Forester power tailgate.
Total People Space
We expect interior space to be slightly greater in the 2015 because the passenger compartment is growing where the A-pillar has been pulled forward (see spy photo above).
Total space: 105.4 cubic feet
Rear Legroom 37.8 inches
Rear legroom increases.
Subaru typically increases its suggested retail prices about $500 when introducing a new model, which defrays some of the cost of the new standard equipment. However, demand for Subaru's brand new models typically outstrips supply, so actual transaction prices will probably differ by more than $500, at least for the first year or so.
We'll post pricing when we get it, usually a few weeks before they ship the cars to us.
2015 retains the go-anywhere wagon look, but now taller and even more refined. Very upscale for a vehicle that starts in the $20's.
Engines and Fuel Economy
2.5 liter displacement in the standard engine does not change. Horsepower increases from 173 to 175. We expect modest fuel economy increases since 2015 Legacy increased 4 mpg highway. Six speed manual was eliminated on 2015 Legacy so it may not appear on Outback either.
|Continuously variable |
24 city, 30 highway
21 city, 28 highway
|Go Go Motor Option|
Both engines have 256 horsepower, but more modern transmission improves fuel economy and smoothness. Fuel economy has not been announced but highway economy improves by 3 mpg on Legacy. Subaru sells a diesel in world markets but we will not see that engine stateside.
Optional 3.6 liter
with five speed
18 city, 25 highway
Optional 3.6 liter
with high torque Lineartronic Continuously Variable
20 city, 28 highway
|Parking Brake Location|
the 2010-2014 models, Subaru increased space in the center console by
eliminating the old mechanical hand brake and replacing it with an
electric brake. On 2015 model, brake actuator appears in more intuitive
Switch is left of steering wheel.
Switch in center console.
Oil Change Interval
See current maintenance page.
Rooftop Cargo Solutions
Ingenious rack carries over. Both offer standard roof rails (the bars that run front to back) and
integrated crossbars (the bars that run side to side). Rails look they are updated, perhaps only cosmetically.
Integrated crossbars are
posed partially open to
show how they work.
Same general design, but roof rails have dimpling, probably for better aerodynamics.
|Subaru Eyesight System|
Optional on Outbacks since the 2013 model year, Subaru Eyesight includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, and much more. 2015 upgrades include the addition of Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Detection.
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