Glamor Shots and Analysis:
Overall dimensions remain
similar, but you can see how Subaru engineers pulled the "A-pillar"
forward (the A-pillar is the metal structure on each side of the
windshield that supports the roof). Moving the base of the A-pillar two inches towards
the front of the car creates a more rakish windshield slope and increases
You can see the
sleek angle of the windshield which improves appearance, fuel economy,
and passenger volume. Large 18" wheels give the car a taller, more
SUV-like appearance, and improve handling. Standard roof rails with
ingenious integrated crossbars continue in the new generation, but now offer a fore-and-aft sliding capability to adapt to different loads you might want to carry.
Rear glass remains large and low for visibility
better than just about any other crossover vehicle on the road.
New triangle glass in door allows
driver to see right past mirror for incredible visibility. Interior passenger space increases by almost three cubic feet.
Previously unavailable on any Subaru, 2015 Outback now offers optional blind-spot detection to assist with highway lane changes, and rear cross traffic alert capability top help you back out of parking spaces safely.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN 2014 AND 2015 OUTBACKS:Both come standard with:
- A sport utility vehicle's all weather prowess and 8.7" of ground clearance with the lower cost, higher fuel
economy, better ride, and superior outward visibility of a car.
- Many safety features, including full-time symmetrical all wheel drive (with no buttons to push), Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) to prevent skids, Boxer engine, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and much more. Learn all about Subaru safety features.
- Many convenience features, including Bluetooth
hands-free phone and audio connectivity, air conditioning, keyless
entry, cd player, power windows, power mirrors, and much more.
- 3 year/36,000 mile comprehensive warranty and 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 2014 AND 2015 OUTBACKS
|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. Ground clearance remains the same at an impressive 8.7 inches.
Biggest available: 17" Wheel
Biggest available: 18" Wheel
Already one of the best vehicles for visibility, 2015 Outback 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.
2015 gets a "twin pod" style cluster.
Dawg (and cargo) Space
The 2015 is slightly bigger. 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.
35.5 cubic feet with seats up. 73.3 cubic feet with seats down.
Power Tailgate Option
Not available on 2014 Outback, but now optional on 2015 Outback. Watch our instructional video for the Forester tailgate which has the same capability.
Total People Space
Interior space increases because the passenger compartment is growing where the A-pillar has been pulled forward. 2015 Outback is also .7" wider.
105.4 cubic feet
Rear Legroom 37.8 inches
108.1 cubic feet
Rear legroom increases.
Subaru typically increases its suggested retail prices only a few hundred dollars when introducing a new model, which defrays some of the cost of the new standard equipment.
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. Six speed manual is no longer offered.
|Continuously variable |
24 city, 30 highway
21 city, 28 highway
Go Go Motor Option
Both engines have 256 horsepower, but more modern transmission in 2015 Outback improves fuel economy and smoothness. Turbo engine, last seen on an Outback in 2009, will not appear. 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
20 city, 27 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 our maintenance interval page.
Rooftop Cargo System
One of David's three favorite things about the Outback, standard roof rails ingeniously incorporate integrated crossbars. New for 2015, crossbars adjust fore and aft.
Integrated crossbars are
posed partially open to
show how they work.
Crossbars can notch in
at different positions.
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 Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection.
View 2013-2014 Technology
View 2015 Upgrades