Subaru announces the all-new 2015 Outback models. It’s the fifth generation of the World’s First Sport Utility Wagon, featuring the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest fuel-efficiency in the model’s 20-year history.
Outback’s bold new design delivers an even more compelling blend of on-road agility, off-pavement control, ride comfort, interior refinement and safety technology.
The 2015 Outback exemplifies Subaru’s mastery of outdoors-oriented vehicle engineering, not just for its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and raised ground clearance, but also for numerous details that help make it more convenient to load and carry cargo, kayaks and bikes.
Added as standard for 2015 are X-Mode, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist augment Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to assist the driver in navigating rough roads, slippery surfaces or steep inclines.
The 175-horsepower 4-cylinder Outback 2.5i model is available in Standard, Premium and Limited trim lines. All trim lines add more standard amenities, conveniences and new infotainment systems for 2015.
The flagship of the line-up, the Outback 3.6R Limited, now includes a new, High-Torque Continuously Variable Transmission for the 256-horsepower 3.6 liter, 6-cylinder Boxer engine that improves its estimated gas mileage to 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/22 combined.
All Outback models come standard with the Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which features paddle shifters and is instrumental in the Outback’s significantly improved fuel economy.
Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control stability and traction control system contributes to more neutral cornering is now standard on all Outback trim levels. The Active Grille Shutter system that helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance is standard on 4-cylinder models.
Base model estimated mpg: 25/33
Estimated starting price: $24,895
Compiled by Motor Matters