Changes for the 2014 Subaru Outback:
Subaru is making it easier for buyers to access upgrades on the less expensive versions of the 2014 Outback. Base models are offered with an optional Alloy Wheel Package, while Premium models get a standard touchscreen audio system, heated exterior mirrors, a heated wiper de-icing grid, and heated front seats. The Outback Premium is now offered with the automaker’s EyeSight safety technology for the first time. If you want a 6-cylinder engine, however, you’ll need to buy the top Limited trim level.
The 2014 Outback 2.5i has a 4-cylinder engine and the 2014 Outback 3.6R is equipped with a 6-cylinder engine. The 2.5i is offered in base, Premium and Limited trim, while the 3.6R is available exclusively in Limited trim.
An Outback 2.5i Premium adds several desirable features to the base model, including a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, a touchscreen audio system with satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Limited 2.5i model is equipped with a continuously variable transmission, while the Limited 3.6R gets a 6-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. Limited models also receive leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium audio system, a power front passenger’s seat, upgraded interior trim, and electroluminescent gauge displays.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 173-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Outback 2.5i, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission in base and Premium trim, or a standard CVT in Limited trim. The CVT is optional for the base and Premium versions.
With a manual gearbox, the Outback’s all-wheel-drive system splits power evenly between the front and rear wheels. An Active Torque Split AWD system is included with the CVT, automatically transferring power to the rear wheels when the front wheels slip.
The Outback 3.6R is equipped with a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission. A Variable Torque Distribution AWD system is standard for this model.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
As this summary is written, the EPA has not published official fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Outback. Last year, the car’s identical powertrains turned in performances ranging from 18 mpg in the city for the Outback 3.6R to 30 mpg on the highway for the Outback 2.5i model.
The 2014 Outback receives a “Top Safety Pick +” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), reflecting its impressive performance in all IIHS crash tests, including the tough new small overlap frontal-impact test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2014 Outback an overall crash-test rating of 5 stars.
Last year, Subaru debuted a new technology suite called EyeSight, which includes an adaptive cruise control system, a lane departure warning system, a pre-collision braking system, and a reversing camera system. This year, EyeSight is available on Premium models in addition to Limited models.
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