Changes for the 2015 Subaru Outback:
The 2015 Outback is redesigned, equipped with a more fuel-efficient engine, a new Active Torque Split all-wheel-drive system, and a standard continuously variable transmission. The crossover SUV’s revised steering, braking, and suspension components deliver improved driving dynamics.
Larger and more comfortable, the Outback’s interior is more refined, according to Subaru. The cargo area is bigger, too, equipped with a flatter load floor when the rear seats are folded down. Step-style doorsills make it easier to secure equipment to the roof rack, and a power tailgate is a new option.
The 2015 Outback also offers new infotainment systems, an upgraded suite of EyeSight safety technologies, and a new Rear Vehicle Detection system.
The 2015 Outback lineup includes 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited models.
Choose the 2.5i Premium for fog lights and aluminum wheels, along with dark tinted rear privacy glass, nicer interior materials, and an upgraded infotainment system. This model also includes a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, a wiper de-icer system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Limited models add leather seats, heated rear seats, a premium sound system, a power rear liftgate, and a premium surround sound audio system. Subaru’s new Rear Vehicle Detection system is also standard, along with new keyless access and engine starting with PIN code operation.
Engines and Transmissions:
Thanks to active grille shutters and other changes, the Outback 2.5i model’s 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is more fuel efficient than before. Choose the Outback 3.6R for a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine. A CVT with paddle shifters, Incline Start Assist, and a Hill Holder System is standard, and new Active Torque Vectoring helps tighten cornering capability.
An Active Torque Split all-wheel-drive system is also standard, including Hill Descent Control and what Subaru calls an X-Mode designed to help the Outback tackle tougher trails. Thanks to 8.7 inches of ground clearance, an Outback handles rugged terrain better than many crossover SUVs.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The EPA says the Outback 2.5i will get 28 mpg in combined driving. The 3.6R model is more powerful, but returns 22 mpg.
As this summary is written, neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2015 Outback.
A 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, including Starlink Bluetooth smartphone integration with music streaming, Aha services, a USB port, and more. Buyers can upgrade to a larger touchscreen, text messaging capability, and navigation with natural language voice recognition.
A reversing camera, rollover-sensing side-impact airbags, front seat cushion airbags, and a Brake Assist system are standard. The new Rear Vehicle Detection system includes Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist technologies, while the available EyeSight system uses new stereo cameras to operate the adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, and Pre-Collision Braking systems.
The Outback’s available keyless access system accommodates active lifestyles. Thanks to PIN code operation, it allows owners to lock their keys in the car, exercise without carrying the keys, and then get back into the car using the PIN code.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 31, 2014
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