Subaru Outback Review

The 2023 Subaru Outback's raised ride height and tough-looking exterior allow it to mix in among SUVs, while its station wagon form adds utility.

While it can travel further off-road than a standard station waggon, you won't find the Outback tackling Moab trails alongside Jeep Wranglers or Ford Broncos.

What's New for 2023?

Subaru has made several changes to the 2023 Outback. Like a bigger grille, updated headlamps

Among the improvements to the front end is a new front bumper. Cameras with a wider field of view boost the car's driver-assistance features.

Deluxe model offers the standard and extra features for the money. While the original 182-hp four-cylinder engine is standard, upgrading to the turbocharged 260-hp engine costs at least $6000.

The Outback Premium includes an 11.6-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and items not available on the original model.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Outback lineup includes two flat-four-cylinder engines: a basic 182-hp 2.5-liter and an optional 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter.

To reduce unpleasant engine drone, both are coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that simulates an eight-speed gearbox.

The normal engine in the Subaru Outback can tow 2700 pounds, while the turbocharged variant can tow 3500.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates the standard Outback will earn 26 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway.

The turbocharged version's efficiency drops significantly, with ratings of 23 mpg city and 30 highway. The Legacy, on the other hand, features more fuel-efficient engines.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Outback shares much of its interior with the Legacy, and both have comfortable accommodations and quality materials.

Aside from the base model, every Outback comes standard with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a plethora of USB connections.

On higher trim levels, luxury options like as a heated steering wheel, vented front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and heated rear seats are available.

Infotainment and Connectivity

All Outback variants have a large 11.6-inch vertically oriented touchscreen, while base models have two stacked 7.0-inch touchscreens.

Along with large touch icons and fast response times, the enormous screen has a rotational volume and tuning knob, as well as certain physical buttons for climate settings, making them easier to use.