Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Subaru Outback OVERVIEW
After becoming its own model instead of simply a trim level, the Outback took the crossover realm by storm. It offered a station wagon ride and cabin, with the off-road capabilities of a small SUV. Heading into 2015, the Outback continues its success as it enters a new generation.
What's New for 2015
The Subaru Outback is all-new for 2015, as it receives a new look, a slight power and fuel economy bump in its four-cylinder engine, an enhanced all-wheel-drive system, and increased cargo and passenger volume. Buyers will also enjoy a smoother and quieter ride, thanks to liquid-filled engine mounts and an acoustic windshield.
Choosing Your Subaru Outback
Lower trim levels are only available with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. In order to get the 256-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder, you have to opt for the range-topping 3.6R Limited trim level.
Also limited for 2015 are transmission options -- your only choice is a CVT with a six-speed manual mode that you can control via paddle shifters. What this CVT does net you is good fuel economy, as the 2015 Outback 2.5i is rated at 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.
Where the Outback really excels is in its number of available trims and optional packages that add features like a moonrof, power rear gate, EyeSight, blind-spot monitoring, keyless start and navigation.
These are four trim levels to choose from on the Subaru Outback:
If you're not on a strict budget, skip the base 2.5i, as the price tag is a little high for the features that it offers. For the extra $2,100 that the 2.5i premium costs, you are getting many more features that better suit this sort of vehicle and the ability to add on more features by selecting from the list of available packages.
February sees much of the same for Subaru as incentives heavily favor financing and cash rebates are few-and-far-between. The popular 2020 Forester and family-friendly 2020... View All Subaru Lease Deals