The 2023 Subaru Outback receives a refresh that includes a more rugged front fascia, revised lower body cladding, and an updated infotainment system with wireless smartphone integration. The Onyx Edition is now available with the line's optional turbocharged engine. The Outback's upper trims gain a 180-degree front camera for enhanced pedestrian and cyclist detection.
Choosing Your Subaru Outback
The Outback continues in nine trim levels: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, Limited XT, and Touring XT. Bases prices range from $29,620 to $43,520 including destination.
The first five trims carry a normally aspired four-cylinder engine. The Wilderness and XT models get a more powerful four-cylinder turbo. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard across the board.
Towing capacity reaches 2,700 pounds with the base engine and 3,500 pounds with the turbo.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||182 hp||176-lb-ft||29 mpg|
|2.4L Turbo 4-Cylinder||250 hp||277 lb-ft||26/24 mpg (Wilderness/TX)|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Outback is a midsize, two-row crossover with legitimate room for five. Cargo space is typical for this class of vehicle. Buyers get 32.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat and 75.2 cubic feet with it folded.
The Outback offers an impressive array of diver assistance technology from the start. Every example gets adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and automatic emergency steering and braking. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available in a $1,400 option package for Premium and standard on subsequent trims.
The Limited, Touring, and XT models also get reverse automatic braking, which is included in a $1,845 optional package for the Onyx Edition and Wilderness. Driver alertness monitoring is available on the Limited as part of a $2,050 package — and standard on the Touring, Limited XT, and Touring XT.
The new 180-degree front camera debuts on the Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, and Touring XT. Subaru doesn't yet offer surround-view cameras or a head-up display on the Outback.
The Base trim's infotainment setup includes upper and lower 7-inch touchscreens, four speakers, a USB port, satellite and HD radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All other trims carry a single 11.6-inch touchscreen, four USB ports, and wireless smartphone integration.
The Premium, Onyx Edition trims, and Wilderness feature six-speaker sound. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon system is reserved for the Limited and Touring trims.
Navigation is available on all trims except Base. It's standard on the Touring and XT models — and included in option bundles for the other trims.
2023 Subaru Outback Base — MSRP From $29,620
The entry-level Outback offers a cloth interior with manual seats, paddle shifters, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, roof rails, and 17-inch alloy wheels. There are no factory options for the least expensive Outback.
2023 Subaru Outback Premium — MSRP From $31,920
The Premium adds popular features like heated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and the aforementioned audio upgrades. For $1,400, buyers can add blind-spot monitoring, push-button start, proximity key access, and a hands-free power liftgate. These items are also available in a $2,995 package with navigation and a sunroof.
2023 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition — MSRP From $34,720
The Onyx Edition offers a terrain selector, water-repellent upholstery, and black 18-inch wheels. The Premium's smaller option package is standard. The sunroof, navigation, and reverse automatic braking are available together for $1,845.
2023 Subaru Outback Limited — MSRP From $36,520
The Limited goes upmarket with leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger seat, heated rear seats, and the Harman Kardon system. Outside are machine-finished black wheels. The Limited's $2,060 option package adds the sunroof, navigation, a heated steering wheel, and the driver alertness monitor.
2023 Subaru Outback Touring — MSRP From $41,070
The Touring comes standard with the Limited's options — plus a Nappa leather interior, ventilated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, and the 180-degree front camera.
2023 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT — MSRP From $39,820
The XT version of the Onyx Edition comes equipped with the turbocharged engine, plus the sunroof, navigation, and reverse automatic braking as standard.
2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness — MSRP From $39,670
The Wildness reports for off-road duty with the turbocharged engine, a raised suspension, all-terrain tires on 17-inch matte black wheels, and the terrain selector. Buyers also get high-capacity roof rails, water-repellent upholstery, copper interior accents, and unique front and rear fascias. The sunroof, navigation, and reverse automatic braking are available bundled for $1,845.
2023 Subaru Outback Limited XT — MSRP From $40,920
The Limited XT picks up the turbocharged engine and everything available on the regular Limited as standard.
2023 Subaru Outback Touring XT — MSRP From $43,520
The ultimate Outback combines the Touring's high level of equipment with turbocharged power.
Compare Outback Trims Side-By-Side
The 2023 Subaru Outback Premium is a worthy upgrade over the base model, which is simply too austere for this class. The Limited offers the best balance of equipment to price for those who can afford the extra cost. The XT variants deliver eye-opening performance, though the turbo power doesn't come cheap in this case.