The 2023 Subaru Outback will feature a mild refresh and some updates in technology and packaging for the upcoming model year.
In terms of styling, the 2023 Outback has new front cladding designed to have a more rugged look, and its redesigned LED headlights have a sharper appearance than the prior year. As before, the Outback is available in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Wilderness, Limited, and Touring trims. Interestingly, the Wilderness does not benefit from the updated front end.
All 2023 Outback models will also get the latest version of Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance technology. The company says new software and a wider field of view enable the system to operate more smoothly than before. In the Touring trim, Subaru has added a Wide-Angle Mono Camera that can detect pedestrians and bikes at low speeds.
The 2023 Outback Touring also gets a new LCD rear-view mirror. Outbacks with blind-spot detection and lane-change assist also get automatic emergency steering, a system that Subaru says can help avoid crashes at speeds under 50 mph. A massive 11.6" infotainment screen is standard and has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For 2023, the Onyx Edition is available with either the standard 2.5L engine or the optional 2.4L turbo. Previously, the Onyx XT was only offered with the turbo. The 2.5L produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque, whereas the turbo makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft. These are the same figures as the previous year.
As before, all Outbacks have 8.7" of ground clearance, though the Wilderness has a higher ride height at 9.5". The Wilderness aims to be a more capable off-roader than other styles, with special design cues, more aggressive tires, and a low-speed crawl mode. The Wilderness was new for 2022 and continues largely unchanged.
The Outback generally has stellar safety ratings, with the highest five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in overall tests. And the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Outback its 2022 Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor.