First Impressions: 2015 Subaru Outback

Known most for its functionality than anything else, the 2015 Subaru Outback offers more than just a reasonable ride and high safety ratings.

Handling

You won’t win a drag race in the Outback, but the 170 horsepower produced by the 4-cylinder BOXER engine Subaru is famous for is all the juice you need. The Outback never felt lacking on our test drive. In fact, it felt more than capable and plenty strong. We were ready to take on the world in the jaunty little wagon. The ride was solid without feeling stiff; and, while we didn’t do any serious off-roading a start on a gravel incline hinted at the surefootedness and handling Subaru boasts.

Infotainment

The Outback featured a 7” infotainment screen for accessing audio options and Subaru’s Starlink Connected Services. Starlink features the ability to download apps, to connect to your smartphone, and to monitor sports scores, weather, and stocks. The screen is integrated into the center stack and continues the everything-you-need-and-nothing-you-don’t design theme that is Subaru.

Three simple knobs control the HVAC system and have a very short learning curve for anyone who has ever operated a vehicle’s AC. A driver information screen is set into the dash above the stack and provides access to fuel economy, diagnostics, and other performance information. These options can be selected via steering wheel controls that take only a few seconds longer to learn than the HVAC.

Exterior

The Subaru Outback looks exactly like a Subaru Outback which looks like nothing else on the road save for its smaller XV Crosstrek sibling. The body molding and high stance make the Outback look as capable as it is. Wraparound headlamps and creases along the body give the vehicle a modern look while maintaining the rugged exterior that draws so many enthusiasts.

Seating/Storage

Four adults will be plenty comfortable in the Outback, and a couple of car seats go in the rear with just enough room your loveable scamps won’t be tempted to prod each other any more than they already are. The wagon rear end makes the Outback a solid performer in the grocery getting category. If the wagon doesn’t provide enough room to stow all your outdoor gear, Subaru provides an endless number of roof-mounted storage and transport options.

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image courtesy of Subaru
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