The 2015 SUBARU Outback Isn’t Overpriced, but it’s Almost Premium
Ever since Volvo and Audi made popular a segment of light off road wagons with the XC70 and the All-road, the whole world went berserk for them. However, since the beginning there was one more player who deserves to be treated like one of the kings of this segment – the 2015 Subaru Outback. Based on the Legacy wagon, the Subaru Outback brings true off road concept in an affordable, yet appealing package and for the 2015 model year, Subaru really did a wonderful thing with it and improved the car in every way it could.
As we know, majority of Subaru’s ever produced are AWD vehicles and the 2015 Subaru Outback is no exception. With its wonderfully executed Symmetrical AWD system it certainly represents one of the most capable contenders in the segment in which every major manufacturer has its own competitor. Creating a vehicle which will be accordingly positioned in this highly competitive segment is not an easy task. The Outback already has its name here, but the buyers always expect more from Subaru and now, with the new generation in place, Subaru succeeded to give the customers what they wanted the most – a more refined cabin.
Despite growing only an inch in length and width, the 2015 Subaru Outback is much larger inside. Actually, Subaru highlighted its astonishingly large and wide rear seat which can host three in comfort. Comparing it with small crossovers and SUVs it is rather clear that more back room might be just the thing the Outback needed the most. Of course, larger interior dimensions affected the roominess, the boot became slightly bigger and the whole family avanturistic concept just came together like a V8 in a muscle-car. Offering a car in four different trim levels – 2.5i base, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited ensured that the Subaru Outback reaches any buyer out there in a same manner. It is, in the end, a car with a vast market reach, so it is crucial to be affordable for as much buyers as possible.
Even the entry level vehicle comes with nice package including roof rails, powered windows and other equipment, cruise control, air-con, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, touch screen, a rear-view camera and nice audio system that can access the USB port. Top end brings stuff like the navigation system, key less entry and Subaru’s EyeSight assist system. Overall, the car can be equipped with rather advanced safety features which spice up the things a bit.
Unfortunately, motoring journalist are not too fond of the entry level car. Actually, with the 9,6 seconds acceleration to 60 mph, it is hard not to dislike the CVT governed 2.5 liter engine. On the other hand, the 3.6 liter V6 is a brute. With almost 260 HP it is a capable engine with a power to match. Interestingly, fuel consumption isn’t too different in with fuel consumption on the 2.5i. Unfortunately, the 3.6 liter engine is available only with the top line trim which might be a problem. We are positive that Subaru will sort that out.