2015 Subaru Outback 2.5, this wagon like car makes the Subaru name stand out

2015-04-21 13:02:31
2015 Subaru Outback 2.5, this wagon like car makes the Subaru name stand out
2015 Subaru Outback 2.5, this wagon like car makes the Subaru name stand out

Subaru has been selling station wagon bodied cars successfully while most automakers have shunned its use in their lineup. Sales of the wagons and wagon-ish crossovers from four times as much as the Subaru sedans and now in its fifth generation car has evolved into 2015 Subaru Outback with more cabin room, great all-round visibility, comfortable seats and excellent all weather traction, not to mention the fuel economy.


This Outback has been spun off the Subaru Legacy sedan, and this means the outback naturally inherits what the crossover SUVs of the world strive for. The evolution involves added ground clearance, taller spect ratio tires, room rack, purposely placed body cladding and naturally the wagonish body which   increase the length of the vehicle by less than an inch and about 140 lb of weight.

The Outback also sports a 2.5 Liter flat-four capable of 175-hp like the Legacy   and also offers a flat-six producing 256hp. By far the four-cylinder is the most preferred perhaps owing to the relative thriftiness in fuel economy figures that reads 25/33mg for city and highway as per EPA rating. The performance of the 2.5 L is adequate as it does the 0-60mph sprint in 9.1 seconds. This timing   can be termed as slow when you compare it with the likes of Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4 sporting the same engines. But it is quite sufficient to keep pace with the city traffic, and it offers a tremendous 73.3 cu-ft cargo space to carry your things.

When we talk about the storage area, designer of the Outback has not adhered to the contemporary coupe roofline slope design but has opted for rectangular shape so as the wagon offers more cavity to store things.  They have also divested the practice of stuffing inadequate third-row seats in its belly and have designed 5 comfortable seats to seat grownup humans. This has resulted into more head and leg space, and the headrests do not obstruct rear-view for the driver and the backup camera augments this a great deal. Outward visibility all round is fantastic, and this can be credited to the slimmer A-pillars inserted with smaller quarter windows before the side mirrors. These mirrors have been mounted on pedestals to offer least blind spots. Ride height in the Outback has been substantially increased than a sedan but not on par with the SUVs, and Subaru has also eliminated the use of tires from Monster grade thus avoided the climb into the vehicle. You just slide into the comfortable seats after opening the door.                  

The Subaru we chose was the Outback Premium trim costing $31,535 though the base price has been fixed at $27,845. Out Outback was equipped with standard fog lamps, 17-inch aluminum wheels, cloth upholstery, power driver’s seat, shifter and a steering wheel wrapped in leather, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats.  The infotainment system with touch screen interface vibes nicely with voice control, HD, SMS text, Sirius XM radio, Subaru Starlink with Aha, Pandora and iHeartRadio integration with Smartphone. There is a $3390 option that offers Moonroof, Navigation, Power Rear Gate, and Eyesight package that assists with the cross-traffic and blind spot, and also the engine tune with partial zero emission worth $300.

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