The current-generation Subaru Outback was never going to win any beauty contests with its blend of rugged SUV looks and station wagon design. Still, it's found lots of fans – even five years after its launch, the Outback was Subaru's second-highest selling model in 2013. With the reveal of the next-generation 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show, it should be no surprise that Car and Driver says Subaru will reveal the next Outback at the New York Auto Show in April.

If previous generations are any indication, the next Outback will likely borrow liberally from the new Legacy, including its platform and engines. In addition to its five-door, station wagon design, the Outback will almost assuredly feature added body cladding and a higher ride height than the Legacy. Subaru's big push with the new Legacy will be to improve interior quality and comfort with liquid-filled engine mounts, an acoustic glass windshield, increased sound deadening, new infotainment systems and new safety tech. All of these will probably appear in the Outback as well.

After its rumored New York reveal, the 2015 Outback is expected to go on sale around the same time as the new Legacy in the summer of 2014.


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      RetrogradE
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bring back the GT wagon!
        AutoVido
        • 10 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        I agree, but even better, how about Subaru does what they did when they introduced the Outback - define a new segment... They'd need to spend a few hundred thousand on the name, but something like "lowered city-utility-transportation - L-CUT" then spend a few million on the marketing to make people realize they no longer want pod-like CUVs but instead realize that they are cool urban dwellers living downtown at night with bright lights and highway tunnels, always laughing with their friends! Think of all the Subaru L-CUT Outbacks they could sell ( ie Legacy Wagons).
      dadslife83
      • 10 Months Ago
      Having owned an Impreza Sedan and a Legacy Wagon and enjoyed both immensely, this new release happily coincides with my new car buying cycle. My cycle runs 7-10 years. My ex wound up with the Impreza which was no surprise. She shrieked that the car was built just for her and her 5'3" frame when new. The Impreza also ended up saving her life so the engineering is there. My hesitation has been going with the CVT transmission but now that Subaru is making it standard across the board I guess I'll go with it.
      Kuro Houou
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's a shame they failed so bad with the interior's of the new Legacy/Outback :( I really thought they would have stepped up their game. I would rate Subaru was probably the lowest in the industry of major car companies. Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, VW, Mazda, anybody else I am forgetting... all better then a Subaru interior, especially when it comes to nav systems!!
        SethG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        The current Legacy/Outback is roomy and comfortable inside but it's visually awful as is the touchscreen interface. The photos I've seen of the new Legacy look like an improvement.
      dinobot666
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sounds like the new chassis that the new, or updated at least, Legacy is going to be built on should be a good platform for the Outback. It's a shame that Subaru is phasing out all of its manual transmission offerings on the Legacy and the Outback. It was one of the few mid sized sedans or crossovers where you could still opt to row your own. Then again, manual transmissions are quickly becoming a thing of the past and the take rate on them were pretty low. :( CVTs it is then!
        Matt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @dinobot666
        It looks like VW will be picking up where Subie left off re: Manuals. The upcoming Golf/Sportwagen lineup will have a huge array of powertrain options, and it looks like every one of them with have a manual option. Might even be an AWD wagon, which would really steal some sales from Subie, since VW interiors are so much better.
          Matt
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          Dino, even Merc/BMW/VW are struggling with diesel issues in the US; carbon buildup, DPF constantly getting clogged, urea pumps/injectors dying, etc. The combination of our sh!tty diesel fuel, driving habits (short commutes at low speeds), and emissions regulations are just tough to deal with from an engineering perspective. If the Germans are having trouble with all their resources, you can bet Subie probably sees diesel in the US as a bridge too far.
          dinobot666
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          VWs diesel options in the US are quite compelling as well. Subaru's new hybrid system in the Crosstrek leaves much to be desired in terms of fuel economy and performance. I know Subaru doesn't have the resources that VW does, but you'd think Subaru making a diesel system 50 state compliant would be cheaper than making a hybrid system that only nets an increase of a few MPGs and no increase in torque. I'm sure somebody at SOA already did the math, but I want a torquey diesel Outback or Forester!
          Kumar
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Matt
          To be fair, the first Prius was a little homely and more of a tech tester car compared to what came after it. That only matters if Subaru does more than just this mild hybrid system, but unfortunately these systems (like the old Saturn green line) may make a comeback to meet MPG regs.
      rsholland
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hope they bring over the Levorg sport wagon, which is basically a WRX with Legacy-like refinement and upgrades.
        Kumar
        • 10 Months Ago
        @rsholland
        Makes you wonder if that's why there was no WRX hatch. Though I think it's doubtful, it could be a nice option for those like me who like that the last gen Outback was a little easier to park without worrying about door dings. (2 inches narrower and the about the same width as the newer Imprezas). Who knows, maybe there won't be a Legacy GT or Outback XT, just a Levorg. One can hope.
      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm eagerly awaiting the refresh of the XV Crosstrek. I know I know, just look at the '15 WRX. But still, it's going to be a great car. It's just too bad Subaru doesn't get with their senses and being over the Diesel Boxer to U.S shores. Nobody wants their stupid hybrid. Especially not their customer-base.
      yo
      • 10 Months Ago
      they need to get that interior updated, Looks like a 1993 model
      chad.pattyson
      • 10 Months Ago
      I bought a 2014 outback to use as my daily driver and retired my MK V GTI to weekend use. Have to say, so far I have a love hate relationship with this car. It goes anywhere I need it to and has no rattles or build quality wobbles , however it has been plagued by oil consumption issues, random air bag lights, other misc. electronic gremlins and yes, the interior is cheap looking and full of hard plastic everywhere. Compared with my VW, this car is a lemon ( I can already hear Subaru fan boys heads exploding). I know Subaru makes good cars, so I won't trash the entire brand based on one miffed experience. At the end of the day, this is a good practical car and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good all rounder if you live somewhere where winter means lots of snow.
        DRO3000
        • 10 Months Ago
        @chad.pattyson
        so you're recommending a lemon? you can't hate it that much
        whofan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @chad.pattyson
        Thank you for the fair unbiased review. Exactly the post I like to see when I visit these sites to research a vehicle or anything else. To be fair all vehicles have some sort of issue. I have yet to see perfection and will never see it. I`d buy a Subaru. I been a die hard Detroit buy American all my life but getting a bit soft on that stance since all the companies have gone global. The traditional big three names still have the upper hand but I look at all of the makes now as a possibility when I shop.
      gazaer
      • 10 Months Ago
      Exceptionally optimistic Subaru styles the new 2015 Outback with noticeable likenesses of the Levorg and concept. In addition, I would like Subaru to offer the automatic lift gate and continue with the 3.6r flat six (which appears to be the case). Improvements must be made in the seats (non-leather) for greater comfort in seat leg-length and hind-quarter support and vast improvements in the dual zone climate controls where even if the system is off but your temperature is set - it either a> loses the settings or b> produces warm air. Greater sound muting will likely be offered as the CVT appears to be the replacement for the 5AT. Subaru’s navigation systems is currently overpriced and is one of the worst on the market as far as usability. Any improvement here would be welcome. Additional choices in interior and body colors would be wonderful step forward and with all of these comments keep the price competitive without pushing potential customers to Audi. It will be interesting to see if Subaru offers an update to their AWD system on the 2015 Outback (like the Legacy) and corrects the issue of drive-shaft clank when Outback is parked on a slight upgrade (even when the electronic e-brake is used). My major uneasiness with buying another Subaru is the relationship with Toyota and Subaru forgetting its heritage that brought them to the dance in the first place.
      Wetstuff
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sadly, as much as I would like to have a car 'like a Subaru', but there is no way I would settle for a CVT or details like those clunky, plastic roof rails. I am with Andre, The Crosstrek could make a great surf or ski car for me, but I could never live with the marginal interior or ..again.. that CVT. (
        dbc
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Wetstuff
        Agreed. The roof rails and lack of m/t kill it for me. I have been happy with my 06 outback but am probably looking elsewhere when it's time to replace.
      SethG
      • 10 Months Ago
      When I saw the current Outback debut at the NY Auto Show several years ago I was sure it was going to be a flop. When every other automaker was softening the look of their crossovers, Subaru went ahead and butched up the look of the Outback to make it more truck-like. Time has shown this didn't hurt the car one bit. My brother has one and it's bulletproof in the snow, extremely spacious inside and very efficient (for it's size). I'd rather they moved a little more in the direction of the 2005-2009 models but that's not going to happen.
      whofan
      • 10 Months Ago
      For a while Subaru was getting ugly with it`s sucked a lemon front clip. The Tribeca comes to mind as other models also had that look when the Tribeca first came out. Fortunately I have to disagree that the current line of vehicles are less than attractive looking. They are in fact very nice looking. The Outback is beautiful. Very tempting if shopping for a vehicle.
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