The Subaru Outback range has been updated for 2013 with new features and specifications and with price cuts of up to $4000.

The biggest saving sees the diesel-powered 110kW/350Nm Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium, now with new alloy wheels and a colour information display, available from $42,990. Prices for the standard Outback 2.0D diesel have also been reduced by $1000 to $39,990, while benefitting from the addition of satellite navigation.

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The reshuffled line-up sees the demise of the previous 123kW/229Nm entry-level Subaru Outback 2.5i manual model, replaced by the automatic Outback 2.5i with its more fuel-efficient and more powerful 127kW/235Nm FB horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, at a reduction of $500 to $38,490. The new engine sees fuel consumption drop from 8.3 litres per 100km to 8.0L/100km.

For an extra $1500, an Outback 2.5i option pack model receives leather trim, satellite navigation, rear air conditioning vents, driver’s power seat, and a colour information display.

All 2013 Subaru Outback models sport a new grille and foglight surround as well as new-look alloy wheels, while the Outback 2.5i with optional leather trim, 2.5i Premium and the $57,490 range-topping 191kW/350Nm six-cylinder 3.6R Premium also gain a colour information display.

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A revised version of Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive system joins the Japanese manufacturer’s EyeSight driver assist system available on selected models, which also adds front sun visor extensions, dusk-sensing headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Enhanced suspension, new bushings, and altered damper and spring rate settings are all aimed at improving stability, body roll, and Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) performance.

Four new colours have also been made available for the updated Subaru Outback, with dark grey metallic, deep sea blue pearl, Venetian red pearl and burnished bronze metallic all added to the palette for 2013.

2013 Subaru Outback manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Subaru Outback 2.5i auto – $38,490
  • Subaru Outback 2.5i auto option pack – $39,990
  • Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium auto – $42,990
  • Subaru Outback 2.0D manual – $39,990
  • Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium manual – $42,990
  • Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium auto – $57,490

  • davie

    Looking at the moment for a mid size petrol wagon, choice between this 2013 Outback (has already been in dealerships for a few weeks now), the new mazda6 and old mazda6 runout. Have test driven all. Mondeo was considered but wagon petrol engine option is terrible.

    Am a huge fan of subaru AWD but after owning 99 impreza sportwagon (distant ancestor to the current XV) for years, I’m having trouble justifying the logical subaru upgrade path to the outback.

    Ignoring the AWD factor for a moment, the mazda’s twins interior presentation and engine power (in particular the 2013) and fuel efficiency are way ahead of the Outback. They are nearly identical in size but feel much less barge like.

    Outback has its advantages in sheer cargo volume, ride height and AWD but Subaru have missed an opportunity here to take the initiative and make the outback a standout rather than just another in the pack.

    – Why no direct injection? – “new” engine has been around for 3 years now in Forester, plenty of time to get this right. Outright acceleration from new FB25 engine is only adequate. New 2013 Mazda absolutely wipes the floor with it.
    – Why do baby seats still anchor from the roof (rather than back of seats?) XV and Mazda do this
    – Why is a rear camera still an option?? – this is 2013 and families expect this now.
    – Why are rear vents an option when they are standard on equivalent Liberty wagon base model??, what a nasty bit of penny pinching.
    Despite the above, the Outback is still in contention… just. I still imagine I might someday have use for the raised height and AWD… If I can convince myself otherwise, its out.

    Geez Subaru. lift your game!

    • Zaccy16

      completly agree, the old mazda 6 is even better than this!

    • Wealthadviser

      You raise some very valid points. I guess the question is how important is AWD (not for off roading) to you.

      We were taken on a test drive in our current forester in 2004, the saleswoman said I’m going show you a few things about AWD and proceeded to test the ABS brakes, sharp corners, and swerving left to right. She then suggested we do the same to the other vehicles on our short list CRV, Rav 4, and X trail….we did with the CRV, and returned with a deposit for the forester the next week.

      Maz6 AWD?

      • davie

        Subaru AWD is great in the wet. But I’m more than happy to consider modern Front wheel drive cars with the safety gizmo’s they now use to control wheel spin etc. The new 6 does present a very compelling case in that regard.

        We also test drove a Forester but its 4-speed auto is the same as in my folks 2008 Liberty. It is a particulary terrible transmission. I couldn’t part with so much of my hard earned with the knowledge that I will have to deal with that power sapping, gear hunting misery every day.

        However, there is a new forester out in a few weeks with same CVT and FB25 engine combo as the new outback. Its probably a bit lighter than the outback? I’m considering waiting until then to see if its a contender.

      • marc

        AWD will not impact sharp corner handling nor swerving. Superior car set-up development will.

    • Adelaide_john

      get a Commodore Sportswagon, I know not mid sized but more bang for your buck and you could do a good deal on a Commodore right now and much chepaer to run / service / repair / maintain than the cars you are looking at

      • Sydlocal

        Much cheaper to run? Sure you have to service the Subaru and Mazda twice a year instead of 1.25 times a year for the Commodore (you have to look long term and not over just one year due the the Commodores service interval is 9 months/15,000km and not 12 months). However considering something like the Mazda in petrol form has a combined fuel figure of 2.3L/100km less than the 3L or 3.3L/100km less than the 3.6L Commodore. The average person drives 20,000km a year and with fuel at $1.40c/L that works out to $1848 for the Mazda, $2240 for the Subaru (at 8L/100km), $2,492 for the 3L Commdore and $2,772 for the 3.6L/100km Commodore. That more than negates the cost of the ‘extra’ servcing for the Mazda and lineball for the Subaru (depending on where you service it). You can’t tell me that in the Mazda’s case the extra service would be $600 (if you were charged that for the mid year minor service you really need to shop around!). Now of course there is always the option of the LPG Commodore, at the ADR figure of 12.3L/100km and price of 80c/L that works out to $1,968 per year over average kms and higher than the Mazda. However that would work out to be around $150ish a year gain, less than a cappuccino a week, in the Commodore’s favour (using the LPG Commodore’s $265 fixed price) due to the extra 0.75 servicings per year.  The problem then however is that the extra load space of the Commodore is severely compromised by having the spare tyre in the wagon load area. Not that convenient for a family interstate trip when you would most likely be carrying a spare.
        Also in some states, like NSW and QLD, the Japanese pair would be cheaper to register again widening the gap. Insurance wouldn’t be much different either and in some cases could be even less for the Japanese pair due to them both being 4cyls as opposed to a ‘must be high performance’ because it is a V6′ for the Commodore. Yes, insurance companies that that simplistic!

        Repar costs are an intersting one. Yep, no argument from me that Subaru and Mazda parts in most cases (but not all) are more expensive than Holden, but then again, generally the Subaru and Mazda do not need as much ‘repairing’ (normal consumables aside)!

        No argument again about bang for your buck as the Aussie cars offer excellent value. Especially since they are virtually giving them away! The Commodore Sportwagon is MORE than well worth a look and should be near the top of any list when looking for a medium/large wagon, but it is not neccessarily cheaper to run and service over the long term.

        • Karl Sass

          Sydlocal I think LPG @ 80c/litre is a bit high. It’s about 68c in Melbourne, paid 78c on Phillip Island a few weeks ago (unusually expense). It’s also a bit odd to compare 4 cylinders to the SV6. Also, are you sure those other cars Davie was looking at don’t have a space saver? In reality there isn’t much difference in size between medium and large cars and RWD could be a good compromise between front/all wheel drive.Otherwise I agree with your assessment.

          • Sydlocal

            The Mazda has a temporary spare which is different to a space saver. ie it is a full size steel wheel with a 16 inch rim without the speed/distance limits of a space saver. Still better than no spare at all or having a spare and significantly sacrificing load space/area. Subaru says the Outback has a 17inch spare (same rim size as other wheels) however I don’t know if it is the same as the others. I know it is odd comparing a 4cyl to an SV6, but I was just replying to Adelaide_john who suggested the Sportwagon and said it was cheaper to run! Yes, their physical size is very similar and the difference between a medium and large car has been some what blurred over the last few years.

      • davie

        Thanks, I did briefly consider commodore. Unfortunately, its just larger than what our family needs, especially for squeezing in shopping car parks.

        I also have memories of the brand-new VN commodore which broke my fathers life-long allegiance to Holden. The $600 coil pack which sacrificed itself 3 times to save a $2 spark plug. Door rubbers that fell into the doors 4 times (gave up after that). Sagging roof trim that sat on your head, rust on the rear window. Welsh plugs that rotted out, wheel wobble that could not be fixed, bits that just randomly fell off the dash board…

        No doubt, Holden have improved in 24 years and I bear them no ill will. However, the current choices in the market means that I don’t have to take the risk.

  • aball

    Really, in a car named “Outback”, rear A/C vents are an extra cost?

    • Zaccy16

      that is a big joke! its a big interior to cool too

  • Quivive

    $15000 for a 500cc bigger engine (2.5 vs 3.0)

    • davie

       I think the Outback 6cyl engine is a 3.6 in this model but I agree with your point

    • Sydlocal

      They must have been talking to BMW/Mercedes-Benz and asked for their advice on how they should price their larger engined version!!!

      • Karl Sass

        If they did that there would be another zero in there.

        • Sydlocal

           Fair call!!!! :-)


    UGLY UGLY UGLY cars!
    Even skodas aren’t this ugly any more.
    subaru need to get their designers new guide dogs

    • Gavinsm

      you can thank the american market for the boring looks, thanks boring America

    • Chest Rockjaw

      UGLY x 2

  • B.Sven

    I wouldn’t buy any of the current Liberty or Outback Models. We have the 2088 model and its brilliant, the current models are americanised, ugly and full of cheap plastics. The NEW ALLTRACK is a fantastic option, it next on my list.

    • Sydlocal

       Wow, where can I get your time machine if you have the 2088 model??!! 😉

  • TroyMaclure

    It’s unfortunate, but Subaru have gone the way of Honda

    Compare the Kia/Hyundai diesels to Subaru’s offering and you’ll see there is NO comparison

  • Boo Hoo Subaru

    I have a 2005 Liberty 3RB. Good car and have had no troubles with it at all (apart from the fact the it’s a thirsty little sucker). When I bought that car, Subaru where on top of their game. Virtually, every car in their line up was good.

    I had to change my wife’s car recently and we bought the new Mazda 6 touring wagon. I did not even consider the Outback. IMO, Subaru has really taken a step back in the last few years. The used to produce great cars. Now, they just hang on to AWD as the point of difference while the rest of the car becomes uglier and more cheaply built. Unless AWD is a necessity (and I would imaging in those cases, a proper 4WD would do a better job), then I would not buy another Subaru until they lift their game.

  • Mark Zschirnt

    US price for 2.5i model: $23,495 – $28,495
    top range 3.6i model: $32,095

    I’d feel a bit silly spending an extra 50% on them.
    Though subaru always completely overprices its cars in australia (a wrx is mid-20k in the us). 

    Having said that the european (german) prices are almost identical to Australia’s.

    • Showtime

      Subaru manufacturer the Legacy (Liberty), Outback and Tribeca at their Indiana plant in the US. This is partly why they are cheaper priced (no import duty, tariffs, etc) compared to Aus.

      • Sydlocal

        We also get paid more than them!

  • antiq

    One dealer in Adelaide didnt even give us the current price with the $4000 discount.  Do they think we never surf the net?  $51K expected for the diesel.

  • Marc

    58k! …I’ll take an SRT8 Core thanks.