2015 Subaru Outback Review
  • Far better value for money than before; much improved interior including new infotainment systems; excellent space; better dynamics than before
  • On the expensive side for maintenance, and it requires more visits to the dealer; diesel engine feels underdone; EyeSight tech not available on diesel models

OUR RATING
8 / 10

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2015 Subaru Outback Review

The 2015 Subaru Outback has arrived in Australia ahead of going on sale in January packed with lower pricing and more equipment...

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Subaru price cuts : Japanese brand explains its dramatic adjustments
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Subaru price cuts : Japanese brand explains its dramatic adjustments

Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior says the price changes for the 2015 Subaru Liberty and 2015 Subaru Outback are representative of a new market dynamic for the mid-sized sedan and crossover wagon. “Obviously it’s a process that’s locked into negotiations with the factory, currency, hedging and that sort of stuff,” Senior said...


2015 Subaru Outback : Pricing drops of up to $10,000
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2015 Subaru Outback : Pricing drops of up to $10,000

The first examples of the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback have arrived in Australia ahead of going on sale early in the new year - and prices are down significantly across the Japanese brand's wagon-cum-SUV range. Between $2000 and a whopping $10,000 has been trimmed from the list price of each member of the five-variant range. The entry point 2...


2015 Subaru Outback revealed
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2015 Subaru Outback revealed

The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback has been revealed at the 2014 New York auto show, 20 years after the first ever Outback model was revealed in the Big Apple. The new Subaru crossover wagon carries more of the XV-style body cladding that we've come to expect, with new dark plastic protection plastics on the body sills and front and rear bumper bars...


2015 Subaru Outback teased
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2015 Subaru Outback teased

The all-new sixth-generation Subaru Outback has been teased ahead of its New York auto show reveal later this month. Shown in a single teaser image, the US-specification Subaru Outback shares much with the Subaru Levorg wagon concept – first seen at the 2013 Tokyo motor show – including its three-slatted grille, headlights, bonnet creases and wing mirrors...


2015 Subaru Outback : New crossover wagon spied benchmarking Audi Q5
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2015 Subaru Outback : New crossover wagon spied benchmarking Audi Q5

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the 2015 Subaru Outback just weeks out from its New York motor show unveiling. Based on the all-new Subaru Liberty that debuted in Chicago last month, the fifth-generation Outback combines the former’s core design elements with the traditional rugged crossover add-ons of the high-riding wagon model...


Subaru Outback: tougher look, price rise for 2014
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Subaru Outback: tougher look, price rise for 2014

The Subaru Outback has been updated for the 2014 model year with tougher exterior styling and a $500 price rise across the range. Refreshing the Outback are dark-tinted headlights, a set of dark grey alloy wheels and matching front grille trim. The side sills and cladding, wheel arch guards, front mud flaps and roof rails (with integrated cross bars) are finished in black, contrasting with lighter front and rear underbody guard protectors...


Subaru Outback: next-gen spied for the first time
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Subaru Outback: next-gen spied for the first time

The fifth generation Subaru Liberty has been spied, in jacked-up Subaru Outback wagon guise, at least 18 months away from its debut. Wearing some body cladding, the Outback mule was snapped during testing in California, USA, and reveals a number of structural and styling changes compared with the current generation model, which is now four years old...


Subaru Outback Diesel Automatic Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Subaru Outback Diesel Automatic Review

The Subaru Outback is the default choice for those that want a spacious, very capable, all-wheel-drive Japanese wagon with solid build quality. Subaru’s undeniable reputation for durability and reliability is an added bonus. For a few years now the Subaru Outback has been available with a diesel engine but only ever offered with a manual transmission...

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$42,490 to $45,490

Subaru Outback Review: long-term final report
Rating: 710 /10
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Subaru Outback Review: long-term final report

Having spent more than four months with our Subaru Outback covering more than 5000km, it was time to give it back and with that, time to end our long-term road test. Over the last four months we’ve come accustomed to the Outback’s versatility and durability...

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$44,490

2013 Subaru Outback becomes local brand's first diesel auto
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2013 Subaru Outback becomes local brand's first diesel auto

The Subaru Outback will become the Japanese brand's first vehicle to be offered with a diesel engine/automatic transmission combination in Australia when the new wagon variant arrives in March. The car maker's new Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be available as an option to the standard six-speed manual gearbox on the 2013 Subaru Outback 2...


2013 Subaru Outback update brings price cuts up to $4000
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2013 Subaru Outback update brings price cuts up to $4000

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...


Subaru Outback Review: Long-term report 2
Rating: 810 /10
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Subaru Outback Review: Long-term report 2

We’ve now spent more than two months with the Subaru Outback wagon and have found it a reliable, refined and overall smooth family car well suited to our needs. We have been impressed by the Outback’s quite cabin and sturdy build quality. It has also surprised us by just how much it can carry for a car that is easy to park and navigate around town...

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$44,490

Subaru Outback Review: Long-term report
Rating: 710 /10
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Subaru Outback Review: Long-term report

The Subaru Outback is an ideal family car if you need a rugged but civilised city-friendly SUV with bulletproof reliability and the benefit of full-time all-wheel drive. Having given back our Hyundai i40 wagon long termer, we needed something else that could cater to our needs. Something with adequate space for a baby seat and pram plus all the things that come with having a one year old...

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$44,490

Subaru Outback: automatic option for diesel SUV
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Subaru Outback: automatic option for diesel SUV

The 2013 Subaru Outback will become the first diesel-powered model in Subaru Australia's history to come with the option of an automatic transmission. Subaru has confirmed the upcoming Outback 2.0 Diesel will be offered with the Japanese brand's Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), heeding calls from customers for a self-shifting gearbox, particularly in rural and regional areas...


2012 Subaru Forester 2.0D, Outback 2.0D more fuel efficient
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2012 Subaru Forester 2.0D, Outback 2.0D more fuel efficient

Subaru Australia has upgraded its two diesel models for 2012, with the Forester 2.0D and Outback 2.0D now offering improved fuel economy and smoother gearshifts. The Forester and Outback diesels are equipped with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission – a combination that is now 6.2 per cent more fuel efficient than before...


2012 Subaru Outback upgraded, Forester X limited edition on sale
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2012 Subaru Outback upgraded, Forester X limited edition on sale

The 2012 Subaru Outback gets a mild equipment upgrade for the New Year while retaining its old price. Mirroring the 2012 Model Year upgrade to the Liberty, satellite navigation, a reversing camera, USB connectivity, and a full-size alloy spare wheel are now standard across the range. The upgrades add around $2500 extra value to the entry-level Outback 2...


Hackers unlock, start Subaru Outback engine using SMS
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Hackers unlock, start Subaru Outback engine using SMS

Two professional hackers have used text messages to unlock the doors and start the engine of a brand new Subaru Outback.   The researchers from iSec Partners in the US used an Android phone and a technique they call ‘war texting’ to penetrate the car’s security system during a demonstration at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas...


Subaru XV Impreza-based Outback patent images revealed
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Subaru XV Impreza-based Outback patent images revealed

Subaru has already unveiled a concept version of the Subaru XV, first at the 2011 Auto Shanghai show and then earlier this month at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show. Patent images have now be found outlining the look of the production version. These patent images, first published by China Car Times, resemble the Subaru XV Concept quite accurately, offering that same rugged two-tone look...


2011 Subaru Outback Touring special edition
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2011 Subaru Outback Touring special edition

Subaru has just announced a new special edition Outback offering a number of additional accessories and options free of charge. It's called the Subaru Outback Touring. The Subaru Outback is already a great car, providing plenty of features, renowned Subaru reliability and a capable all-wheel drive system matched with a comfortable ride height...


Subaru Eyesight for Liberty and Outback later this year
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Subaru Eyesight for Liberty and Outback later this year

Subaru is set to equip Liberty and Outback models with its succesful EyeSight technology in the later part of this year. The idea is simple, equip vehicles with an eye that can detect potential collisions and help drivers in preventing accidents. Subaru EyeSight system will see tiny road-facing cameras placed on each side of the rear-view mirror...


Subaru Outback Video Review
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Subaru Outback Video Review

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2011 Subaru Liberty, Outback available with Bluetooth across both ranges
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2011 Subaru Liberty, Outback available with Bluetooth across both ranges

The 2011 Subaru Liberty and Outback are now available with Bluetooth wireless technology across both model ranges. Previously available on selected Libertys and Outbacks, the entry-level Liberty 2.5i and Outback 2.5i are now in line with the rest of the range with the addition of Bluetooth compatibility...


2010 Subaru Liberty and Subaru Outback six-speed manual recall
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2010 Subaru Liberty and Subaru Outback six-speed manual recall

Subaru has issued a recall for all 2010 model year Subaru Liberty and Outbacks fitted with the six-speed manual transmission. The recall issued on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, government website, says the problem is in the transmission. The report says it's not supplying itself with adequate lubricant...


Subaru Australia recalls MY10 Outback and Liberty models
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Subaru Australia recalls MY10 Outback and Liberty models

Subaru Australia has today announced a recall of 8827 of its 2010 Model Year Subaru Outback and Liberty vehicles because of a potential wiring fault within the steering roll connector. Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, advised Subaru Australia that broken wiring may affect the operation of the steering wheel mounted cruise or audio controls, the horn, gearshift paddles (if equipped) and possibly illuminate the airbag warning light...


2010 Subaru Outback & Liberty (CVT) recalled
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2010 Subaru Outback & Liberty (CVT) recalled

Subaru has recalled tens of thousands of MY10 (2010) Subaru Outback and Liberty models fitted with its continuously variable transmission (CVT) across the world. Subaru Australia issued the recall yesterday that affects 2,288 vehicles already sold. According to the manufacturer the CVT in certain cars may experience an oil leak from a faulty oil cooler hose...


Subaru Outback Diesel Review & Road Test
Rating: 710 /10
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Subaru Outback Diesel Review & Road Test

Easily managing 1,100kms from a single tank, this is the Outback you've been waiting for. Model Tested: 2010 Subaru Outback Diesel Premium Sat-Nav; 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel; six-speed manual; wagon - $47,392* CarAdvice Rating: Words by Matt Brogan Photos by Brendan Nish If the idea of a family wagon with enough room for the kids, the dog and all your gear has long been on the wish list, but soaring fuel prices have held you back, then this is the Outback you've been waiting for...

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$38,490

Subaru Outback Review & Road Test
Rating: 810 /10
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Subaru Outback Review & Road Test

The Outback, but not as you know it. Model Tested: 2009 Subaru Outback Premium; 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, petrol; six-speed CVT; wagon - $46,490* Options: None fitted. CarAdvice Rating: If we were playing that word association game, the words outback and comfort are hardly a winning combination - unless of course you’re talking about the Subaru Outback...

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$38,490

Subaru Outback Diesel Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Subaru Outback Diesel Review

The car that a lot of Subaru fans have been waiting for has finally arrived in Australia, the Outback Diesel represents the first diesel car Subaru has offered in Australia and marks a new era for the Japanese brand as it sets it sights higher for 2010. Having already driven the new Subaru Outback a few months ago, you might remember that I mentioned the wait for the diesel will be well and truly worth it, and it was...

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$38,490

2010 Subaru Outback Diesel
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2010 Subaru Outback Diesel

Update: Subaru Outback Diesel Review. Subaru’s first diesel-powered vehicle is on sale today: the turbocharged Outback 2.0D . Mated to Subaru's renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, Outback 2.0D offers outstanding fuel economy and low emissions, already meeting strict EURO 5 standards...