The base 2015 Outback 2.5i features all-wheel drive, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). There are three four-cylinder trims, and the top 3.6R Limited trim is the only trim that comes with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and CVT. The Outback 3.6R Limited starts at $33,845.
Although the 2015 model is more expensive than the 2014 model, a six-speed manual transmission, which was previously standard on the Outback, is no longer offered. When you factor in the added $1,000 cost of the CVT to the 2014 model, the price increase of the 2015 Outback with the same transmission is $425.
The 2015 Outback comes standard with an infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, a rearview camera, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port and smartphone integration with Aha infotainment, Pandora Internet radio and iHeart Radio. Optional features include Subaru's EyeSight system (which features adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic braking), blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, a power liftgate, navigation, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system.
The 2015 Subaru Outback was unveiled at this year's New York International Auto Show. Compared with the 2014 model, the 2015 Outback is slightly larger and has more interior space for both passengers and cargo. The redesigned Outback is also more fuel-efficient. According to the EPA, the 2015 Outback will earn up to 25/33 mpg city/highway, compared with 24/30 mpg for the outgoing 2014 model.
Subaru says the 2015 Outback will go on sale this summer.