2013 Subaru Outback


#3 out of 9 in 2013 Wagons

$12,172 - $16,207

2013 Subaru Outback Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Subaru Outback was new.


Interior: 8.6

For 2013, Subaru upgraded the cabin of the Outback with better materials. Now, reviewers say that in addition to having one of the most practical and comfortable interiors in the class, the 2013 Subaru Outback also has one of the nicest.

  • "Subaru has replaced the less-than-luxurious interior materials with new seat fabric as well as wood-grain trim to provide a classier-looking interior." -- Car Gurus
  • "Inside the cabin, the Outback offers an attractive and spacious interior, with plenty of head- and legroom, even in the backseat. A generous cargo hold and clever roof rack with fold-out crossbars and numerous dealer-installed attachments make the Outback a practical alternative to larger crossovers. Few vehicles match the Outback when it comes to carrying around the large leisure items that come along with an active, outdoor lifestyle." -- Edmunds
  • "The roomy, versatile 2013 Subaru Outback cabin is stylishly functional." -- Kelley Blue Book


Almost every reviewer loves how comfortable and roomy the back seat in the 2013 Subaru Outback is, with most agreeing that the Outback can comfortably handle five adults. That’s not only a rare thing for a wagon, but also for an SUV. In addition to having lots of legroom, the back seat in the 2013 Outback also reclines. The front seats also get good reviews for comfort and space.

  • "During our test drive, we comfortably fit three 6-foot adults in the back seat without their knees touching the front seatbacks. Wide front seats and a reclining rear seat further improve comfort, while the upscale Limited and Premium trims offer power driver's-side lumbar support and leather seating." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With its redesign a few years ago, the Subaru Outback traded a smaller footprint and snappy handling for size. Enthusiast drivers lamented the Outback's growth, but it meant more room inside, especially for rear seat passengers who now enjoy excellent headroom and legroom. The seatbacks also recline for greater comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "Outback's rear seat is a highlight. Outbacks have excellent headroom and good legroom for adults, even behind a front seat set for a 6-footer." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Unless you belong in the WWE or you're an NBA draft prospect from China, sit in the back of the Outback and your legs will not touch the front seats." -- Autoblog (2010)

Interior Features

The base 2.5i 2013 Subaru Outback has standard Bluetooth phone connectivity and wireless music streaming through the standard four-speaker stereo. It also features a USB port and iPod connectivity, and steering wheel phone and stereo controls. Trading up to the Limited model adds an optional 7-inch touch-screen navigation system with a four-month free trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. Limited models also have voice controls for stereo, phone and navigation, a rearview camera and a Harman Kardon premium stereo.

For the most part, reviewers say they’re pleased with the interior features on the 2013 Outback, with a few remarking that they’re pleased an affordable brand like Subaru offers upmarket features like the optional EyeSight system. EyeSight uses cameras mounted on the windshield to track the Outback’s movements. If it detects that the Outback is veering out of its lane, it warns the driver. Similarly, if it detects a possible collision at low speeds, it will apply the brakes. One reviewer recommends skipping the base stereo on the 2.5i models in favor of the premium Harman Kardon system.

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  • "For 2013, the Subaru Outback also offers the optional EyeSight system, which uses two windshield-mounted cameras to adjust the adaptive cruise control, alert the driver if the car wanders out of its lane and apply braking to avoid or minimize a collision. This is safety technology we're accustomed to seeing from premium automakers, and its presence among more mainstream brands is encouraging." -- Edmunds
  • "Controls are clearly marked and easy to use on models without the navigation system. Outback test cars equipped with navigation absorb some audio functions, complicating their use. Some testers dislike the pushbutton climate controls, others aren't bothered by them." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


With 34.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use and 71.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, reviewers think the 2013 Subaru Outback has excellent cargo space for a wagon. That’s also more cargo space than some SUVs.

  • "The Outback is actually even more spacious than midsize crossovers like the Ford Edge. For anything that doesn't fit inside, the Outback features clever roof rails that swing inward when needed to become crossbars for attaching bikes, snowboards, etc. Loading them up there is made easier by the Outback's shorter overall height." -- Edmunds
  • "Those rear seats, by the way, are one-touch fold-down with a 60/40 split, and also recline. The hauling space behind them can be covered with a retractable tonneau, and when you don't want to mess with the cove you can hide it in the subfloor, accessed by lifting the up the rubber mat and carpet." -- Autoblog (2010)

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