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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2014 Subaru Outback Review

The Subaru Outback has a smooth ride, roomy interior, advanced safety features, and a capable all-wheel drive system. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable ride
  • Roomy interior
  • Large cargo area

 

 

  • Sluggish touch screen

 

2014 Subaru Outback Overview

Is the 2014 Subaru Outback a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Subaru Outback is a very good used wagon. The Outback has ample passenger and cargo space, above-average reliability, superb available collision-avoidance features, and its used prices are reasonable. We named the Outback the 2014 Best Wagon for Families.

The 2014 Outback has a standard 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A 256-horsepower six-cylinder is available. All-wheel drive is standard. A six-speed manual transmission and CVT automatic are available with the four-cylinder engine. The six-cylinder has a five-speed automatic. The four-cylinder engine has adequate acceleration and gets 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is very good for the class. The six-cylinder feels zippier but only returns 18 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. The Outback rides smoothly on road, offers good all-weather traction, and can even handle light off-roading. It can tow 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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The Subaru Outback seats five. It has a quiet interior with comfortable front seats and generous head- and legroom in both rows. The rear seats recline and fold flat to bump up cargo space from 34.3 to 71.3 cubic feet. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row. Visibility is good in all directions.

The Outback’s dashboard has plain styling and many hard plastics. Base models have a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, and four speakers with subpar audio quality. Upper trims have a 4.3-inch LCD screen and higher-quality speakers. A rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen with satellite navigation are available. The touch screen responds slowly to user inputs, making it difficult to use at times.

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Used 2014 Subaru Outback Prices

Prices for the 2014 Outback range from about $17,000 for the base trim to around $24,000 for the 3.6R Limited model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Subaru Outback?

The 2014 Subaru Outback earned an above-average reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

How Safe Is the Outback?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Outback a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ and awarded it a score of Good, the highest rating possible, in four out of five tests. The Outback received a score of Acceptable in the fifth test: the small overlap front crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Outback a perfect five-star rating for its overall, front, and side impact performance, as well as a four-star rating in rollover crash testing.

Subaru’s EyeSight package is available in 2014 Outback Premium and Limited trims. EyeSight includes lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Outback?

The Outback’s fourth generation runs from 2010 to 2014. These model years offer similar features, so you can save some money by buying an earlier model.

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Which Used Subaru Outback Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Outback wagon comes in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. The base 2.5i trim has a CD player, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and roof rails with crossbars. The 2.5i Premium adds heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a 4.3-inch LCD screen. The 2.5i Limited adds leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control. The 3.6R Limited adds a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine. Some Premium and Limited models include a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch screen with navigation, and Subaru’s EyeSight safety system. For the best value, look for a used Outback 2.5i Premium model equipped with EyeSight.

Consider buying a certified pre-owned Outback from a Subaru dealer. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We researched 38 data points to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Subaru Outback and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru Outback or 2014 Subaru Forester?

The 2014 compact Subaru Forester and Outback wagon are great family-friendly vehicles. Each offers all-wheel drive, good fuel economy, EyeSight safety features, and just over 70 cubic feet of cargo space. These two models share similar negatives as well, including clumsy touch screens. You’re apt to find a used Forester at a lower price, but the Outback is the better buy due to its higher reliability rating. The Outback also offers a much higher towing capacity.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru Outback or 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek?

The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a fine compact SUV, but you’ll find few reasons to buy one over a used Outback. The Outback offers better reliability, a much higher towing capacity, about 20 cubic feet more cargo space, and Subaru’s EyeSight safety package. The Crosstrek offers no active safety features. Even so, the average price of a used Crosstrek is only slightly lower than that of the Outback. You’ll get a better car and better value with the Outback.

Which Is Better: 2014 Subaru Outback or 2014 Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular used vehicles for a reason: it’s an excellent value. The CR-V can match the Outback’s roomy cabin and vast cargo space, and it has a higher reliability score. Used CR-V models often cost less than used Outbacks. However, the Outback beats the CR-V in towing capacity, engine performance, and active safety features (the CR-V has none). Both are good buys, but the CR-V’s superior reliability makes it a sweeter deal.

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