The all-new Subaru Outback has launched in the US, see what critics are saying with our roundup of reviews of the 2015 model.
“No question the 2015 Subaru Outback crossover utility (CUV) is the best Outback yet, and a very serious contender in the highly-competitive mid-size CUV class. Boasting the roomiest interior, the most capable chassis and the best fuel efficiency in the model's 20-year history, it truly deserves big popularity.” Read more.
“Subaru, it seems, is serious about staking a claim for future market share. They’ve not only caught up in terms of interior and infotainment, they’ve come up with one of the best out there, especially in the base trim. This interior is as pleasant and welcoming as any, and the car shows sensational out-of-the-box versatility. Weekend warriors? Your chariot awaits.” Read more.
“Three of my vehicle's tyres are off the ground as I ascend a steep incline. I lurch forward and jam the wheel to the right as the tyres grip the rocks, and up I launch to crest the hill. Now the windshield view is all dirt, and back down I go. I'm in Newfoundland testing Subaru's all-new 2015 Outback, and I had no idea it could eat terrain like this. The vehicle's 220mm ground clearance helps, as does the X-mode, which is a braking system that allows you to remove your feet from the brake pedal, putting the system in charge. It works at speeds up to 40 km/h, and it's what kicks me safely up and down the steeply-pitched ATV paths, and what will help you easily traverse your cottage road. Then I'm back on the highway, and this crossover tucks away its hidden off-road talent and becomes a refined ride. Steering and handling are precise, sight lines are clear, and there's a sedan feel behind the wheel of this fifth generation Outback model.” Read more.
“For 2015, the Outback improves in all the right areas without sacrificing a smidgen of what makes it such a hit with anyone who likes being outside. If you currently own an Outback, it’s worth planning a visit to the Subie store to trade up. If you don’t, there’s never been a better time to try one on for size.” Read more.
“Off road, most CUVs in this genre aren't particularly capable, but the Outback really excels. Subaru's X-Mode system, first seen on the Forester, helped us trudge through some really nasty bits of trail – terrain we wouldn't have thought an Outback could handle. This Subaru was downright impressive as we traversed steep hills, deep ruts, sizable rocks and muddy streams, and its aforementioned 8.7 inches of ground clearance – identical to a Jeep Grand Cherokee in its default setting – was a real confidence builder. The best part is, with the Outback it's all one-touch: press one button and X-Mode alters the engine output and controls the CVT ratio positioning, while remapping the AWD logic and traction control. Other aids like hill start assist and descent control were quite helpful when the going got tough, as well.” Read more.
"This new fifth-generation 2015 Subaru Outback is about the same size as the previous model, and offers the same engines, but is reengineered in multiple ways to make it even more capable and comfortable, on and off road." Read more.
"The 2015 Outback has come a long way, and it's far more refined. If you have an active, outdoorsy household but don't want to cripple your commute, compromise comfort, or go with something too pricey or fuel-thirsty, the Outback remains one of the best ways for families to gear up." Read more.
"Subaru’s new Outback is a more refined version of its predecessor. The updated interior is a step in the right direction and the exterior sheds some of its plastic for a more premium look." Read more.
"This new fifth generation of the Outback impresses with not just an abundance of utility, but a newfound level of class within the spacious cabin. It's a cold-weather climate favorite with virtually no true competition at its price point. And, unlike crossover SUVs, the Outback drives exactly like what it is: a station wagon." Read more.
"The new Subaru Outback does everything a little better, a little more comfortably and a little more efficiently. If you are looking for do-it-all transportation that's reasonably economical to operate the 2015 Outback is absolutely worth a look." Read more.
"2015 Subaru Outback is an intriguing mix of function and technology that's going to make Subaru customers a whole lot happier." Read more.