• Handles like a car
  • Hauls like an SUV
  • Slightly behind the tech curve
  • Flat-six engine is thirsty
SUM UP A Legacy wagon.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Outback in 2013

The Outback receives the same upgrades as the Legacy sedan does for 2013. The biggest changes are a slightly more powerful and efficient 2.5-liter flat-four engine and a revised CVT. Safety-conscious shoppers will want to add the EyeSight system that includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and precollision braking...more

Overview

The Subaru Outback is a great alternative to a sport-utility vehicle. Offering much better ride and handling than an average SUV plus standard all-wheel drive—usually an expensive option on utility vehicles—the Outback will do most of what a crossover can do on a lot less gas. The continuously variable transmission is maintenance-free for the life of the vehicle and uses a chain for greater durability instead of the industry-standard Kevlar belt. We recommend the 3.6-liter engine, because the Outback is a little on the heavy side and merging into traffic with the four-cylinder can be tense as the vehicle takes its time getting up to speed. Subaru is known for its safety features. Stability and traction control are standard across the Outback line. A backup camera is included with the power moonroof option group and displays the image in the rearview mirror, so the camera is available even if you decide to forgo the navigation system. If you do opt for the navigation package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is one of the benefits. A revised four-cylinder engine and CVT allow the Outback to return up to 30 mpg. As the Outback matures, it should appeal to many more potential buyers.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. A rearview camera is optional, as well as EyeSight, which includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and precollision braking.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru Outback

  • Ford Escape
  • GMC Terrain
  • Kia Sorento
  • Toyota Highlander

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2013 Outback Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Roof Rail

Interior

  • Air Filtration System
  • Cargo Cover

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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