Subaru Outback Interior
Reviewers say that the 2014 Subaru Outback has a comfortable, nice-looking interior with plenty of room for five people and their cargo. The navigation system can be difficult to use, according to a few critics.
- "The cabin continues to feature a bland but well-organized dashboard along with ample rear seat space." -- Left Lane News
- "The roomy, versatile Outback cabin is stylishly functional and remarkably roomy." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Inside the cabin, the Outback offers an attractive and spacious interior, with plenty of head- and legroom, even in the backseat." -- Edmunds (2013)
The base 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i comes standard with cloth upholstery, the 2.5i Premium adds heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat and the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models get leather-trimmed upholstery and a power-adjustable passenger’s seat. Reviewers agree that the Outback has very comfortable and spacious front seats. The Outback’s rear seats receive even greater praise, with test drivers remarking that they have superb head- and legroom and a helpful reclining feature. One reviewer says that three 6-foot adults fit comfortably into the rear seat.
- "Of particular note is the rear seat - we were able to fit three 6-foot adults in the rear seat, everybody was comfortable and none had knees touching the backs of the front seats. Equally comfortable are the wide front seats, which clearly are configured for adults, a reclining rear seat further improves 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 its traditionally smaller footprint for more family-friendly dimensions. That extra room is immediately evident when you get inside, where even rear seat passengers now enjoy excellent headroom and legroom. The rear 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)
The base 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i has standard Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary input and a four-speaker stereo. The 2.5i Premium model adds features like a six-speaker stereo. The 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models have dual-zone automatic climate control and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with satellite and HD Radio. A power moonroof, a backup camera and navigation are optional on the 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trims, as is Subaru’s EyeSight system, which uses two cameras located near the rearview mirror on the windshield to “see” obstacles and potential hazards. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, low-speed pre-collision braking and lane departure warning.
A few critics say the 2014 Outback has a complicated touch-screen navigation system, although one likes that the audio controls are kept separate. The Outback also draws criticism for its standard four-speaker stereo, as some reviewers note poor sound quality.
- "Most buyers will find it worth the leap to the 2.5i Premium trim level, as the base 2.5i model's standard four-speaker stereo sounds tinny and flat. The touchscreen interface in navigation-equipped Outbacks can be frustrating at times, as the menus are complicated and the on-screen buttons are not always responsive to touch." -- Edmunds
- "The available navigation system doesn't absorb most of the audio system controls, which is a plus. But the graphics on the navigation screen itself are a bit busy which can make it tricky to read the map at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The Subaru Outback has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 71.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which is good for the class and better than what many compact SUVs have. The Outback comes with roof rails, and some reviewers note that they’re easier to use than those found on taller crossovers.
- "For anything that doesn't fit inside, the Outback features built-in roof rack cross rails that swing inward when needed to attach bikes, snowboards and kayaks. Loading up recreational gear is also made easier by the Outback's reasonable overall height, as it's shorter than most other crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds
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