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MSRP: $24,895 - $32,995
Invoice: $23,407 - $30,860
MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy
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Subaru Outback Interior

Critics report that the redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback’s interior is well-built and has top-notch materials, including padded trim on the window sills, dashboard and armrests. Some automotive writers go on to say that the Outback’s interior materials are luxury-grade, while others praise the Outback’s spacious rear seats, class-leading cargo space and intuitive standard touch-screen infotainment system.

  • "As with the Legacy, the Outback's cabin punches up a class, featuring the kind of high-quality materials typically reserved for luxury vehicles. Even small details like the Outback's HVAC knobs have a distinct air of quality to them. Wood accents are fake, but Subaru has access to the best plastic tree farm on earth." -- Left Lane News
  • "Where the 2015 Subaru Outback makes some of its biggest strides forward is inside. The available faux wood trim looks great, as does the dark, textured trim on the center console." -- Motor Trend
  • "Subaru upped the interior refinement ante with more soft-touch materials, most noticeably the entire dash and the window sills. Trim pieces have been improved, too, with a textured fake aluminum on lower models and surprisingly convincing fake wood on higher versions." -- Edmunds
  • "The seams are perfect and the finish is richer than ever, with comfortably plush fabric even on the cheap seats." -- AutoWeek

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Seating

The 2015 Subaru Outback seats five. The 2.5i Premium model has heated front seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models add leather upholstery, a four-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat and heated rear seats. Test drivers write that the redesigned Outback has comfortable front seats, and they say that its reclining rear seat has plenty of legroom and ample headroom for people taller than 6 feet. Some think the Outback feels as roomy inside as SUVs like the Toyota Highlander and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Skinny roof pillars and a standard rearview camera give the Outback great all-around visibility, according to some critics, and several automotive reviewers praise the Outback’s exceptionally soft armrests.

  • "Interior comfort is an Outback strong suit, with well contoured front seats providing all-day driving comfort. The rear bench of the Outback is especially spacious, offering 2.7-inches more legroom than the outgoing model and enough head room for those well over six-feet tall." -- Left Lane News
  • "The seats are comfortable in all positions, especially the roomy, reclining rear seat (thanks to the Outback's tall roof)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Outback's cabin feels as spacious as something ostensibly larger, like a Highlander or Grand Cherokee." -- AutoWeek
  • "Although the Outback is more of a station wagon than it is a tall and airy SUV, slim pillars give it superb outward visibility. The rear/side triangle-ish windows help greatly with lane changes, and a back-up camera with parking lines comes standard on all trim levels." -- Edmunds
  • "Oh, and maybe you've heard: The Outback and Legacy have some of the squishiest armrests around." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i include a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, a USB/iPod input, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a four-speaker audio system and HD Radio. The 2.5i Premium model adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio and an upgraded 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that has voice command recognition and responds to multi-touch gestures like scrolling and swiping. The 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models have blind spot monitoring and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Options include a moonroof, navigation, proximity key, push-button start and Subaru’s camera-based EyeSight system, which offers automatic pre-collision braking at speeds less than 30 mph, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

Reviewers indicate that the redesigned 2015 Outback’s infotainment system has a user-friendly interface and a wide range of functions. However, a few critics note that the touch screen is mounted too low and reflects light, which sometimes makes it tough to read. Automotive writers agree that the available Harman Kardon audio system sounds phenomenal. They also tested the EyeSight system, and report that it stops the car from 30 mph with no driver input, just as advertised.

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  • "As noted in our Legacy review, Subaru's new infotainment system scores high marks for ease-of-use and functionality, but it's shiny screen can make it difficult to read in certain lighting situations." -- Left Lane News
  • "Finally, Subaru has designed a system that works well, is very intuitive, and looks fresh and modern. This was always a sour point with the outgoing car, but it's not a problem, here. Other bits of praise go to the optional Harman/Kardon audio system, which sounds lovely, and Subaru's third-generation EyeSight collision mitigation system. We even had the chance to sample the latter (in a controlled environment, natch), and it had no problem bringing our car to a halt from 30 miles per hour with absolutely no driver interaction." -- Autoblog
  • "Infotainment options include 6.2-inch and 7.0-inch touchscreen systems that work well, but could be mounted a bit higher in the center stack." -- Motor Trend
  • "Audiophiles will want to check out the new Harman Kardon 12-speaker system. It uses GreenEdge speakers and an amplifier that delivers the equivalent of 576 watts. It sounds great with deep, defined bass and clearly separated highs and mids." -- AutoTrader

Cargo

The 2015 Subaru Outback has more cargo space than most competitors, and reviewers say the space is quite useful. It offers 35.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats and 73.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A split-folding (60/40) rear seat is standard and a power liftgate is available.

  • "Where the Outback offers added functionality is, of course, at the rear, where the wagon configuration is good for a whopping 73.3 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded flat - two more cubes than its predecessor." -- Autoblog
  • "Cargo capacity is also a major Outback strong suite - 35.3 cubic feet of stowage space are available behind the rear seats, expanding to a capacious 73.3 cubes with the rear seats folded flat." -- Left Lane News
  • "Rear-seat space is excellent, and there are 73.3 cubic feet of cargo area (with the seats folded), so don't bother deflating your river raft." -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 7/25/14

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