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2013 Subaru Outback Overview (See Available Styles)

The 2013 Subaru Outback gets a refreshed design for the model year and sports a new boxer engine. This midsize crossover utility vehicle competes with the Toyota Venza, Volvo XC60, and Honda Crosstour.

A 173-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the base Outback model, with an available 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine for premium trims. The Subaru boxer engine employs a horizontal design, which places the engine in-line with the drive train to maximize power and fuel efficiency. A six-speed manual transmission is offered standard, while a CVT or five-speed adaptive electronic automatic transmission are optional. Paddle shifters are available on the base/mid trims and standard on premium trim levels. The Outback is of course, like all Subaru models save the BRZ, all-wheel drive.

The four-cylinder Outback delivers a fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the six-cylinder outback pulls in ratings of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

The Outback includes cloth upholstery with available leather upholstery and ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Reclining rear seats come standard and the rear seatback folds flat with a 65/35-split configuration. Heated front seats are included with the All-Weather Package. The interior is trimmed with silver metallic accents, and wood-grain patterned accent trim is available. Air conditioning is standard and dual-zone climate control is available. The base audio system includes a USB port and iPod control, Bluetooth audio streaming, and hands-free phone connectivity. Premium audio systems are available, including a Harman Kardon premium audio system with HD and XM satellite radio systems. Other tech options include voice-activated GPS navigation with a seven-inch touch screen and a Power Moonroof Package with a power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof, auto-diming rearview mirror, and rear-vision camera.

The Outback features rugged styling with standard roof rails and integrated retractable cross bars. Headlights include auto-on/off capability, and foglights are standard on all but the base model. An All-Weather Package includes a windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors. Exterior styling accents include black folding side mirrors and body-color door handles. Body-color folding side mirrors and a front underguard are available. Standard wheels feature sixteen-inch steel covers, and seventeen-inch, six-spoke aluminum alloy wheels are available.

Standard safety features include dual stage front, side-curtain, and front seat side pelvis/torso airbags, antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control. A collapsible steering column and rollover sensor are included, and a rear vision camera and driver assistance system, with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning functions, are available.

Subaru has a reputation for excellent all-weather vehicles, and the 2013 Outback is no exception. For drivers looking for a durable crossover vehicle that performs in all climates, but is still stylish enough for a night on the town, the Outback is the pack leader.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 18 - 24 MPG
  • Highway: 25 - 30 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

92 of 103 (89%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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