Since it first came off the lines as the Subaru Outback, in 1996, this small-size SUV has continued to impress consumers with its fuel efficiency, capable off-road handling and incredibly durable overall structure. It’s true that Subarus tend to run forever, with minimal complications. The 2013 Subaru Outback is exactly the same. The Outback should be within the price range of many consumers, starting at just $23,495 and with a maximum of $32,095.
While the Subaru Outback does not initially appear to be a rugged, off-road machine, the 8.7 inches of ground clearance, innovative four-wheel independent raised suspension and capable All-Wheel Drive technology allows the Outback to go practically anywhere – on the pavement or otherwise. Not only that, the standard roof rack has been designed to allow up to 100 pounds of luggage stored on top. Throw a couple kayaks, mountain bikes or anything else up on the roof rack and free up some cargo space on the inside. For added fuel efficiency and a quieter ride, the roof racks will fold flush into the ceiling, when not in use. The side mirrors have been heated to provide added safety during wintry conditions. All-too-often during icy conditions the mirrors freeze over, which greatly impairs visibility and thus, safety.
Inside the cabin consumers aren’t going to be overwhelmed by luxury, as they might in a Mercedes-Benz or Lexus. What they will find is everything they need for travels, close as well as far. The Bluetooth system allows the driver to easily communicate with callers, via a hands-free system. Sirius XM satellite radio is available to consumers on Premium and Limited models of the Outback. The navigation system provides directions to the driver via audio and visual directions, on a screen located in the center of the dash. A rearview parking assist camera allows the driver to better see objects behind them, while Subaru EyeSight detects objects and other vehicles around the Outback and alerts the driver if they are too close. The Outback is also one of the few vehicles on the road today with reclining rear seats. It also provides exceptional head and legroom to all occupants. Yes, even the furry friends who will have ample space in either the back seat or behind the rear seats.
There are a couple engine options that are available on the Outback, however one is standard on all, while the other is available on Premium and Limited models. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter Dual Overhead Camshaft, 16-valve, 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine, that has Dual Active Valve Control System. This package provides a near-perfect balance between fuel efficiency and off-road capabilities. On the highway the Outback is able to obtain 30 MPG, while it can get 24 around town. For those consumers who require a bit more power, the second available engine package is a 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with 256 ponies under the hood and the ability to obtain 30 MPG highway and 24 around town. All-in-all the Subaru Outback hasvery few complaints. The only consistent complaint from test drivers is the lack of a third engine package. Other than that the Outback holds up to the standard that has been set by Subaru. This is a capable and affordable SUV that will suit a variety of needs.