The 2014 version of Subaru's popular wagon, the all-wheel-drive Outback, continues virtually unchanged for the new model year, with a few convenience, tech and cosmetic additions. Returning from 2013 are four trim levels: the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited; the regular 3.6R did not carry over. The lower two trims come with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable automatic transmission. The CVT is standard on the 2.5i Limited; the 3.6R Limited comes with a five-speed automatic.
Adaptive cruise control now comes standard on all CVT-equipped models. Meanwhile, Subaru's EyeSight driver-assistance system that integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning is available on the 2.5i Premium model and comes standard on models equipped with the Special Appearance Package; the system previously was only available on Limited trims. Also, a backup camera is now included in the Power Moonroof Package on Premium and Limited models, and multimedia smartphone integration comes with the optional navigation system.
Other updates for 2014 include a new Alloy Wheel Package for the 2.5i model, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, 225/60 R17 all-season tires and fog lights. In addition, an electroluminescent instrument cluster with a center-mounted color LCD display is now optional on the 2.5i Premium model with the EyeSight system. Same as the previous year, the Outback's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 173 horsepower and 174 pounds-feet of torque, with fuel economy estimated at 24/30 mpg city/highway on the 2.5i Limited. The 3.6R Limited comes with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder that makes 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque, with fuel economy estimated at 18/25 mpg.
Pricing remains the same as 2013, though the destination charge has increased by $30 to $825. The 2014 Outback starts at $24,320, including destination, and is on sale now.Related