By David Thomas on June 4, 2014
The redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback goes on sale later this summer and features a number of improvements over the current generation. One thing Subaru didn't decide to improve on was the manual transmission, which is no longer standard. Only a continuously variable automatic transmission will be offered.
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That impacts the Outback's starting price tremendously as the 2015 starts at $25,745 and the 2014 starts at $24,320. However, a 2014 with a CVT is $1,000 more, making the comparable 2015 2.5i base model just a $425 increase over the previous generation. Opt for the 2.5i Premium and that price difference is just $225.
Both higher trim levels, the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited, see steeper price hikes of $925. All pricing includes destination charges, which also increased $25 to $850 for 2015.
The 2.5i base model comes with a few extra features standard. In terms of capability, Subaru's X-Mode system, hill descent control and hill start assist are now standard. Inside, the biggest addition is a new multimedia system with a 6.2-inch touch-screen, HD radio, Pandora integration, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB and iPod integration. It has just four speakers standard, though.
When you move up to the 2.5i Premium, there are considerably more features including the All-Weather Package with heated front seats standard, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver's seat and an upgraded multimedia system with a 7-inch touch-screen, dual USB ports and six speakers.
There are a host of option packages, as well. We list them and full pricing below.
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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David