In its 2015 redesign, beloved family hauler the Subaru Outback continues to smartly straddle the line between a practical wagon and a rugged SUV, while getting subtle updates to its exterior styling, interior upgrades and improved fuel economy. Families will appreciate the new Outback’s roomier cabin, cushier feel and an improved center storage bin that can hold larger items like an iPad. We last car-seat checked the Outback in 2012; that model proved as delightfully utilitarian as the vehicle’s reputation. Can the 2015 live up to that easy-to-use, easier-to-love rep?
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The five-seat wagon has two sets of Latch anchors located under flaps that are Velcroed in place. Also, while the seats do not recline, the head restraints are removable.
- Our rear-facing infant seat installed easily with no need to move the front passenger seat forward.
- The forward-facing convertible seat also installed with ease, and the tether anchors were simple to use.
- Thanks in part to stable bases on the seat belt buckles, installing our booster seat also went well.
What We Don’t
- Latch anchors sit rather deep in the seat bight, and the seat belt buckle blocked access a bit when installing the rear-facing convertible seat.
- An odd setup that has the seat-belt buckles sort of stacked on top of one another could make it difficult for children to get the buckle in the right spot.