2013 Subaru Outback

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

189.0” x 66.1”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Spacious second row
  • Cargo room
  • Affordable price

The bad:

  • Some inconsistent cabin materials

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Updated styling
  • New four-cylinder drivetrain
  • Standard AWD
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Revised suspension for flatter cornering

2013 Subaru Outback review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Subaru Outback wagon sports a new four-cylinder drivetrain, a revised suspension and tweaked styling. Related to the Legacy sedan, the five-seat Outback competes with midsize wagons like the Toyota Venza and Honda Crosstour. A new, optional EyeSight system includes a number of advanced safety features.

The four-cylinder Outback will come in 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited models. A six-cylinder model comes in 3.6R and 3.6R Premium trims.

Exterior styling updates like new headlights, grille, front bumper and fog lights combine to give the new Outback a more rugged look. The Outback’s rear crossbars now have two mounting points 9.8 inches apart, allowing them to accommodate bikes or longer canoes better than last year’s narrower mounting points. The Outback has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a figure more common among SUVs.

Upgraded seat fabric and new faux-wood trim distinguish the cabin for 2013. Limited models add backseat air vents, keyless access with push-button start and new electroluminescent gauges flanking a 3.5-inch color display. All trims gain standard Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming. Options include a navigation system, power front seats, Harman Kardon audio and heated leather upholstery.

Fold the rear seats down, and the Outback’s 71.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo room beats the 2012 Crosstour, Venza and Nissan Murano.

Under the Hood
A revised four-cylinder powertrain increases torque and horsepower slightly from the 2012 model. The new 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder puts out 173 horsepower and 174 pounds-feet of torque, compared to 170 hp and 170 pounds-feet with the old engine.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a new version of Subaru’s continuously variable automatic transmission. The latter features a six-speed manual mode with steering-wheel paddle shifters. CVT-equipped Outbacks are estimated to see a bump in EPA gas mileage, and all-wheel drive remains standard. Outback 3.6R models will be offered in base and Limited trims and carryover with the same 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission.

Subaru says the Outback’s revamped suspension improves ride smoothness while reducing body roll up to 40 percent.

Six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Subaru’s optional EyeSight system packages adaptive cruise control, collision braking, lane departure and more. It uses two cameras in the headliner on either side of the rearview mirror.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


125,000 miles or more don't buy it....a money pit!

Was reading other car reviews of this same vehicle. We bought our 2013 Subaru Outback new in Illinois and it has traveled and lived in multiple states over the past 11 years. This car performed like a champ up until about 125,000 miles with meticulous servicing. This is where the crap hit the fan. To those of you who are thinking about purchasing a used 2013 Subaru Outback with higher mileage I would tell you to look at anything after 2013. Told the oil usage on this engine was a lemon and Subaru knew it but refused to warranty the engine. Our car has about 155,000 miles and oil usage is awful with us rarely making it to the 3,000 mile oil change before I have to drop a quart of oil. There is no fix and there are no leaks? At 148,000 all the lights came on in the car and found out the transmission solenoid needed repaired ($2,000 + repair). I went another 2,000 miles and all the lights came on again and this time the catalytic converter needed replaced ($2,000 + repair). Most recently the rear wheel bearings went ($600 + repair). Not sure when it will all end but either I get a new car or make the repairs and avoid a monthly car payment. The body has held up great. There are no vents for heating to the back seats which always irritated me. Otherwise, when working its a great car.


Sharon and Jim

This is a great car. Rides good and has all the bells and whistles. Clean interior. I especially love the heated seats and outside temperature along with gas mileage shown. Love this car.


Good overall vehicle

Vehicle meets all of my needs and performs well. Repairs have been reasonable and cost effective. Overall comfort is good and vehicle is good for commuting and family trips.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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