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  • (4.5) 105 reviews
  • Available Prices: $11,307–$22,179
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-26
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2013 Subaru Outback

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Subaru Outback

What We Don't Like

  • Some inconsistent cabin materials

Notable Features

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

2013 Subaru Outback Reviews

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


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by DonnaW from Charlotte, NC on November 29, 2017

My Subaru Outback is the first auto I've kept for over 3 years. I thought about trading (for a newer Subaru), but I truly love my Subaru and don't want to part with it!

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2013 Subaru Outback Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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