2013 Subaru Outback

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2013 Subaru Outback
2013 Subaru Outback

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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 design 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

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.

4.0

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.

2.4

Steer away

Bought car used with 70k miles from "reputable" Subaru dealer in Rockland NY. Car burned too much oil and had 3 consumption tests before 88k. Dealer always deemed it acceptable limit. Car was always comfortable and useful but despite meticulous servicing.....had the transmission AND the short block on engine go simultaneously at 155k miles. I've owned over 5 Subarus since 1988...they have consistently gone downhill with catalytic converter problems and now this horrible cvt transmission and garbage engine. Don't fall for the outdoorsy marketing. The AWD system is the best out there but the rest is subpar. Lease for 3 yrs at best and dump it back off on dealer.

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Warranty

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