2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 

  • $32k
  • 3.6L
  • 17 city 25 hwy
 
With 8.7 inches of ground clearance-more even than competitors like the macho Jeep Grand Cherokee-the Subaru is almost unparalleled in off-road agility.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Simple, large controls are generally self-evident, and the interior overall is restrained.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Subaru Outback

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Outback 3.6R Limited
$9,160
Forester 2.5i
$6,605

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Outback 3.6R Limited
$2,741
Prius V Two
$1,293
CX-5 Touring
$1,917

Reviews Word on the street for the Subaru Outback


8.0
It's offered only with a five-speed automatic transmission, and it's quiet, smooth, and powerful.

9.0
Adaptive transmission control is standard for all models with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

6.8
Best of all, the Outback CVT's estimated 24 city/30 highway mpg is better than with the 6-speed manual.

Overall

8.0 Out of 10

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Powertrain

Most buyers will opt for Subaru's Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), but a six-speed manual gearbox is also available on low-end models-a rarity for any mid-size wagon or utility vehicle.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
The CVT does take some getting used to, as there are no discernible gearshifts, as with a traditional automatic.
by KBB (May, 2013)
Unusually for a mid-size utility vehicle, you can order the four with a six-speed manual gearbox, but that's only available on base models.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Transmission

Last year, Subaru improved the standard seat fabric, ditching the previous brocade-curtain fabric and making the seats more comfortable.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Matching this engine with the CVT automatic will produce the best fuel economy, but the 6-speed manual offers sportier performance.
by KBB (May, 2013)
It comes standard with paddle shifters that let the driver "shift" up and down through six simulated fixed "gear" ratios, just like a multi-speed automatic.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Handling

The high roofline promises (and delivers) ample interior space, the generous ride height (with 8.7 inches of ground clearance) announces its off-road and bad-weather capabilities, while the sturdy black roof rails provide secure mounting when carrying extra stuff on the roof (and the roof-rail crossbars stow away when not in use, to reduce aerodynamic drag and wind noise).
by KBB (May, 2013)
The steering is good, but not exceptional, and all-weather tires trade off sports-car stickiness for ease over rocks and ruts once you leave the asphalt.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
That makes its handling far more car-like than most crossovers, and it can be hustled predictably through turns in a surprisingly sporty manner-especially the four, which is lighter and better balanced than the nose-heavy six.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Engine

The 173-horsepower engine has to work.
by KBB (May, 2013)
The Outback is available with a choice of two "boxer" engines.
by KBB (May, 2013)
If you really do care about stoplight drag races, this is the engine to pick-but you'll pay the price in low fuel efficiency.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Performance

Otherwise, even on full-throttle takeoffs, while it will rev the engine to its most powerful speed-around 5500 rpm-it manages to apply enough power while doing so that drivers don't get the "all-noise-no-acceleration" sensation of lesser CVTs.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
The Outback's acceleration is competitive, and its roadholding and handling are surprisingly good for this large a car, but that's not really what owners look for.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
It's rated at 173 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, marginally better than its similarly-sized predecessor.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Subaru
Model year 2014
City range 314 miles
Highway range 462 miles
MSRP $32k
Annual cost $9,160

power & handling

Max torque 247 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM
Max HP 256 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 14.25 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 9 speakers
Wattage 440 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,609

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,445
Navigation system Optional, $2,745
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Optional, $335
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.6L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.4 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.42 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 225 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 71.7 in
Front track width 61 in
Height 65.8 in
Ground clearance 8.7 in
Length 189 in
Wheelbase 107.9 in
Curb weight 3,648 lb
GVWR 4,695 pounds
Tow weight 3,000 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 57 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³
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