5 ways the new 2015 Subaru Outback trumps the outgoing model
The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback wagon gets a number of new refinements that make it better than the old model it replaces. Here are five ways the fifth generation Outback trumps the outgoing model with improvements inside and out. We knew Subaru wouldn’t deviate from their successful formula that made the Outback the number two seller in their lineup. But they made changes to improve upon the core values of good visibility, cargo carrying ability and versatility. What enhancements did the new Outback receive?
The 2015 Outback comes with a roomier interior, a more capable chassis and higher fuel-efficiency than the old model it replaces. It also comes with a new updated design with a enhanced AWD system and its quieter than ever. Here the five upgrades that Outback received for the new fifth generation variant.
Roomiest Outback ever
The 2015 Outback maintains a similar footprint, and the wheelbase is increased by just 0.2-in., overall length by 0.6-in. and width by 0.7 in. The changes equate to a roomier passenger cabin, at 108.1 cu. ft. (up from 105.4 cu. ft.). Outback makes gains in shoulder, front and rear hip and elbow room and rear legroom. The Outback’s cargo area has been enlarged to 35.5 cu. ft. behind the rear seats, up from 34.3, while maximum capacity with the standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks folded is now 73.3 cu. ft., up from 71.3. The new-gen wagon’s load floor improves with seats that lay flatter, and new rear seatback release levers in the cargo area enhance convenience.
33 mpg highway for Outback 2.5i
Outback gets higher fuel-efficiency than the old model it replaces. All Outback come with the new Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which is instrumental in the Outback’s significantly improved fuel economy. Manufacturer-estimated ratings of 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined are up from 24/30/26 in the outgoing model. These figures place the 2015 Outback 2.5i at the top of the midsize crossover class, bettering front-wheel drive versions of some competitive crossovers.
Revised chassis and new Active Torque Vectoring
The MacPherson front strut suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension has been retuned by Subaru engineers for greater handling agility and a more compliant ride. Outback gets a new quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding feel and also helps reduce fuel consumption.
Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, fosters more neutral cornering by applying brake pressure to the inside front wheel. The Outback 2.5i now uses larger brakes previously available only on the 6-cylinder model, and all models now have ventilated rear discs in place of solid discs used in the old model.
Enhanced Active AWD and new X-Mode