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Move Over Crosstrek, The Redesigned Subaru Outback Is The Hot Model Now

Sales of the 2023 Subaru Outback were up again in November, and customers bought more of the newly-remodeled midsize SUV than any other model in the lineup. Will Outback catch the hot Crosstrek?


The newly-redesigned 2023 Subaru Outback is the hot model for Subaru now. Subaru of America (SOA) reported the Outback is the top performer in the all-wheel-drive lineup in November. The Outback midsize SUV is down 6.7 percent for the year but was up 44.2 percent in November over November 2021.

SOA says the newly redesigned Outback led all models with 15,069 vehicles delivered to customers compared with 10,454 model sales in November 2021. The Outback remains second in the lineup, with 132,465 models sold for the year. But Outback is gaining on the hot Crosstrek going into the year's final month, now just 9,186 model sales behind.

2023 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV is up 20.1 percent for the year and still leads all models in the lineup year to date. Crosstrek had the third largest percentage of sales increase (+100.7 percent). Crosstrek had 12,672 sales in November compared with 6,314 in November 2021. Crosstrek leads the lineup with 141,651 sales for the year.

Customers were waiting for the 2023 Outback model change, and sales have skyrocketed in the past two months as the new models arrived at U.S. retailers. The new Outback has a redesigned front fascia, the latest EyeSight safety technology, and a new wide-angle mono camera. Subaru also updated the 2023 Outback's multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2023 Subaru Outback

The 2023 Outback Onyx Edition is now selling with the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine. Before, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine was the only engine customers could get. Here's what customers should know if they shop for the new midsize SUV.

What is the price of the 2023 Outback?

The 2023 Outback remains affordable. You will only spend $40,000 on the 2023 Outback if you buy the upper-trim Touring ($41,070). All trim levels come standard will all-drive, which you won't find in all SUVs.

The 2023 Outback now comes in nine trim levels for U.S. customers; the base trim is priced from $29,620, Premium ($31,920), new Onyx Edition with a 2.5-liter engine ($34,720), Limited ($36,520), Touring ($41,070), Outback Wilderness ($39,670), Onyx Edition XT ($39,820), Limited XT ($40,920), and Touring XT ($43,520). Pricing includes $1,225 destination and delivery fees.

What is the best Outback trim level?

The 2023 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium and Limited trim levels are where many buyers will land and offer the best value with the smallest price increases. Unless you need the Outback XT's extra power and off-pavement capability, you will pay about $5,000-$8000 less for a comparably equipped 2.5i trim level.

The 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine in the Subaru Outback Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring trims are a good choice for commuters who won't use their vehicle for off-road adventures.

Is the Outback fuel efficient?

The EPA fuel mileage rating of the 2023 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is 22/29 city/highway mpg and 25 combined mpg. The estimated fuel economy of the standard 2.5-liter engine is 26/32 mpg city/highway and 28 combined mpg. The Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 21/26 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg.

What sets the Outback apart from other midsize SUVs?

All Outback midsize SUV trim levels ride higher with extra ground clearance than most family haulers. The Outback comes with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, and X-Mode for all-terrain performance. The Outback also gets the highest safety scores from the IIHS.

Subaru offers its new 2023 Outback configurator for customers to build their personalized model online before visiting a Subaru store. Check out the other Outback trim levels and details here.

The 2023 Subaru Outback should remain hot as the temperatures get cold. The new Outback is rated one of the best SUVs for driving in the snow and one of the top twenty new SUVs that will go over 200,00 miles. Check out the new Outback report below.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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DukeWoolworth (not verified)    December 3, 2022 - 10:46PM

Subaru could use a smaller turbo with a hybrid setup. Years of partnership with Toyota should have been used to do this, and would appeal to most Subaru owners..

mj (not verified)    December 4, 2022 - 5:48PM

For a supposedly environmentally conscious company, the gas mileage is terrible.

Lucy McKernan (not verified)    December 4, 2022 - 8:04PM

Thank you for this great article. Just got my new premium Outback on Monday. The only thing I can really complain about is the darker blue color. Otherwise, it's a great vehicle. What can I say? You said it all.

William (not verified)    December 7, 2022 - 5:28PM

If I could buy one without the GPS, Eyesight I would love to have one. Not to mention it would be more affordable. All I care about is cruise control and power windows, AM/FM radio nothing more.