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Subaru Outback Hasn’t Lost Its Appeal, It’s Ready For An American Revival

Sales of the 2022 Subaru Outback dropped again in August. Has the Outback lost its appeal with customers? Here is what new car shoppers should know about the Outback.

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According to a new report from Subaru of America, the 2022 Subaru Outback sales are down again in August. But it doesn't mean the Outback has lost its appeal with new midsize SUV shoppers. Many customers are waiting for the newly-updated 2023 Outback midsize SUV to arrive.

By the numbers

Sales of the 2022 Subaru Outback dropped in August, and the midsize SUV lost its number one selling status in the lineup. The Crosstrek is now the top-selling model as customers look for fuel-efficient models. Subaru of America reported they delivered 10,928 Outback models to customers in August compared with 14,219 in August 2021, a 23.2 percent decrease. Outback has dropped 16.4 percent year to date.

2023 Subaru Outback features, upgr

According to Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA), production of the 2022 Outback stopped, and the all-new 2023 Outback began rolling off assembly lines the week of August 17. Subaru also began production of the refreshed 2023 Legacy sedan.

2023 Outback gets new upgrades

The 2023 Outback midsize SUV gets new updates with a redesigned front fascia, the latest version of EyeSight safety technology, and a new wide-angle mono camera. Subaru also updated Outback's multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Outback, manufactured in Lafayette, Indiana, is not losing its appeal. Many customers are waiting for the newly-upgraded 2023 models.

2023 Subaru Outback features, upgr

The 2023 Outback Onyx Edition is now available with the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine. Before, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine was the only engine you could get.

What is the price of the 2023 Outback?

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.

Is the Outback fuel efficient?

The fuel mileage of the 2023 Outback XT 2.4-liter turbo is an EPA-estimated 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 EPA says the 2023 Outback Wilderness gets an estimated 21/26 city/highway mpg and 23 combined mpg.

When will new car shoppers see the 2023 Outback? Subaru of America says the 2023 Outback will be in U.S. showrooms this fall. Subaru has its new configurator available for customers to build their personalized model online.

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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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Vic (not verified)    September 10, 2022 - 6:08PM

The famous boxer 4 is an awful engine. Head gasket issues, oil leaks and more. This 180 HP motor can't push this heavy vehicle out of its own way. IT'S A DOG. What Subaru needs is a modern 4 cylinder engine, like the Toyota 2.3 in the RAV, or the Honda CR-V 1.5T. In heavy traffic, merging in a Subaru is a white knuckle event. A modern motor is
desperately needed.