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Subaru Outback Is So Dominant It Doesn’t Need A Remodel

It's almost too good to be true that the Subaru Outback is so dominant. It's the top seller for Subaru of America again, and maybe it doesn't need a remodel.

Nothing can stop it.

The Outback is due for a remodel, but that hasn't stopped buyers from driving more of the midsize SUVs off dealers' lots. Subaru of America (SOA) reports that the Outback is the volume leader again. In June, it outsold all other models in SOA's all-wheel-drive lineup. 

Subaru of America says, "For the second month in a row, Outback was the top seller with 16,853 vehicles sold."

Check out my recent report for Outback here

Talk about consistency

The Outback was SOA's top seller again, with 16,853 vehicles sold in June compared to 16,225 models delivered in June 2023. That's a 3.9 percent increase. 

Outback is second overall in SOA's lineup in sales volume for the first six months, with 81,703 midsize SUVs delivered to customers compared with 81,403 models sold in 2023. Outback increased 0.4 percent for the year. That's the most impressive model of consistency I've ever seen. 

It's too close to call.

The Outback and Crosstrek are in a close race for the second-highest total sales volume for the year, with the Outback leading by 2,203 model sales through the first six months. 

Outback stays the same for the 2025 model year as a carry-over with minor changes. Read my report here.

Enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the complete remodel and redesign of the Outback for the 2026 model year.

Subaru waited another year to release the next-generation Outback because the 2025 Forester made its dealer launch this year. Subaru wants the Forester to be in the spotlight, not the Outback, which will get its turn next year.

Subaru Corp. hasn't forgotten about the Outback. Here's my preview of the remodel.

Subaru of America and Subaru Corporation have another year to work out the changes for the U.S.-spec 2026 Outback. The Outback is still Subaru's flagship model worldwide, and they are busy now with the remodel. 

For the 2026 model year, the Subaru Outback will be completely redesigned from the ground up. That means some new exterior upgrades, but they won't be drastic. 

As I've reported, Subaru Corporation is conservative in its exterior design changes. While the 2026 Outback will feature some new exterior upgrades, they won't be dramatic. Subaru's design philosophy is focused on maintaining the brand's signature look and feel, ensuring that each new model is instantly recognizable as a Subaru.

It will have the familiar Subaru family traits. 

The 2026 Outback will likely have a redesigned front fascia with new headlights and grille and redesigned rear taillights and bumper. These cosmetic changes will improve aerodynamics and visibility, enhancing the midsize SUV's driving experience. 

The most significant changes will come underneath the exterior sheet metal. They will show up in advanced safety technology, driving dynamics will be improved, and a quieter cabin and ride quality will improve. 

These improvements are designed to enhance the driving experience, making the 2026 Outback safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. 

One thing Subaru will do with the new Outback is make life easier for the next-generation Outback customer. There will be more comfort and convenience features on the inside. 

Can You Wait?

While Subaru has not officially announced a new fuel-efficient Outback Hybrid trim level, there are strong indications that the 2026 Outback will be available with a hybrid powertrain. This potential addition could be a game-changer for those seeking a more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient option, sparking anticipation and excitement for the future of the Outback. 

You may have to wait until 2027

Based on Subaru's typical release schedule, the all-new Outback Hybrid trim is expected to arrive in late 2026 or early 2027, following the launch of the regular models. Whether it will be a regular hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid technology is still a question. You can find out more about the next-gen Subaru Hybrid in my report here.

If it were me, I'd wait another year for the all-new, remodeled 2026 Outback to arrive. It will come with significant upgrades worth waiting for, including a redesigned front fascia, improved driving dynamics, and a quieter cabin. 

If you buy a 2025 Outback, here is the pricing information.

For the 2025 model year, the Outback has nine trim levels. The Base is priced at $30,290, Premium ($32,590), Onyx Edition ($37,500), Limited ($39,250), Touring ($41,740), Onyx Edition XT ($40,755), Wilderness ($41,355), Limited XT ($41,590), and Touring XT ($44,190). In addition, destination and delivery fees are included in the price above ($1,395).

Only one trim level increased in price. The Outback Limited increased +$2,160. A power moonroof, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, navigation, and a 360-degree heated steering wheel are now standard on Limited trims.

If you can't wait for the remodel, the 2025 Outback is still a reliable and well-equipped option. That's why it's Subaru of America's number-one-selling model for two months in a row. 

Are you waiting for the remodeled 2026 Outback? If so, click the red Add New Comment link below and let us know.

I am Denis Flierl, a top Torque News reporter since 2012. I’ve invested over 13 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role, working with every major car brand. I am an experienced Rocky Mountain Automotive Press member. You'll find my expert Subaru analysis here. Follow me on my X SubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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Comments

Sai (not verified)    July 4, 2024 - 4:29PM

My 2010 Outback manual lacks oomph to ramp into highways.. it's a painfully slow.

I think Outbacks should have minimum 275 to 350 hp with hybrid plugin.

Cost and quality should remain stable

LisaMT618 (not verified)    July 5, 2024 - 4:53AM

I am waiting for 2026. I really want to see a good hybrid in an Outback. Subaru’s previous hybrid endeavors with the Crosstrek seemed dismal at best. I hope they can pull off an Outback hybrid. Just like Toyota’s RAV4, they can do it. The RAV4 Hybrid has such better mileage. They could do that for Outback. I don’t believe they understand how much this is wanted. I’m not talking about an electric/gas hybrid, I want a true hybrid. The technology is out there with good mileage too. Geez, Toyota owns part of Subaru, share the technological knowledge. Please.

BobW (not verified)    July 6, 2024 - 9:06PM

Interior is nicely done-very comfortable.
But the fact that the independent rear suspension lack any kind of alignment capability, along with many of those delivered have a camber out of spec. I’m questioning the engineering of the car as well as my next purchase of the Outback.

Tee (not verified)    July 8, 2024 - 1:17AM

Was waiting for 2025 Forester, but now thinking 2026 Outback. While a fossil fuels person, the hybrid is now sparking my curiosity, though I have no interest in a plug-in.

I currently drive a 2019 Forrester, and am resisting the urge to go look at other SUV hybrids.

James R Birch (not verified)    July 10, 2024 - 10:25AM

Since I only get a new Subaru every 10 years or so (1992, 2001, 2012, 2022), I probably won't be looking until Gen8 (if I live that long!). But I don't think Subaru will survive unless it comes out with hybrid or much improved electric technology, even if they have to rely on Toyota technology to do it.