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You Like The New Subaru Outback - There's One Model You Love More

Sales of the 2023 Subaru Outback were up sharply in October, and customers responded well to the newly-remodeled midsize SUV. But there is one hot model customers love more. Here's what customers should know if they shop for a new midsize SUV.


The 2023 Subaru Outback arrived last month with new upgrades, giving the midsize SUV a big shot upward. But there is one hot Subaru model that you love more. Here is what new SUV shoppers should know before they head to Subaru retailers.

Subaru of America reports sales of the 2023 Subaru Outback are up 40.3 percent in October. The Camden, N.J. automaker said they delivered 11,992 Outback models to customers in October compared with 8,548 in October 2021. But the Outback is down 10.7 percent year to date. With two more strong months, Outback could be up for the year.

2023 Subaru Outback

Customers like the new Outback midsize SUV, but new SUV shoppers love the hot Crosstrek subcompact SUV more. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek arrives now and stays smokin' hot this Fall, with 13,635 subcompact SUVs delivered to customers in October. That's a 28.7 percent increase over October 2021 sales (10,591).

Crosstrek is still the best-selling all-wheel-drive model for SOA, with 128,979 models delivered to customers over ten months compared with 111,658 sold in 2021. Crosstrek is now 11,583 model sales ahead of the Outback midsize SUV this year.

2023 Subaru Outback

Customers were waiting for the 2023 Outback model change

Outback sales jumped as customers ordered the 2023 models with its new upgrades. The 2023 Outback midsize SUV 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.

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.

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.

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 is 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.

Subaru offers its new 2023 Outback configurator for customers to build their personalized model online before visiting a Subaru store. The 2023 Outback arrives now at U.S. retailers. Check out further Outback trim and details here.

We expect the newly-redesigned 2023 Outback sales to continue hot this winter as the Outback is rated one of the best SUVs for driving in the snow.

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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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Jim Birch (not verified)    November 4, 2022 - 9:19PM

I did not care for the wheel lip cladding and front bumper cladding on the 2023 Outback models. Trying to make the Outback look more rugged like the Wilderness model I guess. Bought one of the few remaining 2022 Outback Limited models available instead.

M G (not verified)    November 6, 2022 - 3:13PM

They just made more Crosstreks. That's all. People are buying everything Subaru makes.