Subaru of America, Inc. has enhanced the Outback, the original Sport Utility Wagon®, for 2014 with new standard features and expanded availability of the innovative EyeSight driver assistance system. The upgrades follow a model year in which the Outback gained a new powertrain for higher fuel economy, and also debuted revised styling and suspension tuning. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive distinguishes the Outback from crossover competitors, which generally offer all-wheel drive only as an extra-cost option. In addition, the Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is higher than many crossovers and some dedicated SUVs, yet features a comfortable step-in height. The 2014 Outback earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and also earned the new Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the new IIHS Front Crash Prevention (FHP) test program, the 2014 Outback (and Subaru Legacy® sedan) equipped with the available EyeSight system were the only vehicles to receive highest possible score of six points and were two of seven models from 74 tested to receive highest possible “Superior” rating. The Superior rating is given to vehicles that have an autobraking system such as Subaru EyeSight and can avoid a crash or substantially reduce speeds in both tests. Subaru EyeSight is the highest-rated front crash prevention system by IIHS. Subaru upgraded the popular 2014 Outback 2.5i Premium models to include as standard the All-Weather Package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer) and the Display Audio system. Display Audio includes HD Radio, a 4.3-in. LCD display screen, single-disc CD player, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (includes 4-month trial subscription), 6-speakers and all features of the standard audio system (Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, iPod® control capability, USB port and 3.5mm auxiliary input jack). Subaru introduced the advanced EyeSight driver-assist system for the 2013 Legacy and Outback Limited models, and for 2014 makes it also available in the Premium trim lines of both models. EyeSight, which uses innovative Subaru-developed stereo camera technology, integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. The base 2014 Outback 2.5i model offers a new Alloy Wheel Package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 215/50 R17 all-season tires and fog lights with chrome trim rings.
Up to 30 MPG Fuel Economy
The Outback 2.5i models continue with the double-overhead-cam (DOHC) 2.5-liter FB series Boxer engine that debuted for 2013. The engine produces 173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, with greater low-end torque across a broad speed range than the engine it replaced. Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models offer a choice between a standard 6-speed manual transmission and the second-generation Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT is standard on the 2.5i Limited. For 2014, the addition of adaptive control to the CVT adds further refinement. Based on vehicle inputs received by the transmission control module, pulley gear ratios are always optimized based on driving preferences and road conditions. The 2014 Outback 2.5i models with the CVT achieve an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. The Outback 3.6R Limited continues with a 256-horsepower 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine and 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.