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2023 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback continues its prominent role as an adventure-anticipating wagon with a steadfast following. When it was introduced in 1994, the Outback (known at the time as the Legacy Outback) had no trouble attracting the attention of intrepid folks looking for a car that went above and beyond what was being offered at the time. People who logged lots of wintertime miles appreciated its readiness for the snow, along with its ground clearance – and even some all-terrain capability. Now in its sixth generation, the Outback continues to go strong as one of the industry’s most versatile vehicles.

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The 2023 model year brings a stylish new front-end appearance for the Outback, plus improved infotainment technologies and an enhanced suite of advanced driver-assist features. And buyers of the Onyx Edition should appreciate the ability to get this flashy trim with either a turbocharged or a non-turbo engine. Camping enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that the Outback readily accommodates rooftop tents.

Starting at


with Base trim

Max Cargo

75.6 cu-ft

with rear seats lowered

Fuel Economy

32/26 MPG


Trims and Mechanical Information

There’s no lack of options with the refreshed ’23 Outback, as it’s sold in nine trim levels: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, Limited XT, and Touring XT. The first five trims are supplied with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. The remaining trims get a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque.

Outback drivers tend to love the outdoors, and they’re likely to do some towing. On that note, the maximum trailer capacity for the 2.5-liter models is 2,700 pounds; with the 2.4-liter turbo, that number climbs to 3,500 lb. Both powerplants work with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. As determined by the EPA, the 2.5-liter versions will return an estimated 26 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway. The XT models fulfill 23 city/30 highway, while the slightly heavier Wilderness achieves 22 city/26 highway.

Equipment by Trim

The 2023 Subaru Outback is treated to a hearty supply of useful amenities. The Base gets LED steering-responsive headlights, LED fog lights, raised roof rails, keyless entry, single-zone automatic climate control, paddle shifters, an overhead console sunglasses holder, illuminated vanity mirrors, 60/40-split flat-folding and reclining rear seatbacks, and a cargo area with underfloor storage and a removable tray. The Premium receives side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, front and rear windshield wiper de-icers, heated front seats with driver’s power adjustments, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, a retractable and removable cargo cover, and an LED cargo area light.

The visually distinct Onyx Edition features black exterior accents, a hands-free liftgate, proximity entry with PIN-code access and push-button ignition, water-repellent upholstery (StarTex), and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal garage door opener. The Limited gains a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, leather upholstery, and position memory for the driver’s seat and side mirrors. The Touring adds power-folding side mirrors, a moonroof, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, and a digital rearview mirror.

The Onyx Edition XT doesn’t have the underfloor storage compartment, but it builds off the regular Onyx Edition with the more vigorous engine, a moonroof, a power front passenger’s seat, and heated rear outboard seats. The XT version of the Limited is also supplied with the moonroof, plus a heated steering wheel. Since the Touring already contains all of those nice amenities, the XT variant simply adds the more potent engine. Meanwhile, the Wilderness is in a league of its own. While it’s similar to the Onyx Edition XT, it boasts higher ground clearance (9.5 inches compared to 8.7 in.), beefy all-terrain tires, hexagonal LED fog lights, and more rugged roof rails.

EyeSight Driver Assist Technologies

Subaru’s EyeSight suite of active safety features is standard in the ’23 Outback. It includes pre-collision braking, advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency steering. Automatic high beams are also put on each trim. The Onyx Edition and above are outfitted with blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist, while the Limited, Touring, and all trims with the XT suffix welcome reverse automatic braking (which is available for the Wilderness). The Touring, Limited XT, and Touring XT also come with a distraction mitigation system, a.k.a. DriverFocus. The Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Wilderness, and Touring XT all have a 180-degree front-view monitor.

Multimedia and Miscellaneous Tech

The Outback adopts an elevated infotainment system for model year 2023. The Base gets a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a sound system with four speakers. The Premium, Onyx Edition, and Wilderness progress to an 11.6-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system. The Limited is further enhanced with a signature 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system that’s enhanced by a GreenEdge amplifier, while the Touring and Touring XT get integrated navigation and a CD player.

The Onyx Edition XT also comes with navigation but reverts to the six-speaker sound system. Meanwhile, the Limited XT’s infotainment is like the regular Limited’s, but with the built-in nav. If you need to charge your devices on the go, the ’23 Outback is certainly ready. While the Base only has a single USB-A port, the other trims come with a front USB-C port and two rear USB charging ports (one Type-A and the other Type-C).

Disclaimer: EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.

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