The current generation of Subaru’s legendary wagon has been around for a while and if you’re familiar with the company’s production cycles, you know very well what to expect from the next year’s model. The 2023 Subaru Outback will represent the fourth production year and that’s the time when this Japanese manufacturer usually brings updates. This model should be no exception, so we count on some kind of a mid-cycle update.
Like always, Subaru will bring subtle changes only, we presume. We count on a few revisions in terms of the styling, as well as on a few tweaks regarding interior design, standard features etc. Other than that, things should remain pretty much the same. So, you may count on a vehicle that offers plenty of passenger and cargo space, composed handling, lots of standard equipment and a high level of overall versatility.
Given the expected updates, we presume that the 2023 Subaru Outback will come a little bit earlier than usual, but still within the second half of 2022.
2023 Subaru Outback Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Subaru Outback is about to receive a facelift. We expect nothing but subtle changes and most of them should be at the front. We could see few tweaks to the grille and bumper, but the overall look will remain largely the same. Of course, there’s always a chance to see minor updates like new color options, wheels etc.
Still, the overall layout will remain the same. We are about to see a familiar overall layout, which is based on Subaru’s new modular platform, which offers a very good balance between comfort and precise handling. Of course, all-wheel drive is standard and provides extra grip in all conditions.
Bigger interior changes shouldn’t happen. Of course, there is always a chance for tweaks regarding materials, color schemes etc. However, the overall cabin design will remain the same. This cabin already looks very nice. We like the materials, as well as the build quality. Also, there is a lot of tech features, which have a highly positive impact on aesthetics.
Besides good build quality, we also like the high level of practicality and functionality. These things have always been Outback’s strongest points and the current generation is no exception. There are two very spacious rows of seats, which accommodate adults with ease. Also, we like the front seats, which are massive and supportive. The driving position is high which, in a combination with large glass surfaces, provides good visibility in all directions.
The cargo area is as impressive. You may count on about 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 75.7 cubic feet in total. For comparison, that’s more than you get from compact SUVs like Toyota RAV4.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible but the current model already looks good, so we don’t believe too many upgrades could happen. The current model already comes standard with goodies like automatic climate control, keyless entry, dual 7-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a four-speaker stereo. In higher trims, you can get upgrades like an 11.6-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two additional USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof.
Among standard safety features, you can find goodies like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Also, there are upgrades like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, driver distraction monitoring, and a front-view camera.
2023 Subaru Outback Engines
The 2023 Subaru Outback will continue with a couple of familiar powertrain options on the offer. Base models use a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four, which puts out around 182 horsepower. This version isn’t particularly fast but gets the job done. If you’re looking for really strong performance, you can opt for a 2.4-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 260 horses.
Both engines come in pair with a CVT gearbox, while all-wheel drive is standard, of course. The base engine returns around 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is pretty impressive for the segment. The turbo-four is slightly thirstier and returns around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2023 Subaru Outback Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Subaru Outback will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022. Base models should go around 27.000 dollars.