Subaru Outback (2023) – photos, information and specifications

Subaru Outback

Subaru of America, Inc. will debut the 2023 Outback at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The legendary SUV receives an updated design as well as new safety and in-vehicle technologies. Also new for 2023, the Onyx Edition trim level will be available with two engine options.

For 2023, the Subaru Outback will be available in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Wilderness, Limited and Touring trim levels when it arrives at Subaru retailers this fall. XT and Wilderness models come standard with a powerful 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. A new wide-angle single camera has also been added to the Touring models.

The Outback lineup (with the exception of the recently released Wilderness) gets a bolder look thanks to a new front end that includes a more prominent grille; LED headlights and redesigned fog lights; And the front shock absorber cover is more rigid. On the sides, an extended wheel arch livery adds to the car’s new, bolder look while providing additional protection.

The Subaru Outback 2023 comes standard with the latest version of EyeSight Driver Assist technology. The improved system runs more smoothly and under a wider range of conditions. These improvements come thanks to a wider field of view, updated control software, and the addition of an electric brake booster.

The Touring’s high-powered cover adds a wide-angle, single-camera that works in tandem with the EyeSight dual-camera system. An additional camera expands the field of view to recognize pedestrians and cyclists sooner when the vehicle enters an intersection at low speed. EyeSight alerts the driver and, when necessary, applies the brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bikes and pedestrians. Also new to the Touring is the full LCD smart rearview mirror with auto-dimming, compass and Homelink®.

Subaru Outback (2023)

2023 Subaru Outback

On models equipped with Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, EyeSight includes automatic emergency steering. The new feature works in conjunction with Pre-Collision Braking to help avoid collisions at speeds below 50 mph.

ONYX version updates

The Onyx version is now available with the naturally aspirated SUBARU BOXER® 2.5L engine. The Onyx version features black-painted exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels, badges as well as an exclusive Gray interior. Furthermore, the seats are wrapped in durable, water-resistant StarTex® material. Onyx is based on the Premium version and adds hands-free power gateway; front view screen dual X-MODE; And a full-size spare tire.

performance and capacity

The Subaru Outback 2023 delivers the optimum combination of SUV capability, driving and car-like handling with Subaru’s standard Symmetrical AWD system, Active Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Vehicle Control, and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. The ground clearance is 8.7 inches (9.5 inches for the wilderness) more than many SUVs, yet the Outback maintains a comfortably low ride height for both front and rear passenger entry.

Standard on XT models, the turbocharged 2.4-liter BOXER engine delivers strong all-round performance with 260 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. Meanwhile, the standard 2.5-liter BOXER has 182 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 176 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm.

All Outback 2023 models are paired with a Lineartronic CVT transmission that features an 8-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers an estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway and weighs in at 3,500 pounds. Towing capacity, more than any remote area in history. The 2.5L achieves an estimated 33 mpg and a range of more than 600 miles on a single tank.

Structure and safety

Introduced for 2017, the Subaru Global Platform has been optimized for the Outback, featuring a chassis that is 70 percent stiffer in terms of torsional stiffness and front suspension. It’s also 100 percent stiffer in front and rear side body stiffness than the previous Outback platform. Collision protection is improved, with the new body absorbing more than 40 percent more energy in a frontal/side collision than the outgoing model. When a collision is unavoidable, the Subaru Outback protects the driver and passengers with eight standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Subaru expects the 2023 Outback to achieve top safety scores when tested later this year, including a higher safety rating + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Standard EyeSight Driver Assist technology includes advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering, which provides steering assistance when the vehicle veers out of its lane, helping the driver maintain a direct lane. DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation uses a dedicated infrared camera and facial recognition technology to recognize signs of driver fatigue or distraction and provides audio and visual warnings to alert the driver and passengers. Additional available driver assistance technologies include reverse automatic braking; and EyeSight Assist Monitor with head-up display.

The available Front View Monitor captures images inside the driver’s blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch screen, providing safety and assistance when checking the condition of the road ahead, parking and off-road.

Comfort, convenience and versatility

All trim levels feature power door locks, windows and side mirrors; welcome lighting; Acoustic windshield, one-touch folding rear seats. Moving to Premium adds the All-Weather package; 10-way power front driver’s seat with lumbar support; LED tailgate light. The Limited model gains keyless entry with push-button start and heated rear seats (exterior mode). Touring trim adds ventilated front seats and a heated (360°) steering wheel to the list of standard features.

For powering and pairing personal devices, the Outback offers front and rear USB A ports and two 12V DC power outlets as standard. Front and rear USB C ports have been added to Premium models and later.

With a 75-inch cargo floor with the rear seat backs folded, the 2023 Outback delivers up to 75.6 cubic feet of cargo. And with the wide tailgate open, the Subaru Outback can comfortably accommodate taller items such as camping gear, golf clubs or baby buggies. For added convenience while the vehicle is being loaded, the available hands-free electric gate allows the owner to open the tailgate by simply waving in front of the Subaru logo (located in the center of the tailgate) and lifting the cargo with one touch the lid provides easier access. For even more cargo versatility, Outback offers standard roof rails with tie-down points and integrated, retractable cross bars. Outback Wilderness retains stronger roof rails that allow for roof tent capability.

bold design

The Subaru Outback’s exterior emphasizes toughness and functionality while evoking a sense of adventure. For 2023, the Outback package (excluding Wilderness) receives a new front end that includes a powerful front shock absorber cover; Larger grille, LED headlights and redesigned fog lights. The wheel arch livery has been updated to improve functionality.

The interior design uses wide windshields and long lines from the center of the dashboard to the door panels to create an open environment. The tablet-style 11.6-inch HD center display (dual 7.0-inch display on the base) provides direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC, X-MODE and vehicle settings.

Touring’s best-in-class livery enhances luxury trim inside and out, including new black Nappa leather with tan contrast stitching, high-gloss black pillar moldings, chrome-plated door handles, and satin-finish side mirrors.

Subaru in-car technology

Subaru Outback 2023 launches the latest version of the 11.6-inch STARLINK multimedia system with standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto with full screen display. The system features an 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen with instrumentation integration and improved on-screen controls for audio, air conditioning, X-MODE and vehicle features. Additional standard features include the new Valet mode; Bluetooth® connection for handsfree phone and audio streaming; AM/FM stereo; Rear view camera SiriusXM® All-Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link® (4-month free subscriptions); HD® Radio; and remote updates.

The 11.6-inch multimedia navigation system includes voice-activated navigation powered by the latest TomTom® and SiriusXM Travel Link (3-year free subscription).

The 2023 Outback is the first Subaru vehicle to be combined with 3 Words Address (W3W), an innovative location technology that provides a simple way to deliver precise locations using just three simple words. The W3W divided the world into a grid of 10-foot squares and gave each square a unique set of three words – a 3-word title. Customers can navigate to and share trails, scenic views and other hard-to-find places with precise accuracy using just three words. Standard on models equipped with the 11.6-inch STARLINK multimedia navigation system.

Outback is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette, Indiana along with Ascent, Impreza and Legacy.