2013 Subaru Outback

MSRP $23,495

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2013 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 Subaru Outback is a car that combines practicality and rugged reliability with highway cruiser comfort. 2013 Subaru Outback with its legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive now has more ground clearance, revised suspension for increased stability and handling, a redesigned visor-style roof rack, plus an all-new automatic transmission.

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Pros

All-wheel drive is standard

Large cargo area

Seats in the back are roomy

Cons

Is not agile

Weak stereo

What's New?

Redesigned front fascia

Upgraded suspension


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

173 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

107.9 in.

length

189 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

65.8 in.

curb weight

3423 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

71.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

2.5i$23,495 onwards

Base$23,495 onwards

2.5i PZEV$23,795 onwards

2.5i Premium$25,995 onwards

3.6R$28,495 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Subaru Outback in Aintree Green color
Aintree Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Some of its practical features include increased cargo capacity, passenger space, comfortable seating, and keyless entry. With a more streamlined silhouette and a restyled interior, the 2013 Subaru Outback is a car that is specialized for the way you drive. It competes against other crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Mazda CX-5.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

The 2013 Subaru Outback is offered in five trims namely, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6 R, and 3.6R Limited. Each trim level comes equipped with a multitude of standard features, which include Bluetooth phone and audio, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and iPod connectivity. Among the features added to the 2.5i Premium, trim is a 10-way power driver's seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Those who care about audio quality will want this or a higher trim level. Audio quality is improved over the base model with Premium's six speakers.

Trim

2.5i

2.5i Premium

2.5i Limited

3.6R

3.6R Limited

MSRP

$23,295

$24,795

$28,695

$28,295

$31,695

Key Features

16-inch wheels

Adds/upgrades to the features of 2.5i trim

Adds/upgrades to the features of 2.5i Premium trim

Same features as the 2.5i trim levels

Same features as the 2.5i trim levels

   

Air-conditioning

Foglamps

Dual-zone climate control

Paddle shifters

     

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Rear privacy glass

Leather upholstery

     

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

8-way power driver seat

Sunroof

     

60/40-split folding rear seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Rearview camera

     

4-speaker audio system

17-inch wheels

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

     

Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity

6-speaker audio system

9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

       

iPod/USB audio

HD radio

We Recommend

It is better to go for the base model over the F Sport; the rides are neither sporty nor firm. You'll appreciate the luxurious and safe features offered with the base model, but we recommend spending some extra money on the Mark Levinson audio system to make it an immersive experience. 

2013 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

9.0/10

With a standard 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the 2013 Subaru Outback is powerful enough to handle most driving situations. You'll have far more power to pass other vehicles and accelerate away from a stop with the 256 horsepower six-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission are standard. You may have a choice between a continuously variable automatic transmission and a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters in some trims.

Performance-wise, the Subaru Outback goes from zero to sixty mph in just 8.8 seconds, and it runs the quarter-mile in 15 seconds. Speeds of up to 130 mph were possible with the vehicle. The Outback rides smoothly, steers precisely, and has strong brakes.

Model

Subaru Outback

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mazda CX-5

MSRP

$23,295

$23,625

$23,365

$20,995

Engine

2.5 Liter Flat 4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline 4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed Manual

Power

170 hp @ 5600 rpm

185 hp @ 7,000 rpm

168 hp @ 6,000 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

170 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

163 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.8 

9.9

9.2

8.8

Quarter mile (mph)

15.0 

17.3

16.9

15.7

Top speed (mph)

130

125

123

121

Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Mazda CX-5 are also equipped with Inline-4 engines with 185, 168, and 155 horsepower, respectively. Except for the Subaru Outback, which has all-wheel drive, all cars in this segment are front-wheel drive. While the Mazda CX-5 reaches 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds, the Ford Escape reaches 60 mph in 9.2 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds.

2013 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

6.0/10

In the city and on the highway, the Outback earns 24 mpg with the CVT and base engine. Even though other wagons are more fuel-efficient, Subaru's Outback uses significantly less fuel than similar vehicles. The Outback's fuel efficiency drops to 18/25/20, however, with the six-cylinder powertrain. The car has an impressive range of 444 miles in the city and 555 miles on the highway thanks to its 18-gallon fuel tank.

Model

Subaru Outback

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mazda CX-5

MPG (city)

24

23

22

25

MPG (Highway)

30

31

31

35

MPG (Combined)

26

26

25

26

Fuel Capacity

18.5 gal

15.3

15.1

14.8 gal.

Range (City/highway)

444 /555 /481 

352 / 474 / 398

332 / 468 / 378

370/518/385

As for fuel economy, the Honda CR-V averages 26 mpg combined, which is in line with the Mazda CX-5. With a fuel efficiency of 25 mpg, the Ford Escape is the least fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment. A fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons distinguishes the Subaru Outback from other models in its segment. As a result, it manages 444 and 555 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively.

2013 Subaru Outback Interior

7.0/10

The 2013 Outback gets good marks for its interior comfort and utility and is extremely easy to drive. The automobile comes with very good features of leather-wrapped steering wheels, dual-zone automatic temperature control, rearview camera, and heated front seats in the interior. The 2013 Subaru Outback is the perfect car to handle your weekend away, and even comes equipped with a navigation and touchscreen display system.​​

The 2013 Subaru Outback is an enormously practical choice for individuals who need some cargo space in addition to their family's car. A 34.3 cubic foot cargo space is available behind the rear seats. By folding up the rear seats, the Subaru Outback gets 71.3 cubic feet of space, which is similar to the size and volume of larger crossover SUVs. The Outback is actually larger than most of the typical mid-size SUVs.

Model

Subaru Outback

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mazda CX-5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.8/56.3/43.0

39.9/56.8/41.3

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.1/57.5/41

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/56.1/37.8

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.0/55.3/36.8

39/55.5/39.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

34.3 

37.2

34.3

34.1 

The standard for the segment is a seating capacity of five passengers. The Honda CR-V features the largest cargo capacity with 37.2 cubic feet, followed by the Ford Escape and Subaru Outback with 34.3 cubic feet respectively. With a cargo capacity of 34.1 cubic feet, the Mazda CX-5 is at the bottom of the table. Major interior features include-

  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Moonroof
  • Cloth front and rear seat upholstery

How intuitive is the 2013 Subaru Outback’s infotainment unit?

Unlike other Subaru models, the Outback lacks the best infotainment systems. There's a 7-inch touchscreen display on this model, but the system's audio system is pretty basic. Among its standard features are Bluetooth, a USB port, and iPod compatibility. Navigation and an audio system from Harman Kardon are among the available features. Some other salient infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • iPod interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • MP3 Player
  • 4-speaker audio system
  • Auxiliary audio input

2013 Subaru Outback Exterior

8.0/10

The 2013 Subaru Outback comes from a long line of Subaru vehicles that have proven themselves over years of competition. This model continues the tradition with its tough look and great performance. Elegant curves, a sport-tuned suspension, and summer tires are just a few of the upgrades the 2013 Subaru Outback has in store for you. 

The 2013 Subaru Outback is detailed with new front and rear styling, plus updated detailing in the grille, headlights, foglights, and taillights to maintain styling continuity. There's one glance that tells you this is a Subaru vehicle – boldly designed from every angle.

Model

Subaru Outback

Honda CR-V

Ford Escape

Mazda CX-5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3498 

3,305

3,515

3194 

Length (in.)

188.2 

178.3

178.1

179 

Width (in.)

71.7 

71.6

72.4

72 

Height (in.)

65.7 

64.6

66.3

67 

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7 

6.3

7.9

9

Wheelbase (in.)

107.9 

103.1

105.9

106 

The Subaru Outback, with its 188.2-inch length and 107.9-inch wheelbase, leads the segment in size. Mazda CX-5 is the lightest car at 3,194 pounds, followed by the Honda CR-V at 3,305 pounds, and Ford Escape is the heaviest at 3,515 pounds. Few major exterior features include-

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Front under guards
  • Black folding side mirrors
  • Body-color folding side mirrors
  • Windshield wiper de-icer and heated side mirrors
  • Roof rails with integrated and retractable crossbars

2013 Subaru Outback Safety

7.0/10

Among the 2013 Subaru Outback's strong points are its safety scores. It earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. NHTSA rated the 2013 Outback a perfect five stars on overall safety. Subaru Outback 2013 models come standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags that protect both rows. 

In addition to adaptive cruise control, precollision braking, lane departure warnings, and sway warnings, Subaru's EyeSight system offers a host of other safety features. In comparison to conventional radar systems mounted on the front bumper, Subaru claims EyeSight uses two cameras mounted within the upper edge of the windshield to provide less damage potential. Other salient safety features include:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor
  • Available Auto-Leveling Headlights

2013 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The 2013 Subaru Outback presents a fresh and distinctive interpretation of Subaru's heritage, with contemporary styling cues and innovative interior features that make this car stand out in a crowd. Stepping inside the 2013 Outback reveals its unique personality. Interior styling reinforces the crisp, confident lines of the exterior. With features and benefits designed with you in mind, the 2013 Subaru Outback is an excellent choice for a midsize crossover vehicle.

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