2014 Subaru Outback

MSRP $23,495 - $32,095

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2014 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The Subaru Outback is known for its fun ride, budget-friendliness, interior space, and cargo capacity. The 2014 Outback belongs to the fifth generation. It offers a well-crafted interior and exterior, the level of safety is impressive, and two powertrain options are given on the trim range. Just like any other Subaru, the Outback also has the standard AWD. 

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Pros

Pleasant ride

Spacious interior

Good visibility

Cons

Lackluster infotainment system

What's New?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

536.5 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

Base$23,495 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry

Premium$25,795 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Limited$29,095 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Leather Seat trim

Colors and Styles

2014 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 Features

8.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.7

Competition

9.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The base engine churns out 173 hp, but if you want a more punchy engine, a 3.6L 6-cylinder engine will give you 256 hp, and it can pull up to 3,000 lbs. The midsize crossover segment is crowded and Subaru Outback has worthy opponents such as Honda CR-VFord Escape, and Mazda CX-5 which are keeping the Outback in check.


8.0/10
Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.7/10
Safety


2014 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

The 2014 Subaru Outback has four trim levels on offer. The base trim has a starting price of $23,495, while the topmost trim 3.6R Limited costs $32,095. A 2.5L engine with a 6-speed manual transmission is standard in all trims except the topmost, but you can get the CVT for just $1,000. The base trim severely lacks good features. It includes cloth upholstery, manual tilt and telescopic steering column, manual climate control, and 16-inch steel wheels. 

The 2.5i Premium trim adds a 4.2-inch LCD display to the infotainment system, heated front seats, and bigger wheels. The 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trim shares all the features except the 3.5L flat-6 engine, which is only offered on the 3.6R Limited trim with the 5-speed automatic transmission.

Trim

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

MSRP

$23,495

$25,795

$29,095

$32,095

Key Features

2.5-liter flat-4 engine

Adds or replaces or keeps from ‘2.5i’

Adds or replaces or keeps from ‘2.5i Premium’

Adds or replaces or keeps from ‘2.5i Limited’

 

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch 6-spoke

aluminum-alloy wheels

17-inch 5-split-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

3.6-liter flat-6 engine

 

Halogen headlights

Fog lights

Leather-trimmed seats

driver’s door unlock/lock touch sensor

 

Cloth seats

4.3-inch LCD display

7-inch touchscreen

2-position driver’s seat memory

 

Manual climate control

6-speaker sound system

9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

Keyless entry and ignition

 

4-speaker sound system

Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof

Dual-zone automatic climate control system

 

 

17-inch alloy wheels

EyeSight driver-assist system

 

 

 

Front underguards

 

 

 

There are optional packages on the 2014 Outback which you can avail as per your needs. The EyeSight driver-assist system package adds advanced safety features and is available on Premium trim onwards. The Special Appearance Package is only offered on the Limited trim which includes gray machine-finish 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, grey-finish exterior features, black-finish headlight inner bezels, saddle brown leather-trimmed upholstery, 2-position driver’s seat memory, carpeted floor mats, and Matte-finish wood grain-patterned accent trim.

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It would be a wise choice to go for the 2.5i Limited trim. It has an upgraded infotainment system, the engine churns out enough power for a normal commute, and the price is also a few thousand dollars less than the top trim which you can save and use on accessories or options. But if your needs are for a more punchy performance, go with the top-end 3.6R Limited trim.

2014 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

8.2/10

Except for the topmost 3.6R Limited trim, all trims have the 2.5 liters naturally aspirated engine under the hood. It churns out 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5 L engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, but an optional CVT is also available. Power gets sent to all the wheels, unlike rivals which send it to FWD as standard. This arrangement takes the Outback from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds.

The 3.6R Limited trim is equipped with the 3.6 liter naturally aspirated engine which is married to a 5-speed automatic transmission. It churns out 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, Subaru can jump from 0 to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds less than the base engine. The Outback offers a stable ride, body roll has reduced since last year, and the brake pedal has a good response. 

Model

2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2014 Honda CR-V LX

2014 Ford Escape SE

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring

MSRP

$24,495

$23,120

$25,550

$24,815

Engine

2.5 liter flat-4

2.4 liter inline-4

1.6-liter turbo inline-4

2.5 

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

5-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

Power

173 hp @ 5600 rpm

185 hp @ 7000 rpm

173 hp @ 5700 rpm

184 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

174 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

163 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.1

8.8

8.2

8.1

Quarter mile (mph)

17.2

15.5

16.3

16.3

Top speed (mph)

117 (est.)

112 (est.)

NA

126

The 2014 Outback is not the best in the competition when it comes to acceleration, but CX-5 is the one that not only has the best power figures but also the fastest on its feet. The least torque is produced by the CR-V, but it is still 0.3 seconds faster than the Outback. The Escape is the only SUV with a turbocharger and has the leading torque. It does the 0-60 mph in 0.1 seconds later than the CX-5.

2014 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

7.0/10

As per the EPA estimates, the Outback with the base engine and CVT transmission returns fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. If a manual transmission is taken, fuel economy figures get reduced by 2/1/2 mpg in city/highway/combined. With the 3.6L engine, fuel economy figures get reduced by 7/5/6 mpg in city/highway/combined. Apart from having good fuel economy even with the standard AWD as compared to the rivals, the 2014 Outback also has the biggest fuel tank of all which translates into better range than any other car in the segment.

Model

2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2014 Honda CR-V LX*

2014 Ford Escape SE*

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring*

MPG (city)

24

22

22

24

MPG (Highway)

30

30

30

30

MPG (Combined)

26

25

25

26

Fuel Capacity

18.5

15.3

15.1

14.8

Range (City/hwy)

444/555

337/459

332/453

367/459

*figures taken for the AWD drivetrain

Outback and CX-5 are the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the competition. That said, Escape and CR-V share the same fuel economy figures while sharing the second spot. The fuel economy of the rivals will be slightly higher if the FWD drivetrain is taken. In that case, the Outback will be dethroned. Lastly, the fuel tank capacity of the CR-V, Escape, and CX-5 is 3.2, 3.4, and 3.7 gallons less as compared to the Outback.

2014 Subaru Outback Interior

8.6/10

There are no significant changes in the interior since last year. There is lots of hard plastic used in the cabin, but to give the interior a decent look, a silver metallic accent trim is given on the dash and inside door panel. This trim can be replaced with the wood grain-patterned accent on the Limited trim. Cloth seats are standard, and leather-trimmed seats are given on the higher trims which also add a 3-spoke Leather-wrapped steering wheel. There is generous head and legroom given in the 2014 Outback.

The driver seat has a 6-way manual adjustment which can be upgraded to 10-way power with lumbar support. The front passenger seat has a 4-way manual adjustment. The rear seats can recline and split into a 35/65 ratio. Standard cabin features offered on the 2014 Outback include manual temperature control (lower trims), dual-zone automatic climate control (Limited trim), manual tilt and telescopic steering column, 8-cup holders, 4 cargo tiedown hooks, driver side auto power window, and Overhead console with dual map lights. Heated front seats are available only on Premium and higher trims.

Model

2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2014 Honda CR-V LX

2014 Ford Escape SE

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.8/56.3/43.0

41.3/58.6/41.3

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.1/57.5/41.0

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

39.3/56.1/37.8

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.0/55.3/36.8

39.0/55.5/39.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

34.3

37.2

34.3

34.1

In terms of passenger volume, the Outback stays on top, whereas the last one is CX-5. Meanwhile, CR-V and Escape share almost the same passenger volume. That said, the Outback has the biggest rear headroom, but CR-V has the roomiest front headroom and rear legroom. In terms of cargo capacity, CR-V has the top place, and all the other SUVs have the cargo capacity in a similar ballpark. Major interior features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel 
  • Keyless entry and ignition (optional)
  • auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • 35/65 split-folding reclining rear seats
  • 2-position driver’s seat memory (optional)
  • Paddle shifters (optional)

How intuitive is the 2014 car’s infotainment unit?

The base trim doesn’t get any infotainment screen, but 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims have a 4.3-inch LCD display. You can access the 7-inch touchscreen which is given on all trims except the base one under the optional Navigation System Package. This package also adds a Navigation system, voice control, and Aha connected service. Some standard features offered on the 2014 Outback are a 4-speaker sound system, AUX jack, Bluetooth, and a USB port. SiriusXM, HD radio, a 9-speaker Harman Kardon system is offered on higher trims. Major infotainment features include:

  • 4.3-inch LCD display
  • CD player
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • 7-inch touchscreen (optional)
  • Subaru STARLINK system with Aha connected service (optional)
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio

2014 Subaru Outback Exterior

7.0/10

The exterior styling of the 2014 Outback is bold and aggressive. At the front, Projector-beam low-beam and multi-reflector high-beam headlights are given as standard, while the black-finish headlight inner bezels are optional. The front grille with gray-finish slats increases the appeal of the Outback. Front underguards are given as available dealer-installed accessories. The 2014 Outback has standard 16-inch steel wheels, but as you jump in the trim range, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are given. The Base trim does not get the optional Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof, but it does have optional fog lights. Heated mirrors are standard on the Premium and higher trims.

Model

2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2014 Honda CR-V LX

2014 Ford Escape SE

2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,459

3,305

3,515

3,375

Length (in.)

189.0

178.3

178.1

179.3

Width (in.)

71.7

71.6

72.4

72.4

Height (in.)

65.8

64.7

66.3

67.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7

6.3

7.9

8.5

Wheelbase (in.)

107.9

103.1

105.9

106.3

The 2014 Outback is the heaviest and longest car in the segment, but it also has the highest ground clearance. Meanwhile, the CX-5 is the tallest and CR-V is the shortest SUV. The CR-V also has the lowest ground clearance and the shortest wheelbase. Escape, on the other hand, has balanced exterior dimensions which fit between Outback and CR-V. Major exterior features are:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Roof rails
  • Crossbars
  • Folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals (optional)
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Power moonroof (optional)
  • Driver’s door unlock/lock touch sensor (optional)

2014 Subaru Outback Safety

9.7/10

The 2014 Outback has class-leading safety ratings by the NHTSA and IIHS. NHTSA has given an overall 5-star safety to the 2014 Outback, whereas IIHS has assigned a ’Good’ rating in nearly all crashworthiness tests and a ‘ Superior’ rating in the crash prevention test. Additionally, Outback has managed to earn the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ award from IIHS this year as well.

The base trim has all the necessary active and passive safety features, but it is severely lacking some advanced driver assistance functions given under the EyeSight driver-assist system. As you go up in the trim ladder, the optional eyesight driver-assist system will add features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management, pre-collision braking system, lane departure, and sway warning. Major safety features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Backup camera
  • Brake assist
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Pre-collision braking system (optional)

2014 Subaru Outback Final Verdict

The 2014 Subaru Outback is a mixed bag. It does have a spacious interior, but the infotainment system fails to impress. The exterior styling is good, but rivals like CX-5 provide better driving capabilities and fuel economy. The CR-V checks all the boxes and also has a big trunk. Lastly, Ford Escape is good at performance, but in other areas, the Outback has the lead. That said, you can either wait for the 2015 Outback, which is expected to have a full redesign, or you can go with CX-5 or CR-V in the segment.

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