2015 Subaru Outback


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Starting MSRP 

$24,895 - $32,995

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Key Spec of 2015 Subaru Outback
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


175 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Roomy cabin

Sluggish acceleration with the base engine

Fully redesigned for 2015 model year

Enhanced fuel economy

Noisy base engine

Impressive safety ratings

Dated infotainment system

2015 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 6, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Subaru Outback starts at an MSRP of $24,895 and offers updated exterior styling, better fuel economy, new drivetrain and enhanced safety features. The rugged wagon is powered by a 2.5-liter boxer engine in the 2.5i trim and the 3.6R trim is powered by a 3.6-liter boxer engine. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims offer an output of 175 horsepower, while the 3.6R Limited offers 256 horsepower. The towing capacity of the 2.5i and 3.6R trims is 2,700 pounds and 3,000 pounds respectively. 

2015 Subaru Outback For Sale 

Subaru refreshed the exterior styling, enhanced the safety features, and offered a new drivetrain for better gas mileage. The average list price of a used 2015 Outback ranges from $9,995-$30,000 depending on the odometer mileage, service history, condition and trim configuration. You might find a well-maintained Subaru Outback in good condition and less mileage for a good price. Subaru cars are made to last and provide a good value. 

2015 Subaru Outback Buying Advice

The 2015 Subaru Outback offers roomy seats, refreshed exterior aesthetics, and a comfortable ride on bad roads. It also offers many safety features and gets a symmetrical AWD drivetrain as standard. However, many customers have reported several problems with respect to the powertrain, ignition system, windshield and some other safety issues. Subaru had recalled the vehicles and rectified many of the issues. However, we would suggest going for 2018 Outback and above model years to be on safer side. 

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2015 Subaru Outback 

The 2015 Subaru Outback is powered by two different engines and available in four different trim configurations. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited are equipped with a 2.5-liter flat-four engine, while only the 3.6R Limited trim is equipped with a 3.6-liter flat-six engine. The 2015 Outback offers decent cargo space, interior space and can accommodate five passengers. Some capable rivals like Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 challenge this rugged wagon.

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#4 in Compact Suv

#6 in Suv

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Base$24,895 onwards

  • 17-inch steel Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite-Prep
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry

Premium$26,995 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite

Limited$29,995 onwards

  • 18-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Leather Seat trim


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2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback SUV

2.5i Premium

Est. $210/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,447.5 Below market
RMV: $19,947.5
Downingtown, PA
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2016 Subaru Outback
Price Drop, $400
Previous Price: $1596528 Jun 2022

2016 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $211/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,198 Below market
RMV: $19,763
Hayward, CA
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2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback SUV

2.5i Limited

Est. $221/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,295 Below market
RMV: $20,590
Mahopac, NY
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2014 Subaru Outback

2014 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $147/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,747 Below market
RMV: $13,622
Lehighton, PA
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2016 Subaru Outback

2016 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $196/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,615 Below market
RMV: $18,065
Ontario, CA
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2014 Subaru Outback

2014 Subaru Outback

4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $178/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,192 Below market
RMV: $16,309
Honolulu, HI
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2014 Subaru Outback

2014 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $190/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,382 Below market
RMV: $17,377
Hickory, NC
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2015 Subaru Outback
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $1800007 Jun 2022

2015 Subaru Outback Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,033 Below market
RMV: $21,033
Las Vegas, NV
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2015 Subaru OutbackHome Delivery
Price Drop, $1758
Previous Price: $1173909 Jul 2022

2015 Subaru Outback Limited

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,330 Below market
RMV: $12,311
Lake Odessa, MI
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Colors and Styles

2015 Subaru Outback in Ice Silver Metallic color
Ice Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2015 Subaru Outback is mainly available in three trims: Base, Premium and Limited. The Limited trim is further subdivided into two trims, courtesy of two engine options. The 2.5i trims are powered by flat-four engines, producing 175 hp. Similarly, only the 3.6R trim is equipped with a flat-six engine, producing 256 hp. The 2015 Outback has scored only 79 out of 100 in the J.D. Power Consumer Rating, while the quality and reliability score stands at 76 out of 100. Both the scores can be considered as “Average”.

The five-year cost of ownership of the 2015 Outback 2.5i is pretty much on the higher side for its segment, courtesy of higher maintenance costs. Subaru’s rugged wagon will depreciate by $9,261 after a period of five years and during the ownership fuel charges are estimated to be around $10,756. The maintenance charges are estimated to be $7,106 which are higher than some of its rivals. The insurance costs are calculated to be about $5,543 and the cost of ownership is bound to increase as one climbs up the trim levels


Subaru has priced the 2015 Outback considerably well, with prices starting at $24,895 for the 2.5i trim and going up to $32,995 for the 3.6R Limited trim. However, the base 2.5i trim must be avoided due to lack of features. Many desirable features are offered from 2.5i Premium trim onwards. If you need more performance and towing capacity then the 3.6R Limited with a 256 hp engine is the only option. The 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trim also offers better creature comforts.

2016 Subaru Outback Features

The Outback 2.5i comes with many features like 17-inch steel wheels, 6.2-inch multimedia screen, welcome lighting, AWD drivetrain, 12-volt in-dash and cargo outlets, and manually-adjustable front seats. With the 2.5i Premium trim, features like 10-way power-adjustable seats, 7.0-inch multimedia screen, All-Weather Package, fog lights, dual-zone climate control system and leather wrapped steering wheels are standard. The Limited trims offer 18-inch alloy wheels, premium audio system, power rear gate, and leather upholstery as standard. 

2015 Subaru Outback Wheels 


2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited






Key Features

2.5 Liter Flat-4 engine

Adds or replaces the features as in ‘2.5i’

Adds or replaces the features as in ‘2.5i Premium’

Adds or replaces the features as in ‘2.5i Limited’


Manually-adjustable front seats 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels 

3.5 Liter flat-6 engine


17-inch steel wheels

Fog lights

Power liftgate gate



Halogen headlights

Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof

Leather-trimmed upholstery

Navigation system


Cloth upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

Heated rear seats

Dual exhaust outlets 

60/40-split flat-folding rear seats

7-inch touchscreen

12 Harman Kardon GreenEdge speakers audio system

HID low-beam headlights 

Manual air conditioning

6-speaker sound system

Blind-spot monitoring


6.2-inch touchscreen

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Lane change assist


4-speaker audio system

Heated front seats

Rear cross-traffic alert


Cruise control

EyeSight driver-assist system

Keyless entry and push-button ignition


Hill descent control



Brake assist


Subaru offers multiple optional features for the 2.5i Premium trim like power rear gate with memory, power moonroof package, EyeSight driver-assist technology, multimedia with navigation system, blind-spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, while some features like keyless access with push button start and EyeSight driver-assist technology are available for the Limited trims.

Engine and Performance

The 2015 Subaru Outback is powered by the same 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter boxer engines as the previous model year. However, the power output of the 2.5-liter flat-four engine is improved by 2 hp to 175 hp, while the torque on offer is 174 lb-ft. The 3.6-liter flat-six engine continues to produce an output of 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. However, the six-speed manual transmission and five-speed automatic transmission from the previous model year is eliminated and only CVT is the available transmission. The maximum towing capacity with the 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter engines is 2,700 and 3,000 pounds respectively. 

2015 Subaru Outback Engine 

The CVT transmission is not the best but offers reasonable performance for quick maneuvers. The base 2.5-liter engine offers unexciting performance and the models equipped with it do a 0-60 mph sprint in 9.4 seconds and complete a quarter-mile drag in 17.2 seconds. If you are up for better numbers then the 3.6-liter flat-six engine must be your choice. The 3.6R Limited and 3.6R Touring models are capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and completing a quarter-mile drag in 15.6 seconds. 

2015 Subaru Outback 0-60 

The 2015 Outback gains from a quicker steering ratio, offering a shorter turning radius. It is quite manageable in urban conditions and the driving experience is very car-like. However, throw it around the corners and you'll understand that it’s not made for the same. Even the steering feedback is not adequate. However, the stiffer suspension setup can absorb most of the road undulations with ease. The standard AWD drivetrain helps in maintaining adequate traction on different road surfaces. The 2.5i and 3.6 R trims offer a top speed of 130 mph and 139 mph respectively.


2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport







2.5 Liter flat-4

2.4 Liter inline-4

2.5 Liter inline-4

2.5 Liter inline-4









6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic


175 hp @ 5800 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

184 hp @ 5700 rpm


174 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

181 ft-lbs. @ 3900 rpm

170 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

185 ft-lbs. @ 3250 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)





Quarter mile (mph)





Top speed (mph)


120 (est.)


125 (est.)

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 not only has impressive power figures but it is also the fastest in the segment. On the other hand, the Ford Escape has the lowest engine output which makes it accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds, similar to the Outback. The Honda CR-V is powered by the smallest engine in the comparision, yet it's about 0.5 second faster than the Outback. The top speeds of all the vehicles are also very similar. 

Fuel Economy

The 2015 Subaru Outback offers better efficiency as compared to previous model year. The 2.5-liter flat-four engine is EPA-estimated to deliver 25/32/28 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions. Even the 3.6-liter flat-six engine coupled with a CVT offers better gas mileage of 20/2722 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions. With a 18.5 gallon tank on all models, the Outback 2.5i and 3.6R trims offer a combined range of 518 miles and 407 miles respectively.


2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

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Range (City/Highway/Combined)





With the biggest fuel tank, the 2015 Outback offers the best range than any other rival in the competition. The Mazda CX-5 offers the least range, courtesy of smallest fuel tank. The Ford Escape offers the least fuel economy but owing to a slightly larger fuel tank, delivers better range than the XC-5. The Honda CR-V offers almost same gas mileage to the Outback but owing to a smaller fuel tank, cannot beat the Outback at maximum range on a full tank. 


As compared to the 2014 model year, the 2015 Outback’s interior feels more upmarket and elegant. Even the center storage bin is redesigned to hold larger electronic devices. Subaru has utilized soft touch plastics over the dashboard and door panels. The door armrests and the center panel armrests are better cushioned to offer enhanced comfort. The base trim lacks some creature comforts but higher trims offer heated steering, powered driver’s seat and premium leather upholstery as standard.

2015 Subaru Outback

Subaru offers the interior cloth and leather upholstery in different colors like Slate Black and Warm Ivory for the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. The front and rear seats are supportive and the rear seats accommodate three passengers with decent comfort, and even the rear legroom is adequate for comfort on long journeys. With the power moonroof, the passenger volume is limited to 104.5 cu-ft and 108.1 cu-ft with no moonroof. 

2015 Subaru Outback Rear Seating 

 With all seats in place, the cargo capacity is limited to 35.5 cu-ft. However, the rear 60/40 seat back can be folded down completely, extending the cargo space to 73.3 cu-ft. In-cabin storage solutions are also plenty, with seatback pockets, door pockets, and other cubbies for small-item storage. Other convenience features include heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, etc. 


2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

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





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Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)





The interior of the 2015 Outback offers more headroom, hiproom, and legroom. Even the passenger space and cargo space are increased for enhanced practicality. The Outback offers maximum trunk volume, followed by Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.  However, the maximum rear seat legroom is offered by Mazda CX-5 followed by Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback and Ford Escape. Thw wagon profile of the Outback helps with easy loading and unloading of articles with different shapes and sizes in the trunk. 

2015 Subaru Outback Infotainment System 

Subaru has improvised the infotainment system as well and now offers larger screens than its predecessor. A 6.2-inch multimedia touchscreen display is standard with the 2.5i trim. The rest of the trims get a larger 7.0-inch screen. However, both the touch screens offer dated graphics and Subaru’s StarLink interface does not help either with slow touch response from these screens. The Premium and Limited trims get access to navigation as an optional feature. Some features like Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, 4-speaker audio system, and USB port/iPod control are standard. The Limited trims get access to a 576-watt, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. However, there is no support of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on any of the trims. 

Some of the key interior features are: 

  • Heated front seats 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional)
  • Keyless entry and push-button ignition (optional)
  • Aha infotainment and Pandora smartphone integration
  • Navigation system (optional).

The 2015 Subaru Outback is redesigned completely and looks more modern than ever. Some might not call it an aesthetically-pleasing vehicle or modern in anyway. However, the headlamps are sharper than before and a small hexagonal chrome grille with Subaru logo looks subtle. The front fascia seems to be inspired from the Legacy sedan. The front bumper looks rugged and fog lights are offered as standard from the Premium trim itself. The side profile is unexciting to be honest and absence of any sharp angles or curves, makes it undistinctive. 

2015 Subaru Outback Exterior 

The 2015 Outback offers two different wheel sizes: 17-inch and 18-inch. The 17-inch and 18-inch steel and aluminum alloy wheels are wrapped around 225/65 R17 and 225/60 R18 tires respectively. The roof rails and chrome window trim uplifts the overall styling. The rear profile is bland but 3.6R Limited trim offers dual exhaust outlets. The 2015 Outback gets different exterior colors like Black Silica, Red Pearl, Brown Pearl, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Blue Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Carbide Gray, Laps Blue, White Pearl and Wilderness Green Metallic.  


2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

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The 2015 Subaru Outback comes with slightly enlarged dimensions, making it the longest midsize crossover in the segment. The Escape with the is the shortest SUV in the comparison. The 2015 Subaru Outback boasts very good ground clearance, making it more off-road compatible. The Honda CR-V has the least height, width, and wheelbase which makes it more agile. Lastly, the CX-5 is the lightest one which gives it the edge in outright performance. The Outback sits on a longer wheelbase, improving its high speed stability. 

Some of the key exterior features are: 

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Power liftgate (optional)
  • Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof (optional)
  • Fog lights 
  • Steering-responsive fog lights (available)
  • Roof rails with retractable crossbars. 

The 2015 Subaru Outback is a well-built and rugged utility vehicle. The IIHS awarded the Subaru Outback with a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest score of ‘Good’ in all five individual crash test categories. The NHTSA also gave the 2015 Outback a perfect five-star overall rating. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. Thus, the impeccable safety quotient of this practical wagon cannot be doubted and kudos to Subaru for offering superior safety features at this price point. 

2015 Subaru Outback EyeSight Driver-Assist Technology

The Outback is equipped with basic features such as ABS, ESC, airbag system, rearview camera, and tire pressure monitor as standard. Some features like blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and Eyesight driver-assist system which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management, pre-collision braking, lane departure, and sway warning, are on offer from 2.5i Premium or higher trims only .However, the good thing is that a high-resolution rear-vision camera is standard across all the trims. 

Some of the key safety features are: 

  • Cruise control
  • Hill descent control
  • Brake assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring (Optional)
  • Rear-cross traffic alerts (Optional)
  • Eyesight driver-assist system (Optional)

2015 Subaru Outback vs 2015 Honda CR-V

The 2015 Subaru Outback is all-new, featuring redesigned exterior design and spacius interior. The Honda CR-V is also equally attractive and offers slightly better performance as well. The cargo space is very similar in both, so is the rear seat legroom. 

2015 Honda CR-V

Both are quite efficient, but the Outback with its larger fuel tank offers very good range. With a higher ground clearance and AWD as standard, the Subaru Outback is a versatile offering with practicality and off-road compatability. 

2015 Subaru Outback vs 2015 Ford Escape 

The 2015 Ford Escape is quite compact in comparison to the Outback wagon. The 2015 Outback offers better cargo space and rear seat legroom. It is also more fuel efficient than the Escape. 

2015 Ford Escape 

The Escape is lighter than the Outback and offers slightly better performance. However, with better practicality and off-road performance, the Outback is priced similarly to the Ford Escape, making it a value for money option. 

2015 Subaru Outback vs 2015 Mazda CX-5 

The Mazda CX-5 offers better performance and is more powerful than the Outback. The Outback offers beter fuel economy and better range, owing to larger fuel tank. The Mazda CX-5 offers slightly better rear seat legroom. 

2015 Mazda CX-5 

The 2015 Subaru Outback offers better cargo space and with higher ground clearance, is more off-road capable than the CX-5. The interior of the CX-5 is well-built and looks premium. The Outback offers a more functional cabin. 

Final Verdict

Apart from being slow on its feet, the 2015 Subaru Outback is an astounding crossover that checks all the boxes. Though there is tough competition from rivals such as CR-V, the redesigned wagon offers beter practicality and off-road capability. However, the wagon profile is not for everyone. The 2015 Outback offers improved fuel economy, better interior space and passenger volume. It also offers impeccable safety with advanced safety features and its rugged build quality is something to consider, if you are planning to buy one. At its price point, there are not many rivals that can offer an equally good value. 




vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

152 cu in

horse power

175 hp @ 5800 rpm


174 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


6 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual


189.6 in


108.1 in


72.4 in

curb weight

3593 lbs


66.1 in

Ground Clearance

8.7 lbs

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft

cargo volume

73.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

25/28/32 mpg

highway range

592.00 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Subaru Outback 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $43,713
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,872$1,528$1,118$714$222$5,454
Taxes and Fees$2,520$172$183$182$141$3,198
Total Cost-To-Own$11,230$7,913$7,335$9,638$7,597$43,713
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