2015 Subaru Outback

MSRP $24,895

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2015 Subaru Outback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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There are five trims and two engine options are given on the 2015 Subaru Outback. It is one of the safest family midsize crossover available in the market. Acceleration is not the forte of the base engine but you will have a stable and comfortable ride during your normal commute. The 2015 Subaru Outback goes against opponents such as Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Mazda CX-5.

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Pros

Roomy cabin

High fuel economy

Impressive safety ratings

Cons

Sluggish acceleration with the base engine

No drivetrain option

What's New?

Fully redesigned for 2015


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24895

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

108.1 in.

length

189.6 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3593 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

73.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

2700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/33 mpg

highway range

610.5 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$24,895 onwards

2.5i$24,895 onwards

2.5i PZEV$25,195 onwards

2.5i premium$26,995 onwards

2.5i premium PZEV$27,295 onwards

2.5i limited$29,995 onwards

2.5i limited PZEV$30,295 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Subaru Outback in Alien Green color
Alien 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

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Subaru has given full resign to the Outback this year which adds upgraded interior, refreshed exterior, and more efficient powertrain. The fuel economy has also improved since last year.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 Subaru Outback Features

8.0/10

There are five trims available on the 2015 Subaru Outback. The base trim has a starting price of $24,895 whereas the topmost trim costs $32,995. All trims have a standard 2.5L flat-6 engine but the topmost 3.6R Limited trim comes with the 3.6L flat-6 engine. AWD is standard throughout the 2015 Outback’s trim range just like other models. The 3.6R Limited trim shares all of its features with the 2.5i Limited trim except the bigger engine and High-Torque Continuously Variable Transmission.

The base trim is equipped with standard features such as cloth seats, manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel, day and night rearview mirror, 17-inch steel wheels, 6.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 4-speaker audio system. The Premium trims upgrades the infotainment screen size and number of the speaker. It also adds the optional EyeSight Driver Assist System and aluminum wheels. The Limited trim increases the music listening experience with the Harman Kardon audio system and gives leather seats for comfort.

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 (AWD)

$24,895

$26,995

$29,995

$32,995

Key Features

2.5 Liter Flat-4 engine

Adds or replaces or remain same as in ‘2.5i’

Adds or replaces or remain same as in ‘2.5i Premium’

Adds or replaces or remain same as in ‘2.5i Limited’

 

CVT

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

HCVT

 

Halogen headlights

Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof

Leather-trimmed upholstery

Navigation system

 

Cloth upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

Heated rear seats

 
 

60/40-split flat-folding rear seats

7-inch touchscreen

12 Harman Kardon GreenEdge speakers audio system

 
 

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

SiriusXM

   
 

Brake assist

     

We Recommend

Premium trim would be our pick for you, Not only does it adds the EyeSight driver-assistance system but also a bigger better infotainment system, aluminum-alloy wheels, and other features such as heated front seats. Therefore, you can go with cost reasonable Premium trim without any worry.

2015 Subaru Outback Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There are two engine options given on the 2015 Subaru Outback. A 2.5 liter naturally aspirated flat-4 engine can be found under all 2.5i Limited and lower trims. It churns out 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled with the CVT and the power gets transferred to all the wheels. With this setup 2015 Outback Sprints from 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds.

A 3.6 liter naturally aspirated flat-6 engine is reserved for the 3.6R Limited trim and it churns out 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. If we talk about the driving experience, the acceleration is slugging but the rest of the story ain’t that sad. The drive is comfortable and stable. The steering wheels are precise and revised suspension tuning makes it easy to handle. 

Model

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

MSRP

$24,895

$24,695

$23,450

$24,395

Engine

2.5 Liter flat-4

2.4 Liter inline-4

2.5 Liter inline-4

2.5 Liter inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

Power

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

184 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

174 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

181 ft-lbs. @ 3900 rpm

170 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

185 ft-lbs. @ 3250 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.2

8.5

9.4

7.8

Quarter mile (mph)

17.1

16.7

17.2

16.0

Top speed (mph)

115 (est.)

120 (est.)

NA

125 (est.)

From the above table, it is clear that CX-5 not only has impressive power figures but it is also the fastest in the segment. On the other hand, Escape has the lowest engine output which makes it accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds. Lastly, CR-V has the smallest engine in the competition but the power figures are not disappointing. It does the 0-60 mph in 0.7 seconds faster than the Outback.

2015 Subaru Outback Fuel Economy

6.0/10

As per the EPA evaluation, we can say that the 2015 Subaru Outback is the most fuel-efficient crossover in the competition. Because of the revised CVT, an active grille shutter has improved the fuel economy since last year. 2015 Outback returns 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. That said since Outback is offered only in AWD drivetrain, there is no other set of EPA fuel economy estimates like fellow rivals. 

Model

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

MPG (city)

25

26

22

24

MPG (Highway)

33

33

31

30

MPG (Combined)

28

28

25

26

Fuel Capacity

18.2

15.3

15.5

14.8

Range (City/hwy)

455/601

398/505

341/481

370/474

With the biggest fuel tank, Outback gives better range than any other rival in the competition while the smallest tank belongs to the CX-5 which returns 24/30/26 mp in city/highway/combined respectively. Most thirsty engine possessed by the Escape which returns 2 and 3 mpg less in the city and combined as compared to the Outback. CR-V has the least thirsty engine of all but its fuel tank capacity is 2.9 gallons less than what Outback offers.

2015 Subaru Outback Interior

7.0/10

After the current year’s redesign, 2015 Subaru is more spacious and comfy compared to last year’s model. A Silver metallic accent trim can be found on the door and dash on the base trim but you can have the Woodgrain-patterned accent trim instead on the Limited trim. Seats are covered in cloth upholstery which can be upgraded to leather-trimmed upholstery on higher trims. The steering wheel and gear shifter handle have a leather covering on Premium and higher trims.

Compared to last year, shoulder and rear legroom are more spacious but there is a decrease in the front legroom. The base trim has the 6-way manual adjustment for the driver seat which can be upgraded to the 10-way power adjustment with memory function and lumbar support on higher trim. The passenger seat has a 4-way manual adjustment despite trim level. Heard seats are given on the premium trim whereas higher trims also get the rear seats. The rear seats can fold in a 40/60 pattern which increases the cargo capacity which is enough for an adult to easily sleep as they do on bed.

Model

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.8/58.1/42.9

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.1/57.5/41.0

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

38.9/57.3/38.1

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.0/55.3/36.8

39.0/55.5/39.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

35.5

35.2

34.3

34.1

2015 Outback wears the crown as it is the most spacious SUV in the competition with a passenger volume of 108.1 cu-ft. The CR-V is next in line with the passenger volume of 104.1 cu-ft but it has the smallest rear legroom in the competition. Furthermore, with 103.8 cu-ft of passenger volume, CX-5 is third in the race but with a passenger volume of 98.1 cu-ft Escape is the most congested SUV in the segment. Coming to the cargo capacity, Subaru and all the rivals are in a similar ballpark. However, Subaru has the biggest cargo space which is about 1.2 cu-ft more than the last year.

The standard interior features offered on the 2015 outback include manual air conditioning, 8-cup holders, welcome lighting, overhead console with dual map lights, manually adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column, and cargo-area underfloor storage tray. Major interior features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Heated front seats (available)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (available)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional)
  • Keyless entry and push-button ignition (optional)
  • Homelink (optional)
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel column
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel (available)

How intuitive is the 2015 Subaru Outback’s infotainment unit?

2015 Outback has a standard 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen and 4-speaker audio system on the base trim whereas a 7-inch touchscreen and 6-speaker sound system is given on Premium and higher trims. You can also get the 12- Harman Kardon GreenEdge speakers audio system with including a center dash speaker, subwoofer, and amplifier on higher trims. Some other standard features include HD radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, aux jack, iHeart radio, and Pandora app integration. 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited have an optional navigation system.

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • 7-inch touchscreen (available)
  • 4-speaker audio
  • SiriusXM (available)
  • Aha infotainment and Pandora smartphone integration
  • Navigation system (optional)

2015 Subaru Outback Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior design of 2015 is not only sharper but taller, wider, and longer than the last year’s model. At the front, Outback has a new grille with a chrome surround. There are two defined body lines on the hood that starts with a grille and merges into the windscreen. On the side, Subaru has removed most of the body cladding to make it look more elegant. There is a chrome trim surrounding the side windows. On the backside, the design is much more simple. 2015 Subaru Outback has standard 17-inch steel wheels but you can get 17-inch silver-finished aluminum wheels on Premium trim and 18-inch gray machined-finish aluminum wheels on the 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trim. Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof is optional on Premium and higher trims. The base trim gets manual-folding outside mirrors while the heated outside mirror is reserved for upper trims. 

Model

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

2015 Honda CR-V LX

2015 Ford Escape S

2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,593

3,479

3,598

3,415

Length (in.)

189.6 

179.4

178.1

179.3

Width (in.)

72.4

71.6

72.4

72.4

Height (in.)

66.1

65.1

66.3

67.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7

NA

7.9

8.5

Wheelbase (in.)

108.1

103.1

105.9

106.3

2015 Outback after the redesign has gotten slightly bigger in size which makes it the longest midsize crossover in the segment while the Escape with the 11 inches difference is the shortest one among the bunch. High ground clearance of the Outback will certainly be helpful on the uneven roads while Escape has the least ground clearance of all, making the off-road drive a little comfy. 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 performance. Major exterior features are:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Power liftgate (optional)
  • Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof (optional)
  • Fog lights (available)
  • halogen headlights
  • Steering-responsive fog lights
  • Roof rails with retractable crossbars and tie-downs

2015 Subaru Outback Safety

8.0/10

Subaru is known for making cars that are filled with safety features and possess a tough chassis that ensures that passengers are safe during the actual collision and safety ratings from the NHTSA and IIIHS are evident of that. NHTSA has given an overall 5-star rating to the 2015 Outback. If we break it down further, Outback has scored perfectly in all tests except the rollover resistance where it has 4 stars out of 5. That said, IIHS has awarded Outback with the ‘Good’ ratings in all crashworthiness tests and it also crowned the proud child of Subaru with the ‘top safety pic+’ plus award. However, the same award is also given to the 2015 Honda CR-V.

2015 is equipped with basic features such as ABS, ESC, airbag system, rearview camera, and tire pressure monitor but if you want 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, you will have to select the Premium or higher trims. Major 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 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 overall Subaru Outback comes out as the more reasonable choice. Therefore, you can bring home the newly redesigned Outback and let your garage shine.

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