The new 2015 Subaru Outback was introduced at the New York Auto Show, where Subaru proclaimed that this is the “roomiest, most capable Outback ever.” When it goes on sale this summer, it will also be the most expensive Outback ever.
Coming in at a $1,425 premium over the 2014 model year, the 2015 Subaru Outback will carry an MSRP of $25,745. Even at this higher price point, though, the 2015 Subaru Outback is still a bargain compared to crossover wagons like the Volvo XC70 and Audi Allroad.
This price increase is likely due to the fact that the 2015 Outback does away with a manual gearbox in the base model, which leaves Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) – previously a $1,000 option – as the standard fitment. Subaru points out that the base Outback 2.5i also adds more standard features including the automaker’s latest infotainment system displayed on a 6.2-inch touch screen display and a four-speaker audio system capable of playing HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming and apps such Aha and Pandora.
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Like the base model, the 2015 Outback 2.5i Premium also loses its manual transmission, but it brings a more modest price jump of just $225 with a starting price of $27,845. This trim level adds the All-Weather Package, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a bigger seven-inch infotainment screen with upgraded features like six speakers, SiriusXM radio, hands-free text message connectivity and a vehicle information display. The Outback 2.5i Premium can also be equipped with options including the EyeSight driver-assistance technology, navigation and a power liftgate.
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Moving up to the Outback 2.5i Limited brings a $30,845 price tag as well as standard amenities like leather interior, 18-inch wheels, a 12-speaker harman/kardon audio system, power liftgate and the Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System. Rounding out the 2015 Subaru Outback lineup is the Outback 3.6R Limited with its 256-horsepower Boxer six-cylinder engine and $33,845 MSRP. This is an increase of $925 over the 2014 model year, and includes all of the goodies as the 2.5i Limited plus HID headlights and dual stainless exhaust outlets.
Fully loaded with moonroof, keyless start, navigation and EyeSight, the 2015 Subaru Outback maxes out at $36,835, which is still about $4,000 less than the 2014 Audi Allroad.