Subaru Outback Overview
While it seems most wagons have been replaced by crossovers and hatchbacks in the US, Subaru has kept the wagon alive and well in the form of the Subaru Outback. Not to be confused with the steakhouse, the Outback has been a successful road-worthy wagon with a dash of off-road capability for the last 21 years. Today, we’re taking a look at the Subaru Outback through the years to see how this incredible wagon has evolved since the 1995 model year.
Subaru Outback Through the Years
1st Generation (1995 – 1999)
- The Outback station wagon debuted in the US in 1994 as a 1995 model.
- The first engine in the Outback was a 2.2L 4-cylinder engine.
- Since day 1, every Subaru Outback has had AWD.
- It was initially a derivative of the Subaru Legacy, and it was referred to as the Legacy Outback in most markets.
- The Outback offered side body cladding, raised suspension, and increased cargo space over the Legacy.
2nd Generation (2000 – 2004)
- In the 2000 model year, Subaru refreshed the design slightly, with rounded sculpting and larger headlamps.
- Very few mechanical or dimensional changes were made.
- Subaru replaced the 2.2L engine with a 2.5L 4-cylinder, and added a 3.0L 6-cylinder
3rd Generation (2005 – 2009)
- A Subaru Outback Sedan was both offered and discontinued in North America during this generation.
- A new 2-part grille was added mid-generation.
- Subaru added an optional turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine.
- By the end of the generation, the Outback established itself as one of the safest vehicles in its class.
4th Generation (2010 – 2014)
- Exterior design shifted significantly, with more SUV styling and less wagon styling
- Subaru added a 3-slot chrome grille, with the Subaru logo at the top of the grille.
- Subaru replaced the 3.0L 6-cylinder with a 3.6L 6-cylinder.
- The Outback gained Subaru Eyesight during this generation, giving it the latest and greatest in safety tech.
5th Generation (2015 – )
- Today, the Subaru Outback offers an updated grille, more dynamic sculpting, and more modern design cues than it ever has.
- Continuously variable transmission is now standard.
- Manual gear boxes are no longer available.
- Notable features include two-position driver’s seat memory settings, power tailgate, air filtration, windshield deicer, emergency SOS services, and more.
Subaru Outback Fast Facts
- Comedian Daniel Tosh and musician Dave Matthews have both allegedly driven Subaru Outbacks.
- Some international markets still refer to this vehicle as the Subaru Legacy Outback.
- Subaru offered a smaller Subaru Outback Sport from model years 1995 – 2011, based on the Subaru Legacy. This vehicle was eventually replaced by the XV Crosstrek.