Subaru of America, Inc. debuted the 2023 Outback at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The legendary SUV receives updated styling along with new safety and in-vehicle technologies. Also new for 2023, the Onyx Edition trim level will be available with two engine options.
For the 2023 model year, the Subaru Outback will be available in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Wilderness, Limited and Touring trim levels when it arrives at Subaru retailers this fall. The XT and Wilderness models come standard with the powerful 2.4-litre turbo engine. Additionally, a new wide-angle mono camera is added to Touring models.
The Outback range (with the exception of the recently released Wilderness) receives a bolder look thanks to a new front fascia incorporating a more prominent grille; redesigned LED headlights and fog lights; and a sturdier front bumper cover. On the sides, the widened wheel arch liner adds to the vehicle’s bolder new look while providing additional protection.
The 2023 Subaru Outback comes standard with the latest version of EyeSight driver assistance technology. The improved system operates smoother and in a wider range of conditions. These improvements are due to a wider field of vision, updated control software and the addition of an electric brake booster.
The top-level Touring trim adds a wide-angle mono camera that works with the dual-camera EyeSight system. The additional camera further widens the field of view to recognize pedestrians and bicycles earlier when the vehicle enters an intersection at low speed. EyeSight provides an alert to the driver and, if necessary, applies the brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bicycles and pedestrians. Also new for Touring is a smart LCD rearview mirror complete with auto-dimming, compass and Homelink®.
On models equipped with Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, EyeSight includes automatic emergency steering. The new feature works in conjunction with the Pre-Collision Braking System to help avoid a collision at speeds below 80 km/h.
ONYX EDITION UPDATES
The Onyx Edition is now available with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine. The Onyx Edition features black-finished exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels and badging, and an exclusive two-tone gray interior. Plus, the seats are wrapped in durable, water-repellent StarTex® material. The Onyx edition builds on the Premium version and adds the hands-free electric gate; front view monitor; X-MODE dual mode; and full size spare tire.
PERFORMANCE AND CAPACITY
The 2023 Subaru Outback offers the optimal blend of SUV capabilities and car-like ride and handling with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control. Ground clearance of 8.7 inches (9.5 inches for Wilderness) is higher than many SUVs, but the Outback maintains a comfortably low entry height for front and rear passenger entry.
Standard on XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine delivers robust overall performance with 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Meanwhile, the standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter BOXER develops 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
All 2023 Outback models are mated to a Lineartronic CVT that has an 8-speed manual mode feature with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers around 23/30 mpg city/highway and weighs 3,500 lbs. towing capacity, the highest of any Outback in history. The 2.5-liter achieves up to around 33 mpg and a range of over 600 miles on a single tank.
STRUCTURE AND SECURITY
Introduced for 2017, the Subaru Global Platform has been optimized for the Outback, with a structure that is 70% stiffer in torsion and front suspension. It is also 100% stiffer in front lateral flex and rear subframe stiffness compared to the previous Outback’s platform. Crash protection is improved as the new body absorbs over 40% more energy in frontal/side collisions than the previous model. When an accident is unavoidable, the Subaru Outback protects the driver and passengers with eight standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Subaru expects the 2023 Outback to earn top safety ratings when tested later this year, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.
Standard EyeSight driver assistance technology includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, which provides steering assistance when the vehicle veers out of its lane, helping the driver maintain a direct path . The DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System uses a dedicated infrared camera and facial recognition technology to identify signs of driver fatigue or distraction and provides audible and visual warnings to alert the driver and passengers. Other driver assistance technologies available include reverse automatic braking; and EyeSight Assist Monitor with head-up display.
An available Front View Monitor captures images in the driver’s blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch screen, providing safety and assistance when checking road conditions, parking and off-road driving.
COMFORT, CONVENIENCE AND VERSATILITY
All trim levels come with power door, window and mirror locks; Welcome lighting; Sound insulation windscreen; and one-touch folding rear seats. Upgrading to Premium adds the All-Weather package; a 10-way power front driver’s seat with lumbar support; and LED rear door lighting. The Limited trim gets keyless entry with push-button start and heated rear seats (outboard position). The Touring version adds ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel (360 degrees) to its list of standard features.
For powering and pairing personal devices, Outback provides front and rear USB A ports and two 12-volt DC power outlets as standard. Front and rear USB C ports are added to the Premium version and above.
With a load floor length of 75 inches with the rear seatbacks folded down, the 2023 Outback offers up to 75.6 cubic feet of cargo. And with a wide rear door opening, the Subaru Outback can comfortably accommodate long items such as camping gear, golf clubs or strollers. For added convenience when loading the vehicle, an available hands-free power tailgate allows the owner to open the tailgate by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem (positioned in the center of the rear tailgate) and a one-touch lift cargo lid facilitates access. For additional cargo versatility, the Outback offers standard roof rails with integrated, retractable tie-down points and crossbars. Outback Wilderness retains its stronger roof rails which allow for roof tent capability.
The exterior of the Subaru Outback emphasizes toughness and functionality while evoking a sense of adventure. For 2023, the Outback lineup (except Wilderness) gets a new front fascia that includes an aggressive front bumper cover; larger grille; and redesigned LED headlights and fog lights. The wheel arch cladding has been updated to improve functionality.
The interior design uses a wide windshield and long lines running from the center of the dashboard to the door panels to create an open environment. The tablet-style 11.6-inch Full HD central information display (7.0-inch dual screen on base) offers direct touch controls for multimedia, HVAC, X-MODE and vehicle settings.
The premium Touring trim builds on luxurious appointments inside and out, including new black Nappa leather with beige accent stitching, high-gloss black pillar moldings, door handles decorated with chrome and satin side mirrors.
SUBARU ON-BOARD TECHNOLOGY
The 2023 Subaru Outback debuts the latest version of the 11.6-inch STARLINK plus infotainment system with standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto with full-screen display. The system features a high-resolution 11.6-inch touchscreen with combination meter integration and enhanced on-screen controls for audio, HVAC, X-MODE and vehicle functions. Additional standard features include the new Valet Mode; Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming connectivity; AM/FM stereo; rear view camera; SiriusXM® All-Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link® (free 4-month subscriptions); HD Radio®; and live updates.
The 11.6-inch multimedia navigation system includes voice-activated navigation powered by the latest version of TomTom® and SiriusXM Travel Link (3-year free subscription).
The 2023 Outback is the first vehicle in the Subaru model line to feature what3words (W3W), an innovative location-based technology that provides an easy way to communicate precise locations using just three simple words. W3W has divided the world into a grid of 10ft squares and given each square a unique combination of three words – a what3words address. Customers can navigate to and share trailheads, scenic lookouts, and other hard-to-find places with pinpoint accuracy in just three words. This feature is standard on models equipped with the 11.6-inch STARLINK multimedia navigation system.
The Outback is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette, Indiana along with the Ascent, Impreza and Legacy.