The 2023 Subaru Outback lands in New York with a new look and added technology

The Subie’s mid-cycle facelift left a scowling face. Do you like the new aggressiveness of the design?


An updated 2023 Subaru Outback rolls into the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, and the wagon-like crossover SUV gets a new look plus updated cabin and safety tech.

With the exception of Subaru’s recently introduced Wilderness off-road variant, all 2023 Outbacks receive a comprehensive facelift that includes a larger grille, redesigned front bumper, and new LED headlights and fog lights. The revised front looks more assertive and SUV-like than before, with unique contrasting U-shaped air intake trims hugging the front bumper. These features echo the distinctive black plastic trim on Subaru’s new Solterra electric SUVbut the Outback’s treatment looks less likely to be controversial as that model’s redesigned wheel arch trim remains separate and distinct.

Either way, updates to advanced driver assistance systems will undoubtedly be much less confrontational. Notable changes include a new wide-angle mono camera on the top-end Touring model. This new unit works with existing dual-camera EyeSight hardware to improve peripheral detection of cyclists and pedestrians. Touring models also get a new LCD rear view mirror.

Inside, there’s a newly available digital rearview mirror as well as an updated infotainment system.


Even if you don’t splurge on Touring spec, models that are equipped with optional Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert get optional steering. automatic emergency. The EyeSight-based system works with the automatic braking function to avoid potential accidents at speeds below 80 km/h.

In terms of cabin tech, an updated version of Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system can be accessed through the 11.6-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen. New features include a navigation system that integrates What Three Words geolocation technology (especially useful when traveling off-road) and there is wireless Apple Car Play and Android-Auto integration too. A valet mode is also new for 2023.

The performance of the all-wheel-drive SUV should remain essentially unchanged, with the base, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four again producing 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque while hitting 33 miles per gallon (quite for one leg traversing 600 miles of range). XT models continue to feature Subie’s 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine producing 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of regular fuel. These more powerful models are expected to deliver 23 mpg city and 30 highway – EPA estimates unchanged from the 2022 model year. Still as before, Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission is standard, with a manual mode at eight reports. Last year’s mid-range Onyx Edition returns with an additional engine choice, the base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four.

Although pricing has yet to be released for the Indiana-built 2023 Subaru Outback, this capable, updated SUV shouldn’t stray too far from current model year pricing when it arrives this fall. Today’s base 2022 Outback starts at $28,320 and prices go up to $38,870 for the Touring trim before options (all prices include a $1,175 destination charge).