Subaru updates Outback wagon for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Now well into its fourth generation, the Subaru Outback has been updated for the 2013 model year. Noticeable exterior enhancements include new headlights and fog lights, a new front bumper and a new front grille. The 2013 Outback's body structure, steering and suspension have also been improved to deliver a smoother and quieter ride. Additionally, a thicker rear sway bar and increased spring and damper rates help to reduce the new Outback's body roll by as much as 40 percent and help to deliver a more responsive driving experience.

The 2013 Outback can be had with either a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine or a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder boxer engine. The 2.5-litre engine comes in the Outback 2.5i and delivers 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, up a little from the previous version's 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5i can be had with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or Subaru's second-generation Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 3.6-litre engine comes in the Outback 3.6R and pumps out 256 horsepower. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission which can be controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Of course, as was the case before, all 2013 Outbacks feature standard all-wheel-drive.

Standard equipment on the 2013 Outback includes such features as a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with streaming audio, a USB port, an electronic parking brake and a hill holder system, which keeps the vehicle in place when stopped on a hill until the driver presses the accelerator pedal. 2013 Outback Premium models add a range of upscale equipment including a 10-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-shifter, plus 17-inch alloys. Premium 2.5i models also get the automatic CVT transmission as standard equipment. In top-specification Limited trim, the updated Outback includes such luxury features as perforated leather upholstery, a 440-watt harman/kardon premium audio package as well as available voice-activated GPS navigation and a rear vision camera.

One of the most significant Subaru features available for 2013 is the EyeSight driver-assist system, which debuts on the 2013 Outback and Legacy models. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning. The system uses a stereo camera with a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems according to Subaru. In addition to identifying obstacles in front of the vehicle such as pedestrians and other vehicles, Eyesight is even capable of bringing the 2013 Outback to a complete stop. Other notable technologies for 2013 include vehicle dynamics control, and a four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.

The updated Subaru Outback wagon debuted at the New York International Auto Show along with the Legacy sedan, which has also been updated for 2013.
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Topics: Wagon, Subaru, 2013, Outback, Midsize,

Organizations: Subaru

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