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Subaru Debuts 2023 Outback With Revised Face, Updated Tech, But Not Much Else

Subaru has revealed the 2023 Outback at the New York auto show, showing off its mildly updated styling, and upgraded driver assistance systems.

The Subaru Outback receives a few minor styling tweaks for the 2023 model year while retaining a classic look that remains handsome. There’s extended plastic body cladding that adds more protection when taking the lifted wagon offroad, a larger grille that extends into new half-split headlights, as well as new fog lights. Around the back, the Outback looks to be identical to the outgoing model.

The 2.5-liter boxer engine remains unchanged, and still pumps out 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque in naturally aspirated guise, and 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque when turbocharged. Both engines are connected to a CVT transmission with an 8-speed manual mode function, sending power to Subaru’s venerable full-time all-wheel-drive system.

The Onyx Edition, which was a turbo-only trim in the outgoing model, is also now available with the naturally aspirated engine, and that might bring a small price drop too.

Perhaps the highlight of the 2023 Outback is the upgraded technology it gets. Top-of-the-line Touring trim models will feature a new wide-angle mono camera, which adds to the dual-camera setup of the EyeSight system, to improve the detection of pedestrians and cyclists. A new automatic emergency steering system is also available on trim levels with blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert, and uses a combination of EyeSight and auto-braking to avoid accidents under 50 mph.

The Starlink infotainment system has also been updated to the latest version, accessible through the portrait-oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen. New “What Three Words” geolocation technology debuts on the 2023 Outback, which can easily mark a precise location on a trail or scenic area using just three words.

Overall, the Outback hasn’t changed much since the 2022 model, but that’s a good thing. As the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The current Outback is priced at $28,320, and the 2023 model will likely see a price increase of a few hundred dollars when it becomes available. Subaru will announce pricing and availability for the 2023 Outback in the near future.


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