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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 07/24/2013

2014 Subaru Outback: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Adaptive cruise control now standard on models with CVT; a driver-assistance system is available on the 2.5i Premium trim and standard with the Special Appearance Package

Price change: None except for a $30 hike in the destination charge

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? With no price change and new available equipment and features, opt for the 2014.

The 2014 version of Subaru's popular wagon, the all-wheel-drive Outback , continues virtually unchanged for the new model year, with a few convenience, tech and cosmetic additions. Returning from 2013 are four trim levels: the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited; the regular 3.6R did not carry over. The lower two trims come with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable automatic transmission. The CVT is standard on the 2.5i Limited; the 3.6R Limited comes with a five-speed automatic.

Adaptive cruise control now comes standard on all CVT-equipped models. Meanwhile, Subaru's EyeSight driver-assistance system that integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning is available on the 2.5i Premium model and comes standard on models equipped with the Special Appearance Package; the system previously was only available on Limited trims. Also, a backup camera is now included in the Power Moonroof Package on Premium and Limited models, and multimedia smartphone integration comes with the optional navigation system.

Other updates for 2014 include a new Alloy Wheel Package for the 2.5i model, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, 225/60 R17 all-season tires and fog lights. In addition, an electroluminescent instrument cluster with a center-mounted color LCD display is now optional on the 2.5i Premium model with the EyeSight system. Same as the previous year, the Outback's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 173 horsepower and 174 pounds-feet of torque, with fuel economy estimated at 24/30 mpg city/highway on the 2.5i Limited. The 3.6R Limited comes with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder that makes 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque, with fuel economy estimated at 18/25 mpg.

Pricing remains the same as 2013, though the destination charge has increased by $30 to $825. The 2014 Outback starts at $24,320, including destination, and is on sale now.


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