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Vehicle Profile: 2013 Subaru Outback
Revised styling and new technology highlight this more powerful and efficient favorite

The Subaru Outback is the vehicle that invented the sport utility wagon segment nearly 20 years ago. Benefiting from unrelenting Subaru focus on safety, fuel efficiency and all-wheel drive capability for superior traction and handling in all weather conditions, the five-passenger all-wheel drive 2013 Subaru Outback, on sale now here at Autoteam Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware, features technological enhancements, revised styling, a six-cylinder engine choice and a new four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that boasts improved power and fuel efficiency.
Industry experts have widely praised the Outback (MSRP $23,495). After analyzing 19 published reviews and test drives and evaluating reliability and safety data, U.S. News ranked the 2013 Outback number one in the “Wagon” category, over competitors like the Acura TSX Sport Wagon, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, the Audi Allroad and the Honda Crosstour. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance awarding the Outback a “Best in Class” for wagons, citing its surefooted handling, cavernous interior space and superior off-road capability.
The 2013 Outback features restyled front fascia, headlights, foglamps and front bumper, plus enhanced suspension tuning that reduces body roll by 40 percent for better handling and a more refined ride. Debuting on the 2013 Outback is the EyeSight® driver-assist system, which automatically monitors the movement of your vehicle and traffic, and combines Vehicle Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control into one innovative safety feature that can intervene to help prevent a crash.
The major highlight of the enhanced 2013 Outback can be found in the Outback 2.5i models, which feature a new DOHC, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that achieves 173 hp and 174 lb/ft of torque while returning 30 mpg highway when paired with the available second-generation Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission. The CVT provides infinite variability and moves seamlessly, without traditional gear ratios, to optimize both power delivery and fuel efficiency. For greater driver control, the CVT also features a six-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters. You can also choose a fully synchronized six-speed manual with the SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder engine.
Buyers seeking some more muscle can opt for the Outback 3.6R models, which come with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine that produces 256 hp and 247 lb/ft of torque through a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is standard on all Outback models, as are a generous 3,000-pound towing capacity and 8.7 inches of ground clearance, more than most SUVs and crossovers.
Even with its high ground clearance, the Outback has an exceptionally low center of gravity thanks to the horizontally opposed, or “flat,” and low-slung design of the SUBARU BOXER® engine, which is designed with pistons that move horizontally instead of vertically. This low center of gravity gives the Outback better handling properties than its competitors and increased safety, as well. In the event of a head-on collision, the engine is designed to drop down and underneath the passenger compartment, better protecting all vehicle occupants.
Not only is the Subaru Outback known for its all-conditions capability, its reputation as one of the roomiest wagons in the industry is also growing. Featuring total passenger volume of 105.4 cubic feet, the 2013 Outback also boasts maximum cargo capacity of 71.3 cubic feet with the standard 60/40-split rear seatbacks folded. Not only are these numbers on par with heavier and less fuel-efficient SUVs, but the more car-like Outback also features a lower loading deck for easier access.
When cargo needs exceed what can fit inside the Outback, owners can use the innovative, factory-installed roof crossbar system that completely disappears when not in use. The design of  this industry-first roof rack system helps reduce wind noise and improve fuel economy when not in use; when deployed, it can be expanded to a total length of 39.7 inches to accommodate long items like kayaks.
Whether you opt for Base, Premium or Limited trim, the 2013 Outback comes handsomely equipped with a long list of standard and available features. Base models include full power accessories; cruise control; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio with steering wheel controls; an electronic parking brake and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Premium and Limited trims add even more technology and luxury, featuring standard or available items like perforated leather upholstery, electroluminescent display, dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Access & Start and an available voice-controlled touch-screen navigation system with seven-inch LCD screen. The navigation system also includes a rear-vision camera and a powerful 440-watt, nine-speaker harman/kardon Premium Audio Package.
The EyeSight® driver-assist system is among the most innovative and valuable safety features ever offered by Subaru. Using a dual-camera design for wide-angle vision, EyeSight® identifies pedestrians, traffic lanes, vehicles and obstacles, and if the system detects a potential collision, it will activate to mitigate or even bring the Outback to a complete stop. Adaptive Cruise Control automatically brakes and accelerates based on the distance of the vehicle ahead, and EyeSight® also guards against wandering outside the driving lane without a turn signal.
Every Subaru is designed from the ground up with safety in mind. The Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure absorbs impact force and distributes it across the entire body, better protecting all vehicle occupants. It’s because of this unrelenting focus on safety that the Subaru Outback recently was awarded the very exclusive and even more stringent “Top Safety Pick+” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Subaru just had its most successful sales year in history, thanks to vehicles like the 2013 Outback, which superbly delivers all-conditions traction, industry-leading safety, advanced technology, generous interior space, power and fuel efficiency. Visit today for a test drive and find out for yourself why both U.S. News and Kiplinger’s put the 2013 Subaru Outback at the head of its class.


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