Subaru had a brilliant idea back in 1995 when it launched the Outback, an alll-terrain version of the Legacy wagon. At that time, SUVs were becoming increasingly popular, and Subaru did not have the financial resources to develop a brand new type of vehicle. Thus was born the Legacy Outback. This more robust model that carries the name of an Australian desert region is now a separate model.
In 2014, the Subaru Outback is still a viable alternative to traditional SUVs, and handier too. The Outback is distinguished by it's standard famous symmetrical full time AWD, an exceptional feature for our Canadian winters. While it's 220 mm ground clearance is higher than that of many large SUVs and crossovers, it's access level remains low.
Under the hood, the 2014 Outback's powertrain remains the same, featuring the Subaru BOXER engine. It's a 2.5 litre horizontally opposed double overhead cam four-cylinder that produces 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque for significant fuel savings. The Outback 3.6R, as it's name suggests, has a 3.6 litre flat six engine producing 256 HP under it's hood. The four-cylinder is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, or a continuously variable transmission. The six-cylinder in turn, relies exclusively on a five-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.
The 2014 Outback gains Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance system as an option on it's Limited Package. This system incorporates adaptive cruise control, pre-crash braking functionality and lane departure warning. Everything is managed by a stereo camera design developed by Subaru to providing a detection angle that is wider than those used by radar based systems.
Available in five trim levels, the 2014 Subaru Outback gets fuel economy numbers as impressive as 6.5 L /100 km on the highway and 8.6 L/100 km in the city.
Models designated with PZEV will meet California's strict emission standards. In Canada, the Outback meets SULEV vehicle standards (Super Ultra Low Emissions), and virtually emlimates fuel vapour emissions from the fuel system. In some cases, vehicles meeting PZEV emission standards run cleaner than hybrid vehicles!
Subaru's Outback has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Black Book's award for Best Midsized Car for Retained Value for the fourth year in a row.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca