Subaru unveils revised 2023 Outback
Subaru unveiled its revised 2023 Outback crossover SUV at the recent New York Auto Show.
The new model receives updated styling as well as new safety and in-vehicle technologies. With the exception of the already bold Wilderness edition, the entire 2023 Outback lineup will have a bolder look due to a new front end incorporating a more prominent grille; redesigned LED headlights and fog lights; and a more rugged front bumper cover. On the sides, the expanded wheel arch cladding adds to the vehicle's bolder new look while providing additional protection. The effect is to make the whole Outback line look a bit more like the Outback Wilderness.
Advanced driver assistance technology
The 2023 Outback comes standard with the latest version of EyeSight driver assist technology. EyeSight implements automatic forward braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane control. The enhanced system operates more smoothly and under a greater range of conditions. These improvements are thanks to a wider field of view, updated control software, and the addition of an electric brake booster.
The top-level Outback Touring trim adds a wide-angle mono camera that works together with the dual-camera EyeSight system. The additional camera further expands the field of view to recognize pedestrians and bicycles sooner when the vehicle enters an intersection at low speed. EyeSight gives an alert to the driver, and, when necessary, applies brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bicycles and pedestrians. Also new for Touring is a camera-based LCD smart rear-view mirror with auto-dimming, compass, and Homelink garage door control.
On models equipped with blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, EyeSight also includes automatic emergency steering. The new feature works in conjunction with the pre-collision braking system to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph. An available front view monitor camera captures images within the driver's blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch display, providing safety and assistance when checking road conditions ahead, parking, and off-roading.
Subaru expects the 2023 Outback will achieve top safety scores when it is tested later this year, including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Performance and capability
Every 2023 Outback comes with Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with active torque vectoring, vehicle dynamics control and X-MODE with hill descent control. The standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine delivers 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. On XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine is rated at 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm.
All 2023 Outback models are paired with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, featuring an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2.4-liter turbo delivers an estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway and has a 3,500-lb. towing capacity. The 2.5-liter achieves up to an estimated 33 mpg and a range of more than 600 miles on a single tank.
Advanced navigation system
The 2023 Outback is the first vehicle from Subaru to integrate what3words (W3W), an innovative location technology that provides a simple way to communicate precise locations using just three simple words. W3W has divided the world into a grid of 10-foot squares and given each square a unique combination of three words -- a what3words address. Customers can navigate to and share trailheads, scenic overlooks and other hard to find places with precise accuracy using just three words. The feature is standard on models equipped with the Starlink 11.6-inch multimedia navigation system.
The Outback is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) in Lafayette, Indiana along with the Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy.
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