2014 Subaru Outback: Price And Features For Ruggedly Upgraded Wagon

TMR Team | Sep 17, 2013

Subaru Australia has rolled out a rugged styling upgrade for its jacked-up Outback SUV, some nine months on from the line-up's last major update.

The Outback gets a tougher look for the 2014 model year, with customer feedback leading the carmaker to highlight the wagon's off-road ability.

“We’ve had a lot of customer feedback suggesting owners would like a slightly tougher-looking Outback with greater body protection, which is especially useful on rural roads where this wagon rates highly," Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior said.

Now featured as part of the Outback's standard equipment list are new roofrails with cross bars, side sills and cladding, wheel-arch guards, front mud flaps, a dark grey finish to the grille and alloy wheels, and a blackened background to the headlights.

The Outback also gets a protection upgrade, with new underbody guards added to the front and rear.

And if all of these tweaks are a little too rugged for your tastes, you can stick to just roof rails, side sills, dark grey front grille and alloy wheels, and the headlights with black background.

The price of each Outback model has risen by $500 as part of the upgrade, although Subaru says the new features add more than $2500 in catalogue value.

The Outback range is otherwise unchanged, with features carrying over from the petrol and diesel updates launched in January.

MORE: Subaru Updates Outback, Drops Price By Up To $4000
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

  • Outback 2.5i CVT auto - $38,990
  • Outback 2.5i CVT auto option pack** - $40,490
  • Outback 2.5i Premium CVT auto - $43,490
  • Outback 2.0D manual - $40,490
  • Outback 2.0D CVT auto - $42,990
  • Outback 2.0D Premium manual - $43,490
  • Outback 2.0D Premium CVT auto - $45,990
  • Outback 3.6R Premium auto - $57,990

**Adds factory-fitted satellite navigation, electric sunroof, rear air conditioning vents, powered driver’s seat, electroluminescent gauges and colour information display.

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  • KD says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    As if it weren't bad enough, they've just made it worse!

    Have they employed an ex Pontiac designer? Lets just tack more plastic cladding on!
  • g says,
    2 years ago
    This car has been out for a few years now, yet I still can not get used to its awkward look. Every time I see one being driven, I can only imagine that the driver is thinking "I'm glad I'm on the inside so I don't have to look at it!"
    It looks like a frightened Dame Edna!
    Given that Subaru only makes mediocre cars now, maybe ugliness is becoming one of their selling points?
  • Smart us says,
    2 years ago
    i know im the only one but I like Outback and this looks nice wink
    • Tom says,
      1 year ago
      1 like
      You're not the only on smile It's a great looking vehicle!
  • Stormracer888 says,
    2 years ago
    the Outback is one of the most practicable and comfortable cars out on the market.

    I like the new add-ons

    If they don't add plastic stuff, so you want them l add titanium addons and weight down the car?
    • toesonthenose says,
      2 years ago
      Titanium is actually very very light.....I have a titanium rod, plate & screws in my right leg & it feels no heavier than my left leg!
      • Stormracer888 says,
        2 years ago
        Keeping costs down, light weight titanium sheets or plastic?

        Also cheaper to replace
  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    2 years ago
    Ugly, ugly, ugly plus a substandard warranty, high servicing costs and paper thin sheet metal. Oh, do they still install tiny batteries that are lucky to last 2 years?

    All AWD system and better than euro reliability, but below Toyota and Honda on that score.

    Had one once, would not buy another especially given the arrogance of Nick Seniors operation.
  • FrugalOne says,
    2 years ago
    FUGLY, nothing else to say, kill it with fire

    Stupidru designers are on drugs, blind or both?laugh
    • Fred says,
      2 years ago
      Unfortunately I have to agree with you cool
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    2 years ago
    Have owned a 1996 Outback and a 2001 Outback. Loved the '96 model, hated the '01 model.

    This however, is one of the ugliest cars on the road. It just doesn't look...right.
  • Ian says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    For the price, why would you if are getting it to go off road? And if you are not going off road, why pay the extra?

    It's basically the same price as a dual cab Triton, Hilux, Narava and at least with these, you can really go off road while still having a very practical car.

    So practical in fact, you could show off to Subaru owners by towing them out of the heavy soft stuff.

    For the price of the top model you can get a Paj with the bells and whistles and its even getting into Prado pricing, yet unlike these two it doesn't have real off road ability and its much smaller.

    Overpriced soft roader.
  • CAZZO says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    $58k + ORC, paging Mr. P.T.Barnum smile

    In a few years time, maybe less the koreans will be asking this silly amount too laugh
    • racrepus says,
      2 years ago
      Difference is the Korean cars will actually be worth the money they're asking. Unlike this dated tarted up POS which is very poor value for money.
      • CAZZO says,
        2 years ago
        Difference is the Korean cars will actually be worth the money they're asking. Unlike this dated tarted up POS which is very poor value for money.

        They will sell a few all the same, sure not worth EURO money but they know that some wood-ducks will bite all the same at the crazy ask!
  • Daz says,
    2 years ago
    Just bought one and totally thrilled with it.....now my third Outback and the best yet.
    Well done Subaru!biggrin
    • Stu says,
      2 years ago
      Agree, We bought one of the first auto diesels last April and have clocked up nearly 30,000km already. Very comfortable, auto is great (I was not originally a fan of a cvt auto having driven some early autos) and hasn't missed a beat. We are very happy.

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