2023 Subaru Outback: It’s Time For Mid-Cycle Updates

The current generation of the legendary wagon/crossover has been around since 2020, which means that the 2023 Subaru Outback will represent the fourth production year. Therefore, Subaru fans know what to expect from this model year. We are about to see a mid-cycle refresh and in the case of this Japanese manufacturer, this usually means rather modest updates. We expect to see novelties in terms of the styling, particularly at the front end of the vehicle.

Still, the overall layout will certainly remain the same, though Subaru is about to present some new technologies, particularly in terms of safety, reports say. More precisely, we count on upgraded EyeSight technology, which would bring some pretty interesting novelties regarding semi-autonomous driving. Of course, we also expect to see certain novelties in terms of new standard and available features.

Considering the update, we presume that the 2023 Subaru Outback will arrive a little bit earlier, probably in the third quarter of the year.

2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Outback Design

As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Subaru Outback is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh. Therefore, various subtle novelties, in a typical Subaru fashion. This particularly refers to the styling. The front end should come with a couple of revisions to the grille, with new headlights and a more aggressive bumper design. The rear end could come with a few tweaks as well, while we also count on typical updates, such as new wheels, color options and similar things.

On the other hand, the overall layout will certainly remain the same. The 2023 Subaru Outback will continue with the same mechanics, based on Subaru’s familiar modular architecture. The Outback is easy to drive, while the standard all-wheel-drive ensures excellent stability in all weather conditions.

2023 Subaru Outback Will Get Next-Generation EyeSight System

One of the biggest novelties of the upcoming update should be the next generation of Subaru’s well-known EyeSight technology. It will use a high-definition map and vehicle locator supporting autonomous highway driving. The vehicle will be able to detect its position by utilizing information from GPS and Michibiki. Combined with high-definition map data, the vehicle recognizes the shape of the highway ahead, and reduces the speed before going into a curve and assists in hands-free driving in traffic congestion.


We don’t believe that the 2023 Subaru Outback could bring bigger changes in terms of interior design. The next year’s update might bring things like new color schemes but the overall layout will certainly remain the same. This model features a nicely designed cabin, with fine materials and good build quality. Furthermore, the list of standard features is pretty long.

2023 Subaru Outback Interior

Still, practicality has always been Outback’s key quality. This wagon offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, which comes with a couple of very spacious and comfortable seats. Both rows accommodate adults with ease, while the front seats are massive and supportive. Furthermore, the cargo area offers impressive numbers, which are comparable with compact SUVs like Forester. You may count on about 32.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 75.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.


The upcoming refresh will certainly bring some novelties to the list of standard equipment. Still, they probably won’t be numerous, especially if we consider that the current model already comes well-equipped.

For reference, the current model comes standard with goodies like dual 7-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a four-speaker stereo. The list of upgrades currently includes tech goodies like an 11.6-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two additional USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, as well as a moonroof, dual-zone climate control etc.

2023 Subaru Outback Engines

We don’t believe that the 2023 Subaru Outback could be changed under the hood. Therefore, base models should continue with a 2.5-liter flat-four, which puts out around 182 horsepower and comes in pair with a CVT. It seems powerful enough for daily commuting, though more ambitious drivers would rather pick the optional 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four, which features a max output of 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This engine also comes coupled with a CVT gearbox.

Of course, Subaru’s legendary all-wheel-drive system is standard, while we also like the fact that mpg ratings are pretty impressive for this segment. The base engine returns 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, while the optional turbo-four returns around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Outback Release Date and Price

The 2023 Subaru Outback will arrive in the second half of the year, probably in the third quarter. We don’t expect to see bigger price changes, so base versions should go around 27.000 dollars.

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