Equipped with a Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and six-speed manual shift mode, the 2015 Outback gives you the power you need, when you need it, while being fuel-efficient. It’s practically a necessity in environments some would deem a bit hostile – okay, more than a bit hostile.
Take Denali National Park & Preserve, for example: In the middle of the precarious Alaska Range, at the height of spring thaw with vehicle-traversable conditions for only 15 miles.
The 2015 Outback wields a SUBARU BOXER engine modified to reduce overall weight and improve fuel economy, while still harnessing an impressive 256 horses with its six cylinders.
Always standard and also improved, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive offers even greater control over mud-churned hills such as those found on Denali Park Road. X-MODE, which now comes standard as well, delivers the extra traction you need to make it over every hill. On the backside of said hills? You’ve got Hill Descent Control and a low center of gravity for a Zen-like sense of balance.
The climb toward Savage River, a well-known Mount McKinley vantage point, can be rocky at times. Luckily, you have 8.7 inches between you and the ground in the all-new Outback.
At Mile 15, it’s time to hike. Good thing the Outback roof rails and integrated, retractable cross bars make quick business of pulling down day packs and trekking poles to get you started on your journey.
Next we head southeast to California for the Mojave Desert and the largest park south of Alaska: the formidably named Death Valley National Park. Known for its strikingly alien landscapes, Death Valley is also the driest, hottest, and lowest (below sea level) of the National Parks.
Bring family and friends to ogle the otherworldly splendor with you, keeping everyone comfortable with the available dual-zone automatic climate control system. Sharing driving duties is a breeze with ten-way adjustable, memory power seats1 that provide ultimate comfort and support.
But no matter where you sit, getting around this Martian environment in the Outback is a breeze. The completely redesigned interior doesn’t just mean more elbow, hip, and leg room – it means you can bring along more provisions than the lost settlers who gave Death Valley its name back in 1849.
And speaking of lost, you won’t be. The Outback boasts voice-activated navigation1 for a trip to the other end of the temperature extreme: Glacier National Park in Montana. Available heated front and rear seats help keep you warm, and, on the way, crank up the premium Harman Kardon®2 audio system. Its new acoustic design and positioning within the Outback not only evenly distributes sound throughout the vehicle, but also sonically makes it seem as if you’re sitting center stage.
In the same way the Outback grabs hold of Glacier’s terrain, every bit of the technology inside the cabin makes quick business of staying in control of your infotainment: Read more.
Packing up after a full weekend at Glacier was never easier. The 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback is the ultimate in flexibility, and cargo-area release levers allow you to lower one – or both – of the rear seatbacks without having to open the rear passenger doors.
You also can lighten your “to-do” load with the Outback power rear gate.1
Some especially popular parks are considered “must dos” on National Park bucket lists: Gettysburg National Military Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Crowds often converge during holidays, making safety a key consideration.
Naturally, the Outback always has gone above and beyond in passenger protection, and the 2015 model is no exception. Yet again, it pulls away from the pack as not only an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK – but an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+.
Credit a significant part of this award to the strengthened abilities of the 2015 Outback EyeSight3 Driver Assist Technology.
Further strengthening the overall security: seat-cushion airbags4 for additional chest- and hip-area protection in the event of an impact.
Though many of the public roads winding through the parks make for fairly easy driving, when you factor in summertime congestion, narrow lanes, and the occasional hairpin turn, you’ll be glad the all-new Outback has some ingenious safety enhancements to get you over, around, and through it all – Blind Spot Detection,5 Lane Change Assist,5 Rear Cross Traffic Alert,5 and more. Read more about EyeSight with this article and in this issue.
Now back to those hairpin turns: The 2015 Outback boasts the same Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring as the Subaru WRX and WRX STI, to help prevent understeer and improve steering precision.
When backing up, one especially helpful feature that can help you navigate all the flora, fauna, and humans – even if they suddenly dart behind you: the standard backup camera.
Being surrounded by the beauty of the parks, it’s easy to lose track of everyday things. Like … car keys. But have no fear – Keyless Access & Start1 ensures you can lock, unlock, and start your all-new Outback with a five-digit security code of your choosing.