Make This Land ... Your Land

7/9/2014

Summer 2014

Our National Parks are living, breathing, and ever-evolving destinations for discovery. Which makes the all-new, up-for-anything 2015 Subaru Outback the ideal U.S. National Park System tour vehicle.

Subaru has redesigned the fifth-generation Outback inside and out to further build on our customers’ spirit of adventure – all for the loyal following that started with the first Outback. 

Like the natural treasures we protect in our National Parks, the Outback has withstood the test – make that “tests” – of time, to be the best-equipped Subaru to discover these “must-see” places.

TAKE A DRIVE ON THE WILD SIDE

Denali National Park

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.

No problem. 

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. 

FINDING BALANCE AMID FIRE AND ICE

Death Valley Meets Glacier

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

PAVING THE WAY (SAFELY) OVER BATTLEFIELDS, THROUGH CANYONS, AND ACROSS MOUNTAINTOPS 

Gettysburg, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite

Some especially popular parks are considered “must dos” on National Park bucket lists: Gettysburg National Military Park, Grand Canyon National Park, andYosemite 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. 

SUBARU PARTNERS WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION 

“There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured, and sacred places protected in America’s more than 400 national parks – and it all belongs to you. This is your land.” – nationalparks.org  

Subaru has partnered with the U.S. National Park Foundation to support the preservation of our parks for many generations to come. 

At Subaru, we’re wild about our nation’s more than 400 National Parks. That’s why we partner with the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the official charity of the U.S. National Park Service – to help ensure the preservation of our parks for generations to come.

It’s a well-matched relationship. Subaru and America’s National Parks inspire adventure and exploration. The NPF also shares our passion for connecting people to the outdoors through its innovative programs, including America’s Best Idea, Active Trails, and Ticket to Ride.

Your Next Adventure

National Parks offer something for everyone – from diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes to vibrant culture and rich history. Wherever you go, you’ll find opportunities to hike, observe wildlife, paint, photograph, enjoy views, and make memories.

Together, we will continue to support and celebrate these havens of natural beauty. 

Share the Love

Subaru selected NPF as one of five national charities to participate in its sixth annual “Share the Love” event. From November 21, 2013, to January 2, 2014, Subaru donated $250 to the customer’s choice of charity. Subaru ultimately presented the foundation with a check for $1.4 million, which then was used as Impact Grants to nine National Parks.

Read more about Share the Love and the NPF.

Explore

Find a National Park near you. And before you go, get your free Owner’s Guide to America’s National Parks.

2015 OUTBACK SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS 

  • Blind Spot Detection does exactly what it says – it uses radar sensors to detect when other vehicles are in your blind spot, then provides you with a visual warning in the side mirror. 
  • This system also includes Lane Change Assist – if you signal to change lanes and the system senses a vehicle in your blind spot, it will alert you with a flashing indicator in your side mirror.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert – a real asset when backing up, it uses the same sensors as Blind Spot Detection to warn you when traffic is approaching from the side by illuminating a flashing indicator in your side mirror and with an audible tone.
  • Steering-Responsive Fog Lights – when you turn the steering wheel left or right, the fog lights automatically pivot to help light the way. 
  • An airbag rollover sensor that deploys the airbags if its system senses an impending vehicle rollover.

INFOTAINMENT FOR THE OUTBACK TRAVELER

Navigation Infotainment System: 

High-resolution 7-inch touch-screen with voice-activated controls.

Subaru STARLINK6 smartphone integration: 

You’re Aha™7 and Pandora® ready – after all, magnificent National Park scenery deserves its own playlist. Plus, keep your hands on the wheel with Bluetooth®8 hands-free phone connectivity and text messaging.

SiriusXM®9 satellite radio: 

Get that powder or beach report in crisp HD sound.

1 Available. 2 Harman Kardon is a registered trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Inc. 3 EyeSight is a driver-assist system which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operations and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash. 4 The airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) affords the driver and the front passenger additional protection in moderate to severe frontal and side-impact collisions and outboard 2nd row passengers additional protection in moderate to severe side-impact collisions. This system provides supplemental protection only, and seatbelts must be worn in order to avoid injuries to out-of-position occupants upon bag deployment and to provide the best combined protection in a serious accident. Children should always be properly restrained in one of the rear seats. See Owner’s Manual for recommended seating position. 5 Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are systems designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear and side areas of the vehicle during a lane change or reversing and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. 6 Compatible smartphone and application required. For applications to operate, latest version of each application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 7 Compatible smartphone and free Aha app required. For Aha to operate, latest version of Aha application and optional integrated audio and navigation system unit required. Data provided by smartphone is displayed on navigation screen. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Smartphone apps should only be launched when vehicle is safely parked. Aha is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. Your wireless carrier’s rates may apply. 8 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. 9 SiriusXM is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Inc.