2023 Subaru Outback Gets Visual Tweaks but Still Looks Like an Outback

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver
  • The 2023 Subaru Outback has a slightly different front end and some technology upgrades.

  • The Onyx Edition is now available with the naturally aspirated base engine, not just the turbo.

  • Updated Outback models will be on sale later in the year.

Subaru is making some small changes to the Outback for the 2023 model year, but it's still very much recognizable as the lifted all-wheel-drive wagon with outdoorsy vibes that we've come to know over the years. The front end looks slightly different and the driver-assistance features are more advanced than before, but the naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of Subaru's 2.5-liter boxer-four are unchanged and the interior is mostly the same as well.

The new front end looks a bit more modern and looks somewhat like the electric 2023 Subaru Solterra to our eyes. The bigger grille, reworked headlights, and different bumper will apply to all 2023 Outback models except the off-road-oriented Wilderness trim, which has a different front-end look anyway. Subaru also says it has redesigned the wheel-arch body cladding to be more "functional" but we don't really know what that means.

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

The standard EyeSight driver-assistance features are upgraded thanks to new software, and a wider field of view for the cameras—this is all meant to make the systems smoother to operate under a wider range of conditions.

Subaru will still offer the 2023 Outback in base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trims. The blacked-out Onyx Edition is now available with the standard naturally aspirated 182-hp 2.5-liter boxer-four engine; it was previously only available with the 260-hp turbocharged version of this engine. Pricing hasn't been announced yet but it will likely rise a few hundred dollars compared with the current Outback's $28,320 starting price.

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