Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive distinguishes the Subaru Outback from crossover competitors, which generally offer all-wheel drive as an extra-cost option. The 2014 Outback continues with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is higher than many crossovers and some dedicated SUVs.
The Outback 2.5i models feature the 2.5-liter FB series Boxer engine for increased performance and fuel efficiency. The engine produces 173 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. More significant is that the engine produces greater low-end torque across a broad speed range, making the 2.5i models feel very responsive in everyday driving.
Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models offer a choice between a standard 6-speed manual transmission and the second-generation Lineartronic CVT. Outback 3.6R models continue with a 256-horsepower 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine and 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
The EyeSight driver assistance system is now optional on the 2014 Outback 2.5i Premium model; previously available only for Limited, and now also standard on Special Appearance Package models. EyeSight integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.
Adaptive control is standard on all CVT transmission models. Based on vehicle inputs received by the transmission control module, pulley gear ratios are always optimized based on driving preferences and road conditions.
A new Alloy Wheel Package for the 2.5i model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 225/60 R17 all-season tires and fog lights. The Rear vision camera is included with Power Moonroof Package on Premium and Limited. Aha Infotainment smartphone integration is now included with the optional navigation system.