Subaru Updates Outback for 2023

Subaru of America has debuted the 2023 Outback at the New York International Auto Show. The SUV receives updated styling as well as new safety and in-vehicle technologies. Also new for 2023, the Onyx Edition trim level will be available with two engine options.

For 2023 model year, Outback will be available in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Wilderness, Limited and Touring trim levels when it arrives in Subaru retailers this fall. The XT models and Wilderness come standard with the 2.4-liter turbo engine. Also, a new Wide-Angle Mono Camera is added to Touring models.

The Outback lineup (except the recently released Wilderness) receives a new look thanks to a new front fascia incorporating a more prominent grille; redesigned LED headlights and fog lights; and a more rugged front bumper cover, as well as expanded wheel arch cladding, designers said.

The 2023 Outback comes standard with the latest version of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The enhanced system operates more smoothly and under a greater range of conditions, Subaru said, thanks to a wider field of view, updated control software, and the addition of an electric brake booster.

The top-level Touring trim adds a Wide-Angle Mono Camera that works together with the dual-camera EyeSight system. The additional camera further expands the field of view to recognize pedestrians and bicycles sooner when the vehicle enters an intersection at low speed, the company said. EyeSight gives an alert to the driver, and, when necessary, applies brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bicycles and pedestrians.  Also new for Touring is a full LCD Smart Rear-View Mirror with auto-dimming, compass, and Homelink.

On models equipped with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, EyeSight includes Automatic Emergency Steering. The new feature works in conjunction with the Pre-Collision Braking System to help avoid a collision at speeds less than 50 mph.

The Onyx Edition is now available with the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated Subaru Boxer engine. The Onyx Edition features black-finish exterior elements, 18-inch alloy wheels and badging, as well as an exclusive gray two-tone interior. Further, the seats are wrapped in a water-repellant durable StarTex material. The Onyx Edition builds on the Premium trim and adds Hands-Free Power Gate; Front View Monitor; Dual-Mode X-MODE; and full-size spare tire.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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