Hello everyone, Today we will review The 2024 Outback from Subaru. The 2024 Outback lineup, with the exception of the newly introduced Wilderness, receives a more assertive appearance thanks to a new front fascia with a more pronounced grille, reworked LED headlights and fog lights, and a more robust front bumper cover. The enlarged wheel arch covering on the vehicle’s flanks contributes to its bolder new appearance while providing more protection.
2024 Subaru Outback New Design
Standard on the new Outback is the newest iteration of EyeSight driver assists technology. The improved system functions more efficiently and under a wider variety of situations. These enhancements are the result of an expanded field of view, upgraded control software, and the incorporation of an electronic brake booster.
The Touring trim’s Wide-Angle Mono Camera complements the EyeSight system’s dual-camera configuration. The additional camera increases the range of view in order to distinguish pedestrians and bicycles sooner when the vehicle enters a low-speed intersection. EyeSight alerts the driver and, if necessary, applies the brakes to avoid crashes with bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the roadway. A full LCD Smart Rear-View Mirror with auto-dimming, compass, and Homelink® is also new for Touring.
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EyeSight provides Automatic Emergency Steering for vehicles equipped with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The new technology works in tandem with the Pre-Collision Braking System to prevent collisions at speeds below 50 miles per hour.
Dashboard and Safety Features
Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Subaru Global Platform for the Outback is 70 percent stiffer in torsional and front-suspension rigidity. Compared to the preceding Outback’s platform, it is also 100 percent stiffer in front lateral flexural and rear subframe stiffness. The redesigned body absorbs almost 40 percent more energy in front/side impacts than the previous model, enhancing crash protection. The Outback protects the driver and passengers in the event of an unavoidable collision with eight standard airbags, including a driver knee airbag. Subaru anticipates that the Outback will receive a TOP SAFETY PICK+ certification from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it is evaluated later this year (IIHS).
Standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology incorporates Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, which provides steering assistance when the vehicle strays from its lane, thereby assisting the driver in maintaining a straight course. The DriverFocusTM Distraction Mitigation System combines a dedicated infrared camera and face recognition technology to detect indicators of driving fatigue or distraction and then alerts the driver and passengers with audible and visual warnings. Reverse Automatic Braking and EyeSight Assist Monitor with the head-up display are other optional driver-assistance technologies.
The optional Front View Monitor gathers photos within the driver’s blind spots in front of the vehicle and displays a 180-degree view on the 11.6-inch display, offering safety and help while evaluating road conditions ahead, parking, or off-roading.
Engine, Performance, and Capability
With standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, the Outback provides the perfect combination of SUV capability with car-like ride and handling. The 8.7-inch (9.5-inch for the Wilderness) ground clearance is larger than that of many SUVs, yet the Outback maintains a low step-in height for front and rear passenger ingress.
Standard on XT models, the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm and 2,000 rpm, respectively. The base 2.5-liter BOXER engine produces 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.
All Outback models are equipped with a Lineartronic CVT with an 8-speed manual mode and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The 2.4-liter turbo engine offers an estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway and boasts a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, the highest in Outback history. The 2.5-liter engine achieves an estimated 33 mpg and a range of almost 600 miles per tank.