The 2015 Subaru Outback is larger and more fuel efficient than ever before. Can it still venture to the places where the pavement ends? TFLcar takes the new Outback 3.6R on a high altitude Rocky Mountain trails to see what’s what in this new “Ruts & Guts” video review.
There are rocks, loose dirt, mud, water crossings, steep inclines, and even low hanging branches. All this makes up for an adventurous environment, and the trail can take you places where there are no people for miles.
Although the new Outback is roomy and comfortable, it still offers a good 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque come courtesy of the 3.6L H6 boxer engine. The maximum twist comes at 4,400 rpm and the new CVT makes good use of it in many situations.
The 3.6R is rated at 20 MPG city and 27 MPG on the highway. This is impressive considering that it weighs 3,810 lbs before optional equipment. Subaru says the H6 powered Outback is capable of towing a maximum 3,000 lbs. This is enough to bring a small pop-up camper trailer or a sail boat with you.
The test model was built before Subaru’s excellent EyeSight system was available in the new Outback. You can get the adaptive cruise and other EyeSight features now. As it stands the tester stickered at $36,040.
Take a look as Nathan goes on a Colorado Rocky Mountain adventure. Also, you can learn a lot of other details about the 2015 Subaru Outback.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.