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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Subaru Outback

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/30/2014 Karla Sanchez
2015 Subaru Outback Front Side View On Trail© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Outback Front Side View On Trail

They say not to mess with a good thing, but in an effort to keep its best-selling vehicle from getting stale, Subaru redesigned the 2015 Outback. Although design has never been the Outback's strong point, it was still important that the popular CUV look fresh and relevant, but do you think it's an improvement over its predecessor? We outline the key differences between the two below.

The 2015 Outback doesn't look as boring as the outgoing model thanks to a bolder front fascia that combines the front grille and bumper into one fluid piece. The slats have also been redesigned with hexagonal cutouts that make it appear more rugged. You can also see that the windshield is more sharply raked, as designers pulled it forward 2 inches at the base. Front partition windows are new, and side mirrors have also been moved to the doors.

From the side, you can tell the 2015 Outback has been stretched out. The growth spurt is most apparent in the rear bumper, which sticks out more and makes it look more like a wagon than a crossover. A sharper character that runs from the front panel to the top of the taillights is also a nice touch that the outgoing Outback didn't have. Around back, the shape of the taillights is still the same, though they do have a new design. Looking at it from the back, you can also see that the 2015 Outback has more of an A-line shape than the outgoing car's square shape.

Inside, the Outback gets more soft-touch materials and a sportier-looking instrument panel. The HVAC vents that flanked the touch screen like wings in the old model have moved toward the top of the screen, while the controls and buttons underneath it have been minimized. The center stack has a new look too, with the cupholders located in a vertical position next to the shifter.

What do you think of the 2015 Subaru Outback? Do you think this design is better than the last generation's? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week's installment of Refreshing or Revolting was all about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, and we're not surprised that most readers agreed it was much improved over the outgoing CL-Class.

"One of the most beautiful cars in the last 15 years. Definitely something to aspire to," said LX7.

"The 2015 Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe is absolutely one of the most beautiful cars ever. This is absolutely refreshing and makes the previous generation look very old and bland," said iHEARTcarz.

"Refreshing. While the CL has/had such a classic design, it is indeed a bit long in the tooth in my opinion," said carenthusiast13.

El Kabong Mk.II also liked the S-Class Coupe overall, but not the taillights. "It looks imposing, contemporary, and elegant, until you get to the taillights. Then it becomes a late-model Honda Accord."


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