2023 Subaru Outback: A Trim Comparison

2023 Subaru Outback

The 2023 Subaru Outback returns for the new year with an all-new trim, excellent features and great performance. Better materials make the interior more comfortable, and the technology changes make the Outback more enjoyable to drive.

Comparing Outback Trims

There are few station wagons on the market these days, but even so, the 2023 Outback does not disappoint. Offering nine different trim levels, there’s something for everyone. We’re comparing each trim to help you determine if it’s worth upgrading.

2023 Subaru Outback


The base 2023 Subaru Outback trim is simply called…Outback. It starts at $28,395. Even though it’s the least expensive, the base Subaru Outback has some great features that make it a quality, affordable option. First, it has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-Mode, which optimizes your Subaru to drive up steep inclines or rough roads. It also comes with the Subaru Starlink multimedia package, adding dual 7-inch touch displays, a four-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Finally, this trim has raised roof rails with integrated crossbars for more cargo space. The base trim even features EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This system combines adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning. Subaru says that it reduces the rate of rear-end crashes by up to 85%, according to IIHS reporting data.

Outback Premium

The 2023 Subaru Outback Premium starts at $30,695. This trim is perfect for drivers who are looking for luxury. It adds an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo, heated front seats, additional USB ports and dual-zone climate control, among other things. It also has the option of adding blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. That’s not an available option on the base Outback trim.

2023 Subaru Outback

Outback Onyx Editions

The Onyx Edition is new for 2023. It starts at $33,495 and adds unique exterior and interior styling. The synthetic leather upholstery is water repellent and includes everything in the OP 13 Package. This package is offered in lower-level trims as well but for additional cost. It includes proximity keyless entry, push-button start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a hands-free liftgate.

2023 Subaru Outback

Outback Limited

The 2022 Outback Limited has a starting MSRP of $35,295. This trim is perfect for buyers who want a good sound system coupled with a little bit of luxury. Drivers will immediately notice the leather-trimmed upholstery and keyless access featuring Push-Button Start. There are also heated outboard seats in the rear. Additionally, this trim comes with a Harmon Kardon premium audio system that uses 12-speakers with a 576-watt-equivalent GreenEdge amplifier. As if that wasn’t enough, it also has a hands-free power rear gate. You’ll never have to manually raise the back liftgate again.

Outback Limited XT

For the final two trims, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine makes a reappearance. The 2023 Outback Limited XT starts at $39,695. Think of it as a cousin of the Outback Limited trim but with a more powerful engine. The major differences from the Outback Limited are the additions of a power moonroof, heated steering wheel, and navigation in the infotainment multimedia system.

Outback Touring

Are you looking for something more luxurious than off-road-focused? The 2023 Outback Touring starts at $39,845. Even though the price is higher than the Outback Onyx Edition XT, the Outback Touring has the less powerful 2.5-liter (non-turbocharged) engine of the first three trim levels. Instead of paying for a high-performance engine, the price point here goes to amenities and convenience features. Chrome finishing accents dot the door handles and folding side mirrors. Drivers will also appreciate the ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel. We recommend this trim as the best bang for your buck for most buyers (who aren’t outdoor enthusiasts).

2023 Subaru Outback

Outback Touring XT

The 2023 Outback Touring XT starts at $42,295 and has all the same standard features as the Outback Touring. The only difference is that this trim features the more powerful 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. It is worth noting that the more powerful engine lowers fuel economy to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s around a 10% drop in overall fuel economy.


The Wilderness trim starts at $38,445 and includes most of the regular Onyx edition’s features. The difference, however, is that it boasts a turbocharged engine and has styling elements with an outdoor theme. Additionally, it features all-terrain tires, higher ground clearance, and heated rear seats.

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