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Subaru Outback 2013

The 2013 Subaru Outback range of configurations is currently priced from $8,599. Our most recent review of the 2013 Subaru Outback resulted in a score of 8 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Subaru Outback: Strong engine and all wheel drive system, Practical wagon layout available, Easy to work on and reliable

The 2013 Subaru Outback carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Subaru Outback 2013 Towing capacity

The Subaru Outback’s towing capacity ranges from 1500kg to 1800kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
2.5I SUV 2.5L,PULP,CVT AUTO 1500kg
2.0D SUV 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN 1700kg
2.0D SUV 2.0L,Diesel,CVT AUTO 1700kg
2.0D Premium SUV 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN 1700kg
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Subaru Outback 2013 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Subaru Outback here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I want to buy a new Subaru Outback. I've been warned there are problems with the CVT auto transmission in some older models. Is there an issue with the newer models?

    Subaru has a long history with the CVT transmission, and it hasn’t always been clear sailing. The first Subaru to feature this transmission was the Justy in the late 1980s and while we saw the similar Sherpa model, Australia never got the CVT transmission. In fact, the Justy had so many transmission problems that it was dumped from world price-lists in about 1995.

    Our first taste of the Subaru CVT was in 2009 with the launch of the fifth-generation Liberty and Outback models which featured a CVT on four-cylinder petrol versions of the car.

    The CVT has since been extended to the brand’s Impreza, Forester, XV and even the sporty WRX line-up.

    And, yes, there have been issues reported by owners. While catastrophic failures have not been widely documented, the Subaru CVT’s overall behaviour has been criticised on a number of levels. Those include a jerkiness to forward progress (particularly in low speed and light throttle conditions) harsh shifting, shuddering under acceleration and a delay when selecting gears from Park. In some instances, a reflash of the electronic control module has improved things, for other cases, Subaru has introduced a completely new, improved software package.

    Part of the reason Subaru has copped so much flak over the CVT is that the symptoms it displays are often the death-knell for other types of transmissions and consumers- rightly – have been worried. To counter this in the USA, Subaru extended the drivetrain warranty of 1.5 million cars with CVTs from five years and 100,000km to 10 years and 160,000km.

    But even if total transmission replacements don’t seem common, do you want to live with this gearbox? For many people the answer is no. But to be fair, most of the problems seem to have occurred on pre-2018 models and later CVTs appear to be better units.

    In the case of the Outback you’re interested in, with the update of that model in 2018, the CVT was revised with a revised torque-reduction control to improve upshift clarity, a short-pitch chain was used for lower noise and a revision to the shifter was made to improve shift feel (although we suspect that’s feel through the shifter itself, not the way the transmission feels when it selects a gear).

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  • Does the 2021 Subaru Outback Touring have any electronics issues?

    Subaru is firmly committed to the CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission) concept as it gives a theoretical efficiency advantage over conventional transmissions. The catch is that to make the CVT feel less alien, many car-makers (including Subaru) engineer in electronic `ratios’ which kind of sidesteps those theoretical advantages.

    It’s true that Subaru CVTs have experienced some reliability problems in the past, but in the case of the Outback, that appears to mainly affect vehicles built between 2010 and 2015. After that build date, things improved dramatically on the reliability and durability front, not to mention the driveability and comfort offered by the CVT. So we wouldn’t be too concerned about this aspect of the vehicle. Given that you’re buying a brand-new vehicle, you’ll get the full five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty. And as proof of Subaru’s faith in the CVT concept, for the 2018 facelift of the Outback, the CVT got a seventh `ratio’ and a shorter-pitch chain to reduce cabin noise. So a brand-new Subaru CVT should represent the best the concept has ever been.

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  • What car should I buy to tow a trailer?

    While turbo-diesels aren’t perfect for everybody, when it comes to towing trailers, they do a pretty impressive job. The combination of a torquey diesel engine with an automatic transmission is a pretty handy one when you have a decent sized trailer hooked up. The caveat with a modern diesel, however, is that if most of your driving is urban running about, then the diesel is probably not for you. That’s because the emissions system on a modern diesel (the particulate filter) needs regular longer runs at freeway speeds to avoid giving trouble. But if, as you say, you tow a trailer often, then that should provide the load on the engine the diesel requires to remain trouble-free.

    The good news is that the dominance of the SUV right now means that just about every car-maker has a mid-sized SUV in its showrooms right now. So really, you’re spoiled for choice. I’m not surprised the X-Trail is found a bit wanting at times; even brand-new, that version of the petrol-engined X-Trail could feel a bit underdone. You’ll be amazed at how good newer vehicles have become.

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  • 2010 Subaru Outback Diesel Problems

    Subaru Outback diesel problems don’t seem to be too frequent or too common. And that’s probably in line with the brand’s overall reputation for reliable engineering.

    Probably the biggest complaint from owners is that the engine lacks a little oomph from a standing start and suffers from what’s called turbo-lag; a delay between putting your foot down and the car responding. Even though Subaru claimed a torque peak of 350Nm at anywhere between 1800 and 2400rpm, in reality, the engine didn’t feel that strong down low, particularly just off idle. The other barrier to the success of the Outback diesel was that it could only be had with a six-speed manual transmission and no automatic option was offered in the model you’re talking about.

    Beyond that, the usual diesel-engine caveats apply including the requirement to give the engine a decent run at highway speeds every few weeks at the very least. Without this, the engine’s particulate filter (which aims to clean up tailpipe emissions) will clog up and may need to be manually cleaned or even replaced, and that won’t be cheap.

    Subaru engines have, over the decades, proven themselves to be tough customers on the one condition that they’re serviced absolutely by the book. Skipping scheduled services is a sure way to send a Subaru engine to an early grave. So make sure any car you’re considering has a full and complete service history with no evidence of missed oil changes. It’s also worth noting that this model was caught up in the Takata air-bag fiasco, so make sure this critical recall has been attended to.

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Subaru Outback 2013 Price and Specs

The Subaru Outback 2013 is currently available from $8,599 for the Outback 2.0D Premium up to $24,990 for the Outback 2.0D.

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Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2.0D SUV 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO $13,500 $19,470
2.0D SUV 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN $13,600 $19,690
2.0D Premium SUV 2.0L Diesel CVT AUTO $14,800 $20,900
2.0D Premium SUV 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN $13,600 $19,690
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Subaru Outback 2013 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2013 Subaru Outback are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1820mm x 1615mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Subaru Outback 2013 Dimensions  include 1615mm height, 1820mm width, 4790mm length.
Subaru Outback Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2.5I SUV 1615x1820x4790 mm 213 mm
2.0D SUV 1615x1820x4790 mm 213 mm
2.0D Premium SUV 1615x1820x4790 mm 213 mm
2.5I Premium SUV 1615x1820x4790 mm 213 mm
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Subaru Outback 2013 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2013 Subaru Outback is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Subaru Outback currently offers fuel consumption from 6 to 10.3L/100km. The Subaru Outback is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and PULP.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
2.0D SUV 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN 6L/100km
2.0D SUV 2.0L,Diesel,CVT AUTO 6.5L/100km
2.5I SUV 2.5L,PULP,CVT AUTO 8L/100km
2.5I Premium SUV 2.5L,PULP,CVT AUTO 8L/100km
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Subaru Outback 2013 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2013 Subaru Outback will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Subaru Outback spans from 17x7 inches.

Subaru Outback Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2.5I SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2.0D SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2.0D Premium SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2.5I Premium SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
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