Subaru redesigned its popular Outback model for the 2015 model year, slimming it down and borrowing styling from the XV Crosstrek.

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Under the hood, buyers will have the option of a 2.5-liter four cylinder or a 3.6-liter six cylinder engine, both in flat, boxer-style format.

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The grille, which has active shutters for better aerodynamics, looks similar to that on the XV Crosstrek model, while the headlights echo that of the new WRX.

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Subaru lengthened the Outback slightly, creating more passenger room, but made it look more slim than the previous model.

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These integrated roof rails are similar to those on the XV Crosstrek

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As with the prior model, all-wheel-drive comes standard.

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Subaru added what it calls Active Torque Vectoring, a handling feature found on the WRX, which brakes the inside front wheel in a corner slightly.

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The redesign adds about a cubic foot of cargo area.

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Subaru continues to refine its cabin amenities, adding more head unit features and an optional 16 speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

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Subaru's EyeSight system gives the Outback lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning.

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Satin finish wood trim makes for an upscale look in the Outback.

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