as with pretty much everything else these days, the subaru outback and legacy models are getting more expensive for the 2023 model year. subaru announced this week that the new outback will start at $29,620, while the 2023 legacy starts at $25,415.
subaru has updated a few things on the new models, including improved eyesight driver-assistance technology that uses a new electric brake booster and can operate in a wider range of conditions. outback and legacy models get blind-spot detection with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, and eyesight now offers automated emergency steering that helps the cars avoid collision with obstacles at speeds up to 50 miles an hour.
the outback's price increased by $800 compared to the 2022 outback, which started at $28,820. there isn't a lot that's different in the new outback, but the front end looks slightly different. the grille and bumper are now larger and the headlamps have been changed. the outback wilderness does not get an upgraded fascia. the cameras used for the outback's driver-assistance features in the touring trim have also been improved with a wider field of view.
the 2023 outback now offers the onyx edition without a turbo engine. the new onyx edition starts at $34,720 and includes a power moonroof, an 11.6-inch multimedia infotainment system and automated emergency braking. unlike last year, when the onyx trim could only be had in xt form with the upgraded 2.4-liter turbo boxer engine, there are now two engine options. the base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer that produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.4-liter produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. the turbo option is also available in the limited xt and touring xt trims. all 2023 outbacks (and legacy sedans, for that matter) come standard with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (cvt).
for the 2023 legacy, subaru has raised the starting price by $925 over the $24,490 that the base 2022 legacy cost. exterior changes are limited to a new front fascia with new headlights and, once again, a more prominent grille. subaru has removed the limited xt trim from the lineup, but the sport trim now comes standard with the 2.4-liter turbo engine.
these prices include subaru's destination and delivery fees, but these prices are $150 higher in alaska and "may vary" in nine other states, most in the northeast: connecticut, hawaii, massachusetts, maine, new hampshire, new jersey, new york, rhode island, and vermont. the 2023 outback and legacy will be available at subaru retailers this fall.