The Outback station wagon was born out of the station wagon variant of the Subaru Legacy. However, the first-generation Legacy, which made its debut in 1989, did not have any additional cosmetic and suspension modifications, although Subaru did end up offering an optional Outdoor package for the 1994 model year Legacy L AWD model, which added mud flaps, a luggage rack, adjustable suspension, and a skidplate. Whether you are working on your first Outback or your old hand-me-down Outback, having a Subaru repair manual will help you get the job done right.
The Legacy's second-generation wagon became the Outback's first- generation wagon series. It was named the Legacy Grand Wagon in Japan in 1995, and the ""Legacy Outback"" in most markets abroad. In 1994, it made its debut at the New York Auto Show. When compared to the Legacy wagon, the ""Outback"" variant had a raised roof, partial protective plastic side body cladding for off-road conditions, and would later raise the suspension to provide additional ground clearance.
Subaru used the second-generation of the Legacy wagon as the foundation for the first generation of the Outback wagon n 1994. It came with the Legacy's 2.2L EJ22 engine. The 1995 Legacy Outback wagon was primarily left unchanged under the hood. By the 1996 Outback, mechanical changes such as including raised suspension increasing ground clearance to 7.3 in and an optional 2.5L 155 hp (116 kW;157 PS) EJ25 engine was added. It was branded as the world’s first sport-utility wagon.
In North America, the new Outback was introduced in 1999, this generation was given the 3.0L EZ30, Subaru's first six-cylinder engine outside of the sporty SVX and Alcyone lines.
In 2003, the third-generation Outback was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It came with an option of either the 2.5L EJ25 or 3.0L EZ30 engine. The Outback sedan, which had only been released to the North American market, was discontinued after the 2007 model year.
The fourth-generation Outback was sold as the 2010 model year Outback in North America. The EZ30 engine was substituted with a new 3.6L EZ36, which offered an increased displacement with the same exterior dimensions. Using regular unleaded fuel, the EZ36 also provided increased power. The 2.5L EJ25 flat-4 was kept for use in the base model.
The fifth-generation Subaru Outback is classified as a 'crossover,' now. Other changes included a larger 256 hp (191 kW;260 PS) 3.6 L EZ36 engine. It retained the 2.5L FB25 and 3.6L EZ36 engines from the remake of the 2013 model year. The FB25 was revised slightly to improve mid-range torque.
Internally, the 2020 Outback is built on Subaru's Global Platform, which is stiffer and offers a common base to allow the use of alternative powertrains, such as hybrid or all-electric. The base model sixth-generation Outback is offered with the 2.5L FB25; a turbocharged 2.4L FA24 was the upgraded engine, providing improved power, torque, and consumption compared to the discontinued EZ36. So, whether you’re a just fixing something minor or tearing your Outback down to its guts, remember if you ever need help, having a Subaru Outback service manual on hand can make any repair job go smoother.