• Subaru's all-new 2015 Outback starts from $25,745 with shipping
  • $1,400 price increase largely due to cancellation of manual transmission
  • Outback reaches dealers this summer with four available trim levels

The 2015 Subaru Outback will start from $25,745 with shipping when it goes on sale this summer. Subaru recently confirmed the popular wagon's base price, which is about $1,400 higher than the starting MSRP of today's Outback.

According to Subaru, the $25,745 figure will buy a base-level Outback 2.5i, which uses a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and comes standard with all-wheel drive. While today's Outback 2.5i starts at just over $24,000, Subaru has a good reason for the price increase: The new Outback will no longer offer a manual transmission, but will instead come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission. In today's Outback, the automatic is a $1,000 option. Other standard equipment includes a 6.2-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and a USB port for music.

Shoppers who want a few more features can step up to the Outback 2.5i Premium, which starts at $27,745 with shipping. This model boasts automatic climate control, a 7-in touchscreen, a power driver's seat and heated front seats. Next up is the Outback 2.5i Limited, which includes a power rear lift gate, 18-in wheels, lane-change assist, blind spot detection and a 12-speaker stereo in its $30,845 base price.

Topping the 2015 Outback's range is the 3.6R Limited, which uses a muscular 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine. That model, which starts at $33,845 including destination, also upgrades to xenon headlights in addition to its larger engine.

Of course, the 2015 Subaru Outback also offers a wide range of optional features. Such extras include a power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a push-button ignition and a voice-activated navigation system. Additionally, Subaru offers certain features standard on upper trims -- such as lane-change assist and blind spot detection -- as options on lower-level Outback models.

Subaru says the Outback will reach dealers later this summer, a few months behind its midsize Legacy sedan. Fuel economy for the Outback stands at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg highway for the 2.5-liter model, and 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy for the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder.

What it means to you: The Subaru Outback is the king of the station wagon segment -- and the 2015 model looks to continue the reign.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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