2014 Updates from cars101.com
CHANGES FOR 2014
a brief summary
new on 2.5i manual transmission EPA fuel economy rating now 22/29, up from 21/28 for 2013 manual transmission. No word on what changed though
new on 2.5i model -
new 17" Alloy Wheel/fog light package #21
new on Premium models,
all Premiums, both manual and CVT, now come with the All Weather Package standard
upgraded stereo: 4.3" LCD display, AM/FM/ HD radio, single CD, Sirius/XM satellite, 6 speakers, Bluetooth. The backup camera included with the optional moonroof pkg displays in this stereo
optional Navigation and Eyesight Packages are now available on Premium (you can't get both on the same car though),
Gone- you can't get the upgraded harman/kardon stereo on a Premium.
new on Limited models:
optional top of the line Special Appearance Package now includes Eyesight, in addition to keyless access/start, navigation/gps/Aha, saddle brown leather, turn signals in the outside mirrors, memory driver's seat, gray accented outside mirrors/front grill/alloy wheels, matte woodgrain dash trim, rear bumper cover
gone, dropped - Caramel Bronze, Graphite Gray, and Brilliant Brown which was only on 2013 Limited Special Appearance Package.
new Tungsten Metallic is a very pale champagne/beige color with silver gray undertones.
new Carbide Gray Metallic replaces, and is very similar to, Graphite Gray.
new Special Appearance package now available in Deep Indigo, Carbide gray, and Satin White,
Random and idle observations
The 2014 Premium package gets really good upgrades with the standard all weather package and upgraded stereo. Eyesight is available on the Premium
Top of the line Special Appearance package is now complete since Eyesight has been added to it.
Maybe next year: perhaps these will be available on the redesigned 2015 model due next year:
rain sensing front wipers,
memory drivers seat on all Limiteds (not just Special Appearance Package),
the return of a normal manual parking/emergency brake,
and from the 2014 Forester it would be nice to have- power gate, dimming outside mirrors.
Things I don't want to see ever ever ever on an Outback: the 2014 Forester's low mode CVT transmission