Unlocking Extra Space in Your 2014 Subaru Outback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Removing the Backseat

If you are a Subaru Outback owner looking to create additional storage space or install aftermarket audio equipment, removing the backseat can be an essential step in achieving these goals. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to removing the backseat from your 2014 Subaru Outback. We will cover the necessary tools and materials, precautions to take during the process, and a step-by-step guide to ensure that you can remove your backseat quickly and efficiently.

Tools and Materials

Before we begin the process of removing the backseat, there are several necessary tools and materials you will need. These include:

  • Socket Set
  • Ratchet
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Torx Bit
  • Shop towel


Before removing any backseats of your Subaru Outback, it’s crucial to take safety precautions to prevent any damage to the interior of the car. We recommend:

  1. Disconnecting the car battery: Disconnecting the car battery will help prevent the risk of any electrical shocks.

  2. Protecting the interior: Use a shop towel to cover the metal parts of your seatbelt buckles, as these can otherwise scrape against the interior trim of your car during removal.

  3. Being careful with plastic clips: Make sure to avoid breaking any plastic clips at all costs, these are easily breakable.

Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you have gathered the necessary tools and taken precautions let’s begin step-by-step process of removing the backseat from your 2014 Subaru Outback.

  1. First, remove the bottom section of the backseat by pressing down and pulling up on the front part of the seat simultaneously. This will expose two brackets that need to be unscrewed with a socket set and ratchet.

  2. Next, remove the backrest from the seat by locating the two bolts located underneath the seat. Use a Torx bit to remove the bolts and pull the backrest from the seat until it is free.

  3. Now that the bottom and backrest are removed, locate the plastic clips attached to the seat’s securing bracket and remove them using pliers.

  4. Finally, the seat is unable to be removed due to the securing clips for the top laterally located on both sides of the rear seat. To remove the clips, lift the rear seat bottom and locate two securing clips on the each side of the seat, at the bottom and use pliers to release the clip’s base and slide them off quickly.

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Now that all of the clips and brackets have been removed, you can safely lift the backseat out its location.


Q. Can I remove these backseats alone?

A. Yes, removing the backseats is a simple DIY task, and anyone can do it.

Q. How long does the process of removing backseats take?

A. With the right tools and following the mentioned process, it takes about 20 to 25 minutes to complete the procedure successfully.

Q. Why should I remove the backseat of my Subaru Outback?

A. Removing the backseat can create additional storage space in the trunk of your car, installing aftermarket audio equipment and helping with other modifications you plan on doing.


As an owner or enthusiast of any car, it’s essential to understand everything there is about your car’s mechanics and modifications. Removing the backseat of a 2014 Subaru Outback is a relatively easy DIY task that can help you obtain additional storage space in your vehicle. By following this comprehensive guide, you can safely and efficiently remove the backseat and undertake any future modifications you desire.

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Billy Covington

With a passion for all things automotive, Billy is our go-to expert on Subaru performance upgrades and modifications. He's been featured in several car magazines and blogs, and his extensive knowledge and expertise make him a valuable member of our team. When he's not working on cars, he enjoys playing guitar and writing music.

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