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Pros: Symmetrical AWD and better than expected actual mpg
Cons: Basic Outback not available in white
Advice: Don't believe EPA -- use on-board computer intantaneous mileage on test drive when comparingApplies to 2007 Basic Outback: Over 26 actual combined mpg per on-board computer, verified by manual calculation when refilling. Dealer indicates Subaru is negotiating for hybrid drive rights. Can't wait for a hybrid Basic Outback; it may rival our Prius for mpg in a larger, better handling, safer car. (Prius is only getting 40 mpg combined, well below EPA). Impressed with the engineering of the symmetrical AWD system. Cost of Prius and Basic Outback nearly identical. Cons: Basic Outback not available in white; gas fill on right instead of left side; no internal release lever for tail door and no keylock on passenger side (designed for FOB operation, but FOB is too fat for my keychain). Off-road suspension sacrifices ride comfort (for comfort get a Legacy wagon -- same as Outback except with lower-riding, smoother suspension).
Pros: It drives wonderfully with the 5 speed. The limited's interior is plush
Cons: Gas mileage and cramped interior.
Advice: Previous Subaru owners will love it. SUV owners may be scared away by it's cramped quarters.Test drove the 2.5 XT 5 speed, the 2.5i automatic and the 2.5i Limited 5 speed. The XT was incredible but I actually felt a bit stressed by the available acceleration! The 2.5i automatic didn't have the pep I wanted. The 2.5i 5 speed was just what I was looking for. Sporty, with good acceleration and lots of safety. Interior is a bit cramped if the whole family is aboard. Getting in and out of the driver's seat can be tricky. Gas mileage has been at the low end of the ratings, somewhere around 24-25 mpg. Considered older Outbacks but the resale is so high I went with a new 2006.
Pros: The Motor
Cons: The Design
Advice: Look For the comfortThis car is good in every condition. This car has Four Wheel drive. This car has 240 horsepower.
Cons: road noise
Advice: performance and family friendly and affordable.. stylish and comfyWOW!!! what a driving experience... performance, comfort, and family friendly... soooo much BANG for the buck!! i went from a truck lover to test driving this and i was hooked and the mods you can do to this is endless.... i love this car!!!
Pros: Handling & the huge moonroof are awesome.
Cons: I slightly bigger backseat would be nice & no ipod jack (added in 07)
Advice: If you desire more control definitely look for a manual tranny.All I have to say is... why did I not ever think about getting a wagon before. I'm a single guy who does a lot with the youth group at my church and I'm always hauling stuff and people around. I looked at many Used SUV's to trade my truck for and ended up looking at my Subaru 2.5 Special Edition Wagon. I didn't want to spend the money or the gas on a turbo, but the special edition is the best of both worlds. It looks like a GT and you get the big moonroof without all the leather and stuff. I got the 5spd and I'm thrilled with the whole package. More power is always welcome but compared to what I was used to, this thing is plenty quick. It's also quiet, comfy and handles great. Best part is that 17's and dual exhaust help make it the best looking wagon on the market which makes up for the fact that i'm a single guy driving a station wagon!!! All the utility of an SUV but I am getting 24-25 MPG in mixed driving so far. I live where we get a lot of snow so I can't wait to test out the AWD. If you can still find an 06 you can get a great deal on it and still get a 5spd in the wagon!
Pros: traction, snow
Cons: unreliable, costly repetitive repairs on wheel bearing and head gasket
Advice: dont buy subaru, buy toyota or something reliable, by friend the mechanic loves subaru, gues why?I an surprised how poorly the quality control is for subaru. at 15k it needed a new clutch, at 20k it needed a new head gasket, at 10k it needed a new rear wheel bearing, the same replaced bearing needed replacement at 50k, also at 50k it needed new rear knuckles at a price of 600$. now at 55k both rear struts are totally shot, to make matters worse, these are all widley known problems with subaru impreza for years, yet the company doesnt care. been to the dealer many times, never given a loaner car, had to pay for a cab for weeks.
Pros: AWD of course plus the double sunroof on the wagon.
Cons: Light color taupe interior will show dirt
Advice: If you can find one buy it.A great car at a great price. Two days after buying it we took it on vacation and avaraged 28.7 mpg over 1 week and 670 miles of 70% highway and 30% city driving. Ride is very smooth and controlled. Layout of the instrument panel makes it very user friendly. Although the turbo would add excitement to the driving experience the standard 2.5 engine will still get the job done.