Before there was the iconic WRX lineup of Subaru sporting vehicles, this once very practical brand of vehicles made its name with the Subaru Outback. Over the course of multiple generations it has grown in popularity, size and utility and there is no doubt the 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R is the best of the breed. But according to some Americans there is still some confusion as to where the Subaru Outback comes from given its misleading name. Yes, dear readers, there are a number of Americans out there who think the Subaru Outback is an Australian car.
For the record, Subaru is owned by Fuji Heavy Industries which is a Japanese firm and the Outback is built here in the United States (Indiana to be precise) at the first auto plant to ever put out zero landfill waste. So it’s really a Japanese/American hybrid built in one of the “greenest” plants in the world. So while we fear most Americans think “Australian” steak house and not Australian Desert when they hear the term Outback this should put an end to such foolishness once and for all.
Or should it? Despite constantly setting the voice on the navigation system to “U.S. Male,” the gentleman giving the directions always did so with a, you guessed it, an Australian accent. Now, our tester may have just been possessed with an electrical issue or Subaru is playing into American’s own misconceptions about the brand. So which is it Subaru? Was this just a vehicle fault or are you messing with America’s own Geographic stupidity? A mystery to be sure.