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Subaru Outback Ratings

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    2010 Subaru Outback

    BEST OUTBACK

    Pros: space

    Cons: color choice

    This is Outback#5 and by far this one works! Its roomier in all ways interiorwise,yet just as compact on the outside(How'd they do that!) Great gas mileage and really smooth! What a car!!!!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2005 Subaru Outback

    second to none

    Pros: all wheel drive

    Cons: lack of rear armrest

    I've owned four Subarus since 1969 and never had to have one repaired. The one I owned longest was a 1990 Legasy sedan . I owned it for over 15 years, until I bought a new 2005,although it was still like new when I sold it. No other automobile made today compares to Subaru for quality and reliability.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2008 Subaru Outback - 2.5i (M5)

    Pros: I love the 'sport' shifting. Gives me better acceleration when getting on the freeway. As a second time Subie owner....I love the AWD!

    Cons: Cabin wind noise above 60mph is disappointing. After 14 years making this car I would have thought Subaru would resolve this issue.

    Advice: Just drive one......and fall in love with a Subie!!

    The 2008 Outback is responsive and handles well. The 170 hp, 2.5L engine is more peppy that I expected. Controls are easy to read and get to. Rear seat room is a little cramped compared to older Outback models, but front seating is comfortable. Plenty of cargo room in rear. I'm averaging about 23 mpg (combined city and freeway driving in L.A.)....not bad for AWD!! This is my second Outback.....I'll never drive anything other than a SUBARU!!!!

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    2006 Subaru Outback - 2.5i Limited (M5) Wagon

    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 comparing

    Applies 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).

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    2006 Subaru Outback - 2.5i Limited (M5) Wagon

    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.

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    2006 Subaru Outback - 3.0R L.L. Bean Edition (A5) Wagon

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Very limited storage in the front passenger areas

    Advice: Test drive both the XT limited with the turbo and the 3.0 with the V6 before you buy. Both are good but for different reasons.

    We drove this Subaru along with a Toyota Rav4 V6, Nissan Murano, and Honda CRV. The Subaru drove the most like a car, which is what we wanted. Handles curves well, very fun to drive. The LL Bean Edition provides the kinds of things you would like in an upscale wagon: V6, leather, heated seats, and even windshield wiper defrosters. The automatic tranmission is a bit twitchy when the air is on, but that can be remedied by going into 'sports shift' mode, which allows you to do clutchless shifting. If you want the utility of an SUV but the ride of a car, test drive this car with this trim (or 2.5XT Limited wagon)

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    2006 Subaru Outback - 2.5XT Limited w/Charcoal Interior (M5) Wagon

    Pros: 250 HP

    Cons: 19-24 mpg

    Advice: Get the 2.5 XT

    Excellent handling in the snow and rain. AWD, Comfortable leather seats. Huge sunroof, dual climate control, heated seats, Navigation. Loaded. Tested other cars with all of these options but they were thousands more. I also had tinted privacy windows, and self-dimming rearview mirror, and a trailor hitch installed. The turbo really propels this car! Great for New England weather..