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Pros: awd/ heated seats/ gas mileage
Advice: buy one you'll love itAttractive, safe, handles great. Favorite car we've ever owned and would buy another one without hesitation. Many compliments on the looks of this vehicle and on the ride.
Pros: Overall Value - Compared to other vehicles we looked at
Cons: Gas Milage
Advice: Drive one - This car will surprise youPurchased the Subaru late February and have been very pleased so far. The down side is gas consumption! Expect 17-18 city and 20-21 highway. Still better than 90% of the other vehicles in this class. The biggest surprise I've had so far is the interior and ride quality. We test drove the BMW X3, Infinity FX35, Lexus RX330 and ended up with the Subaru. The ride is far superior to the BMW and Infinity, and right on par with the Lexus. I never thought I would say a Subaru is as good as a Lexus but its true. On a last note we paid $28,500, over $10,000+ less than the other vehicles we were lokking at.
Pros: I smoked a 350Z off the line last week . 'Nuff said .
Cons: The sound system leaves a little to be desired .
Advice: Find a discount gas bar , stick a fuzz buster in the glovie and buy it ! Tonight .This car is a rocket . I bought it in April '05 and have already racked up some 18,000 trouble-free miles , including some 100 mph giddy-yups in the fastlane on the freeways in Minnie . It loves the lousy weather to bits and I've never felt safer than I do in this Subie . The gas mileage is less than stellar , though I have to cop to being my own worst enemy there because the urge to boot it and feel the turbo spool up is almost pathological . I find that, with the 5 speed AT , if you put it in manumatic mode , much of the turbo lag is eliminated during expedited launches , though it's also plenty fast when the tranny does its own shifting too . Great car !
Pros: Handling the awd is great
Cons: The sound system really need better speakers
Advice: Take a look at all the subarus, drive them they handle great.It sits high, but not so high that you have to climb up into the car. Lumbar support and seat ajustability great. Ride is quite and smooth for the type of cars I was looking at. On steep upgrades it's best to down shift.
Pros: Dynamic all wheel drive system.
Cons: No distractors.
Advice: It is a basic vehicle with high engineering integrity.I have owned my Outback for nearly two years and have driven 40,000 miles. It is impressively engineered and designed to cope with inclement weather, especially snow. This is our first Subaru and we are actively seeking to replace our second vehicle with yet another Subaru. I would highly recommend this vehicle to those who are both economy and environmentally minded.
Pros: AWD of course.
Cons: It could use a bit more power.
Advice: Always test drive and spring for the turbo version if you can.Very comfortable to drive and I feel confident in all conditions. This is my third Subaru and second Outback. I'm a bassist in a band and this wagon always gets me to the gig no matter what I bring. Great great car! I love my Subaru!
Pros: Brilliant blend betwWhere to begin.... I'm clearly a believer (but isn't that the point... you're looking for creed here not another cliche dissenting opinion) I have owned 2 Subaru wagons: both tie for the most functional car I've eeen function and form.
Cons: gas milage
Advice: Get the XT you won't be disappointned (thought the mileage is worse) the performance more than makes up for the difference. Be honest... it's a Subaru so indulge (you've saved not only money... but yourself from the snobb factor of an Audi / BWM / Volvo)Where to begin.... I'm clearly a believer (but isn't that the point... you're looking for creed here not another cliché dissenting opinion) I have owned 2 Subaru wagons: both tie for the most functional car I've ever owned (in re: mileage, stow-ability, 'go-anywhere' muscle) but never really known to turn heads. The '05 (minus the poor gas mileage in the XT) are all that Sub-wagons have been know for plus a big ole bag-o-chips on the side. The chips are flavor: major interior / exterior style factor improvements. If you haven't bought Subaru before, don't be fooled by the German, American, or other Japanese 4WD attempts: all things considered Subaru is better, less expensive and full of time-tested engineering advantages (such as boxer engine / drive-train / sync-style AWD (which directly impact the reliability / quality). All in all (granted this is from the choir) 05 Subaru Outback XT is now a vogue top shelf 'spirit' at a predictably fair corner tavern price. Bad metaphor but the message is true true true. The XT also is faster (ha ha ha...) than my friend’s 42K BMW 325Xi wagon.