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Pros: Heated windshield wipers
Cons: Display lights on both radio and climate controls need to work together
Advice: Drive all the other competitors and save the Outback for last, see the difference!After checking several all-wheel drive cars and trucks in the same class, the Outback H3-3.0 sedan wins! The interior is beautiful, easy to use and is assembled of high-quality materials. No other car could beat the options at the same price. I even tried the entry-level Land Rover and the Subaru is superior. The BMW's all-wheel drive system in not even close to the smoothness of the Outback. The best part is the power of the engine!! The supercharged 4cylinder of the Audi doesn't match the wonderful energy of my 3.0 boxer engine in my Subaru. It's my first Subaru and will probably not be my last. Once you drive one in the snow, you're sure to be sold!!
Pros: All Wheel Drive
Cons: Emergency brake recall.
Advice: Test drive one in the snow. You'll be hooked.The H6-3.0 engine is responsive and the vehicle handles extremely well in the snow. My other car is a 3 year old Mercedes E320 and I find myself gravitating to the Subaru. The seats are heated, comfortable, excellent lumbar support and certainly as good as my Benz. The upgraded indash CD system is very good. (Not as good as the Benz, but still very good,) The finish of the Subaru is outstanding. It is a well built and solid vehicle. It rides exceptionally well for a sports wagen.
Pros: Well built unit
Cons: Seats and sound
Advice: Shop for autos with better seatsSubaru has always pinched on the seats and standard sound---I don't understand why they don't get it that the front seats are bearable, but not more than that. We had to upgrade the dinky cd/radio and speakers. Too bad! Finally, they could make the unit a little wider to add seat and leg room.
Pros: Suspension and road holding
Cons: The seats
Advice: If the seats work for you - buy it.This vehicle handles more loke a sport car than a station wagon. It is solid and sure footed. The six cylinder engine is smooth and quiet, but it does requjire the highest grade fuel for best performance. I am 6'5' and I find the seats to be terrable, hard with little leg support. Eventhough drivers leg room is stated as being 43.3' it sure dosen't feel like it.
Pros: The versatility of the interior cargo space.
Cons: Automatic climate control. When activated the fan starts out on High, which can be annoying. It would be better to start on low or medium-low.
Advice: Test drive the vehicle for more than 30 minutes and test everything.Acceleration is very good, cornering is surprisingly good despite the size of the vehicle with very little lean. Braking is good which is attributed to the four wheel disc brakes. The vehicle rides very nicely and handles well. Sound system is quite good. If you can afford it, the premium sound package with subwoofer and in-dash CD changer are worth it. The weather-band (WB) feature on the radio is very useful. I never seen a WB in a vehicle before. Packed with lots of features to impress most drivers, the price is more than justified. Very satisfied customer here.
Pros: Great Stereo Sound
Cons: Premium fuel required by 6 cyl. engine.
Advice: The L.L. Bean Edition with its extra options is worth the price.Very smooth ride. Great sound system with optional CD-Changer Stereo. Seating very comfortable. Engine has excellent response. Brakes are outstanding. Very predictable handling.
Pros: The silent and turbine smooth Boxer-6 engine
Cons: The fact that the seat heaters are all or nothing
Advice: Get the H6-3.0; this car needs the power.This wagon can accomodate 5 people, their luggage, and skis for a week-long ski trip. It is exceptionally smooth, well built, and quiet. The H-6 is an exceptional engine that is superior to it's eupropean compition. GM should use Subaru's engines in it's Saab line. I can only imagine it as a Saab Turbo. Overall the Subaru is a better car the Volvo, and it's all-wheel drive system is technically superior to both the Audi and Volvo. This is a great family car, and I would recomend it to and SUV owner as well. Way to go GM for buying Fugi Heavy Industry.