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Pros: Rearview mirror
Cons: not enough ground clearance
Advice: Buy from a reputable dealer.Excellent handling. Crash results are reassuring. Knowing it's a Subaru makes the price a bit more bearable.
Pros: Turbo Power!!!
Cons: It's a little hard to get in and out of.
Advice: Go for the manual transmission!Power, Power, Power...and it handles like a cat. I can't imagine owning anything else
Cons: BACK SEAT ROOM
Advice: BUY IT WITH THE SHORT THROW SHIFTER.THIS CAR IS A GREAT VALUE. THE ALL WHEEL DRIVE IS FANTASTIC IN THE SNOW. THE PERFORMANCE IS NICE TO HAVE IF YOU NEED IT. TALK ABOUT ACCELERATION!
Pros: All wheel drive makes the car feel glued to the road.
Cons: Automatic transmission really saps the power.
Advice: Get the manual - it's a blast to drive.Friends and family insisted that Subarus were very poor cars. They couldn't be more wrong. The Outback Sport (Impreza Outback) is not only affordable, it's got all-wheel drive, a peppy 165 horsepower, standard air, standard CD-player and it's an absolute blast to drive! Be sure to get a manual, though, as the automatic feels much weaker for some reason. Since I'm a big guy I needed the extra head and leg room offered by the Outback model, and it's very comfortable. After test driving the manual Impreza Outback, I was sold.
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: Handling-Fun to drive
Cons: That It had to be ordered and I had to wait weeks for it to arrive
Advice: Drive one for yourself, and speak to other owners of this vehicleThis is a comfortable and fun to drive car. Handling is excellent, with impressive cornering. It doesn't ride roughly like some of the SUV's I've driven or ridden in. It's lower profile doesn't make it feel like a tippy rollover threat. The visibility is outstanding. I'm getting good mileage too. Safety features are important to me and this car has several. The cargo space has proved ample for my trips to the Home Depot, and also for transporting two Golden Retrievers in dog crates with room to spare.
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.