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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.
Pros: My favorite feature is that the rear seats fold down completely
Cons: I have had this car for a year and a half and so far there is nothing that I do not like about it.
Advice: Test drive the outback and you will be soldThe Subaru Outback is WONDERFUL!!! I live in New Mexico in the mountains and it can handle any type of weather. I am very impressed with this car.
Cons: Limited Options
Advice: Test drive & fall in loveMy Outback 3.0 R sedan is an aberration in auto design & performance. I have owned it over two months (2200 miles) and drive in some of our planet' most hostile terrain, (New York City roads are unbearable). I love it and enjoy it's comfort & handling much more than my spouses 2005 Audi A6. This is the 2nd best auto I have ever owned. I paid under $29,000 that included adding on the only available option (Auto dimming mirror compass). Enjoy a test drive and you'll appreciate this cars value so much more.
Pros: Very classy interior and incredible performance from engine
Cons: gas mileage could be better--I average 15 cityand 25 hwy.
Advice: You will not be disappointed--I looked at RAV 4I have driven just over 7000 miles now on my 05 Outback XT Limited. I have the automatic transmission. This car is fantastic--it is utilitarian,and, unlike most SUVs, is still fun to drive. There is a slight turbo lag, which is sometimes annoying, but you can purchase an after-market AccessPort from Cobb Tuning which adds 30 hp and gets rid of almost all of the turbo lag, making the car much more linear in power delivery and much more fun to drive. I have owned many fine autos--Acura NSX, BMW, Lexus, Jaguar, Corvette--for the money, this Subaru is one of my favorites--it is comfortable, sporty, versatile, reliable, and has a fantastic upscale interior.
Advice: If you don't want to join the SUV/Minvan crowd, this is a great alternative.We were looking for an SUV/Minivan alternative. I know a few Outback owners who loved them, and I liked the styling changes for 2005. We wound up getting the 2.5i wagon. I really like the car and would recommend it to anyone who wants a safe car that gives a real feel of confidence in bad weather. Every time it snows, I clean off the car and go for a drive before the plows come out :) Up Side : AWD, Lots of airbags, Nice looks, Nice handling, Sports Shifter (4spd Auto) Down Side : Brakes lacking somewhat, not as roomy as some others, Mileage a little weak, 3rd party Stereo upgrades next to impossible at this time.
Pros: all wheel drive, air bags, safety rating, large sunroof
Cons: self dimming mirror w/compass should be standard, also low center armrest heating vehicle is very erratic in cold weather. too hot or too cold
Advice: drive on a long trip (may not be possible) but seats may be uncomfortable for someHave had 2.5i ltd wagon for two months now, just hit 5500 miles. Mostly highway driving. Have averaged 24.8 mpg so far. Hoping it will improve as weather gets warmer. Took a while to get used to extremely low armrest in center. Not going to shell out $150 to buy the extension kit. As I get more miles on vehicle I can see it 'moving out' a little faster. In a way wish I had gotten either the 6 or the turbo, but would have had to spend 3 to 4000 more & I hear they don't get great gas mileage. Just as well I didn't drive the turbo as I probably would have fallen in love with it. Great in the snow!
Pros: Body style, fit and finish
Cons: left leg foot rest
Advice: test drive it on curvy roads, you'll like the handlingI am a 1st time buyer of a subaru and believe that this will not be the last subaru I own. Other family members/friends have owned subarus and all have been very satisfied. I have owned the 2.5i wagon now for two days and can't wait to drive in the recent snow here in CA. The Kids love the car and their new found space(traded in a BMW 325i) and couldn't be happier I did. I'm 6'-2' tall and have ample leg room. The left side foot rest could have been better designed for tall people, but that's my only complaint. ENJOY!