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Pros: AWD of course plus the double sunroof on the wagon.
Cons: Light color taupe interior will show dirt
Advice: If you can find one buy it.A great car at a great price. Two days after buying it we took it on vacation and avaraged 28.7 mpg over 1 week and 670 miles of 70% highway and 30% city driving. Ride is very smooth and controlled. Layout of the instrument panel makes it very user friendly. Although the turbo would add excitement to the driving experience the standard 2.5 engine will still get the job done.
Pros: Dual moonroof
Cons: Power locks - they are reverse from what you would think it would be logically (but you get used to it)
Advice: Get it, you won't be sorry.This is a review for the 2006 2.5i Limited with manual transmission. I have had this car for almost two weeks. I have driven it almost 1,000 miles in that time. I have been on the freeway, highway, side streets, and dirt roads. Up hill going fast and uphill going slow (due to conditions). This is just an excellent vehicle. If you are NOT towing anything or hauling particularly heavy loads, I don't know why anyone would opt for the turbo or V6 with the higher gas prices and lower MPG. On a four hour trip which was mostly freeway and about 60% of the trip was at speeds of 75 mile an hour (or slightly higher : )) I averaged 30.0 MPG. Can you beat that for a car like this?
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)
Pros: Symmetrical all-wheel drive
Cons: lack of 'standard' features
Advice: don't pay more than stickerHave only test driven this car (will buy later this year). It's been quite a few years since I had to give up my turbo RX-7, and I figured it was time to step into a fast car again. The blend of function and speed made this car appear quickly on my list. This car was very responsive, quick, no lean on tight curves, and a stupid smile quickly appeared on my face. Cons: for the cost of the base model, you don't even get the spoiler or sunroof (my VW Golf has heated seats and a sunroof), also, the road noise is much worse than the impreza RS. Thirdly, I think the fog lights should be standard and I'm not all that impressed with the design of the back end. Pros: FAST, with LOTS of torque (compare with the more-expensive RX-8). Also, while the RX-8s and mustangs of the street will be stuck at home in inclement weather, this all wheel drive - low center of gravity beast will be flying through the snow and mountain passes. If I have to give up some creature comforts for the advanced performance and engineering, I think it's worth it.
Pros: 250 HP
Cons: 19-24 mpg
Advice: Get the 2.5 XTExcellent 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..
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: Roadhandling and control, durability and style.
Cons: Leg room and head room. The car was not made for people that are 6.'7
Advice: Get a manual if you like control on icy roads. Get an automatic if you prefer to be lazy.We bought an '05 Outback manual drive. It has plenty of power to get up the mountain with 3 people and gear, although the turbo version would be faster. It handles amazing on windy and slippery roads. It is defenitely superior to any 4x4 and all-wheel drive I've ever driven on snow. The interior of the car is very stylish yet practical. I love the refined look of the front. By the way, I'm getting over 29 miles to the gallon!