2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Review

Friday May 4th, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: AKramer

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Potent 3.6 L 6-cylinder engine
  • Off-road capability of an SUV
  • Luxurious interior
  • Plenty of cargo room
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • On-road handling is disappointingly soft
  • Exterior design is a step backwards
  • Mediocre premium audio system

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For years Subaru has marketed its Legacy Outback as the SUV alternative for the outdoor crowd, with all the practicality and off-road capability of an SUV, but minus the bad SUV on-road handling. Which makes the fully redesigned 2010 Outback (the Legacy name has been dropped entirely) a bit of a head-scratcher, since it is bigger and more SUV-like in every way, from the increased height, width, and length, to the more SUV style appearance and ride. The increasing popularity of car-based crossovers must have convinced the engineers at Subaru that being an SUV isn’t that bad after all.

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2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Review – A safe car for the storm of the decade.

Friday February 19th, 2010 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: Francois

2010 Subaru Outback visiting Bear Valley, CA

By Francis Cebedo

Good:

  • New double-wishbone rear suspension and other chassis enhancements deliver smoothest, quietest ride ever in an Outback.
  • 9 cubic feet more room over previous model
  • Ample hidden storage compartment under the rear panel
  • Excellent fuel economy at 22 city/29 hwy
  • Feels ultra safe
  • 6-speed manual
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Innovative parking brake release
  • Very comfortable travel car

Bad:

  • Redesign is tall and unattractive
  • 170 hp engine feels underpowered
  • No turbocharged or diesel engine options
  • Very uninspired handling car
  • It’s a safe and practical car but the fun is less
  • Side mirrors do not fold back
  • The heated seats seem to completely shut off and on for long periods

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2009 Subaru Outback Review – the car that loves the outdoors, no matter the conditions!

Thursday March 5th, 2009 at 9:33 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2009 Subaru Outback
By Holly R.

Pros:

  • Really decent acceleration in “sport” and “sport sharp” mode
  • Lots of room in the seats and back of the car
  • Drives great in off-road type conditions (grass, gravel, dirt), and handled a terribly stormy day (wind and sideways rain) with aplomb
  • Tinted windows were a nice touch both for security and curb appeal

Cons:

  • No built-in Bluetooth®
  • Tinted windows limit outward vision

Introduction:

I’d rented an Outback on an out of town trip before, but that was before I started writing car reviews! I was curious about how it would stand up to a real test, and knew that if the weather sucked, the car would certainly not let me down. It was like the weather knew too… So I was able to test this car in some pretty crappy conditions. Excellent!

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Subaru Outback vs. Jeep Wrangler – Finding the better sand machine.

Friday September 19th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

I stepped up to the rental desk at Norfolk International and asked for a Jeep. Any Jeep, so long as it had four wheel drive. The cheerful rental company representative, who looked like Edie McClurg in Planes, Trains and Automobiles presented me with a choice of three Jeeps: a Compass, a Grand Cherokee or a Wrangler. Now since the business, tax-writeoff justification end of my vacation was to pit a Jeep against my brother’s new Subaru Outback and run them ragged along the endless driveable beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, I needed the most capable Jeep available to really put the Outback through its paces. I slapped my finger down on the miniature picture of the Wrangler.

The representative smiled, handed me the keys and the paperwork. I signed a few documents and was just about on my way when she pulled out a huge red stamp and slammed it down on the rental agreement.

“Oh, you’ll need to sign this too, honey.” I looked at the stamp and all I could think about at that moment was Edie’s famous two word response to Steve Martin’s F-bomb tirade, “You’re f**ked.”

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2008 Subaru Outback – First Impressions

Friday September 28th, 2007 at 11:99 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2008 Subaru Outback

By Gary Chan

Pros and Cons

  • Solid structure
  • Quiet at cruising speed
  • Generous amount of storage
  • Feels heavy
  • Excessive engine noise when floored

Introduction

Looking for an AWD wagon and the price tag of Audi A3 or Volvo wagon is a little steep for your pockets? Now that the Outback has been around for 14 years, its styling is toned down making it a viable option in this limited field. It’s got lots of storage, good historical reliability (at least since 2004), and good gas mileage. Try it, you might like it.

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