My first Outback '97 had 140k now my second has 109k and I'm sure there will be a third. I researched all 4wd/AWD vehicles and there were and still are none that offer so much for the money. I LOVE the gas mileage I get w/the 2.5 liter engine - the most was 32 mpg hwy and my car is loaded moon roof etc. I also love the heated seats, reliability, side airbags, huge moon roof, security system, 6 CD stereo system - well I might as well say I love everything about it. I don't have kids so I just haul myself and luggage or camping gear. I did fit an entire twin bed in the back - mattress, box spring, frame and headboard with room left for driver and passenger. The ride and handling are exceptionally smooth because the two models I have had were built more like a car - prior to the redesign. I'm nervous about the newer redesigned one because I've heard a lot about it feeling more like a truck or SUV. Well if the redesign is not to my liking I'll buy a used model prior to 2010.
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2009 Subaru Outback - , 10/02/2013
I am very happy with my purchase of the Subaru Outback. It is a solid vehicle that is very easy to handle. It feels good driving on the highway and during rain. It really holds the road.
2009 Subaru OutbackG - Richmond, VA05/29/2012
After several weeks of searching on-line for a 6-cylinder Outback, one popped up on CarMax. My on-line inquiry got a quick response from a nearby saleswoman, and she was very helpful thru the whole process. I had to wait a couple weeks to get it transported from Nebraska here to River City, but it was worth the rate.
Except for a warning in the owner's manual about using regular gas, everything about this little AWD wagon is fine. It does 'run better' on mid-grade than regular so that's what I've been putting in it. For the past several years I've been driving a Dakota 4WD that got about 10 MPG in town and 18 on the road, so the Outback's 22 in town and 28 on the road impress me the most.
I wanted the AWD to get me out of my neighborhood when it snows, but driving it for a thousand miles in rain and shine shows me that the little car is extremely well balanced, and never feels like the back end wants to whip around to the front like an un-loaded pickup or other smaller car.
My impression about the 4-cylinder Outbacks is they sound like sewing machines and aren't very peppy. I'm glad I held out for a 3.0 6-cylinder engine, is plenty quick, doesn't make that throaty growl like the Dakota when accelerating up an on-ramp, but I'd rather retire (in a couple of years) with a higher-mileage vehicle and the 3.0 engine is a good compromise for me.
There's nothing I don't like about it, and I look forward to putting a couple hundred thousand miles on it.
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