I wanted to up-grade from my compact to a vehicle that could serve more purposes: carry larger boxes/packages, be able to tow a small utility trailer, and feel more secure about driving during winter weather.
I did a lot of research and really liked the Subaru Outback. It has great crash ratings. It had good room inside, yet wasn't a tall boxy vehicle.
The week after I got my Subaru, we had a ice storm. My husband and I got out on our flat icy driveway and tested the Subaru and our other compact car. We gunned the gas and then hit the brakes. What a huge difference!!! The Subaru was much more manageable, braked great, and felt so much safer.
Fuel efficient, road hugging, spacious, nice amenities and very comfortable. With its 6-speed switchable automatic/manual transmission its at home on the highway as on two lane windey mountain roads -- a real pleasure to drive; I thought I would miss the 5-speed of my Scion xA but the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters fill in just fine. My driving is 50/50 Interstate and surface and my Outback consistently gets around 30mpg. With the rear seats lowered it has more cargo area than my son's Jeep Grand Cherokee.
This is my third Outback Limited. I transport dogs for a Golden Retriever rescue organization. The sunroof, leather seats, AWD, and interior/cargo room make it ideal for that purpose. I am getting great gas mileage for an SUV. The ride is comfortable and fairly quiet. My only two complaints are minor...the headrest has an uncomfortable tilt for someone who is short and the panel with the clock is difficult to read during the day. The Outback is fun to drive and looks good too.
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