I love my Subaru Impreza Outback Wagon. It's such a reliable little car and is always ready to haul gear for my band, carry mulch for the garden, or go on vacation. My costs for repair in the last five years have been minimal, with the exception of replacing one oxygen sensor (to meet NY state inspection) and replacing the timing belt (standard after 60,000 miles).
My favorite feature is the hatch back which makes it easy to haul anything.
I wish the car had wheels instead of wheel covers, which always break and get lost. Also wish loading deck to trunk was lower. Seats should be a little bit higher and more padded/comfy.
The car has really kept us moving. It it good on gas (about 25 hwy) and rides smoothly. The turn radius is good for parking. The hatch back is ideal for around town for a trip to the grocery or even hardware store, as the back seats easily fold down (2/3 split) to allow one person in back while extra room is created for long items such as garden tools or lumber. The ride could be a little quieter but then that would mean more weight thus increasing mileage. So can't have everything. The AWD is great in heavy downpours or when snow begins to fall. I really feel secure to the road, even during these conditions.
Hatchback and fold downs seats let me fit anything. The AWD really help as Michigan's snow begins to fall. The gas mileage is great to get the kids to and fro and get us to work.
It should be less noisy. Cruising on the highway tends to be a bit windy sounding. The room in back seat is not ideal for tall persons.
Neding a small and reliable car for
daily commute, I looked over Honda,
Nissan, and the Dodge Neon, finally
deciding on the Suburu Outback Sport.I
have been driving a 1998 Dodge Ram 4x4
crew cab for the past three years and
needed something more economical for my
35 mile one way daily commute. The only
thing getting used to was the size
difference.Exterior looks great. Bought
used but well taken care of. It's a
pleasure and lots of fun to drive.
Interior could be appointed a bit nicer
for the price of the car, Who ever
designed the cup holder to sit in front
of the dash vent and heter/air controls
should be looking for a new job.