Our first Outback was purchased in
2000. My wife was in a major accident
with our first Outback when a 1970's
Lincoln Continental ran a red light and
smashed into the front portion of my
wife's car...it was totaled. She
suffered minor injuries. While she was
being taken by ambulance to the
hospital, she was asked by the EMT what
car she was in. After saying she was in
an Outback, the EMT replied that the
car probably saved her life. He also
added that he bought his wife an
Outback based on what he has seen from
many accidents involving Outbacks. It
was quite an endorsement, and we bought
a replacement Outback two weeks later.
1. Safety, safety, safety.
2. AWD - works very well in deep snow.
3. Interior design.
4. Exterior styling.
5. Flat folding rear seats.
6. Back seat leg room.
Our 1999 Outback is low on engine
power. It was improved in the 2002
version with a 6-cylinder option.