Added hieght of the Outback is a plus, not as
high as an SUV but only slightly lower than a
minivan's line-of-sight. Short skirted pistons
can sometimes rap when cold but quiet down
after warming up to operating temperature in
this horizontally opposed 4 cyl. Expect low
20s for local driving MPG. Not bad considering
AWD is FUN in snow and a help in all weather
Subaru has a "fix" for an external head
gasket leak that the 4 cyl. tends to develop.
A "conditioner" additive for the anti-
freeze, which will seal the leak. Subaru
extends the warrenty to 100k miles, as long as
a dealer replaces the coolant and conditioner
at the required intervals.