2001 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Nice but some erg issues

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Review

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Nice but some erg issues
By jeep8 on


2001 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Overall we like the Outback, but there are a few odd ergonomic issues. The switch for the sunroof needs to be held down to open or close. Since the sunroof has build in stops, to close you hold down until it stops moving, release the button, hold down again (repeat) Due to the short winshield (the roof slopes up in front) tall drivers (6'2") may have an issue with the rearview mirror creating a nasty blindspot. Also on rough roads your head may bump on the side handle (roof is narrow). A shorter person will not have these problems. As for quality I rank the Subaru below Toyota/Honda but above the Big Three. This is our second Subaru.

Best Features

Wonderful 4WD system. Great stereo. Heated area where wipers park. gas mileage.

Worst Features

Have the sunroof take up less space between the roof and the headliner. Increase the height of the windshield. Improve build qualiy. Headlight washers would be a good addition since the car is marketed toward bad weather driving.
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