On a price per feature and per
reliability ratings basis, I concluded
the LL Bean beat the AWD V-6 Passat and
Volvo. The styling, in and out, and
the materials quality of the Subaru
does not match those competitors,
however, so I do not get excited to
drive the Outback as I might the
Passat, nor do I have the cache that
comes with driving a Volvo. But I get
more storage space, better foul weather
operation (Subaru's more sophisticated
AWD and higher elevation off the
ground), more hi end horsepower and
extra luxury features for my money.
Quiet V-6 engine w/ great passing speed
acceleration (but not off the line).
Heated sideview mirrors and wiper de-
Look/feel of MOMA steering wheel.
Weather band radio.
Decent fake wood trim.
Dual moon roof greatly brightens up
Improve speed off the line, e.g., to
get to highway speed much faster.
Better front seat cushioning.
Wind noise from roof rack's cross-beams
very noticeable on highway.
Deepen cup holders.
Add stereo controls to steering wheel.
Add steel frame around door windows for
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