This is a very good car, but
hardly "Lexus-like". For one thing, the
comparable Lexus is the ES300, which is
awful for torque oversteer. But the
ride comfort and quietness of the
Outback don't approach the Lexus, nor
my old A4 Quattro. And the handling has
always been disappointing--yeah, I know
it's a "sport utility sedan" and not
set up for sport touring sedan handling
like the A4, but I wish it was.
The McIntosh stereo flat out ROCKS!
And the VDC is simply astonishing in
the rain--I can't get this car to skid.
I'd hoped they'd drop the H6 in a
Legacy GT and put leather and climate
control on it, but instead they're
blowing the 2.5 H4. The Mercs and
Beamers are too expensive, the Jag is
underpowered, and the local Audi dealer
bites, so I settled for the Outback.
It's pretty decent.