2003 Subaru Outback 3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - No Audi, but the price
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2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

2003 Subaru Outback VDC AWD Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

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VDC Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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No Audi, but the price is right
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2003 Subaru Outback VDC AWD Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

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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.

Favorite Features

The McIntosh stereo flat out ROCKS! And the VDC is simply astonishing in the rain--I can't get this car to skid.

Suggested Improvements

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.
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