2004 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Best alternative to SUV

2004 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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By spokanewa on


2004 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I love this car already; for one it can go up my 20% grade driveway, something my sebring convertible could not (when covered with snow). I don't like trucks/big suvs's and other ugly gas guzzlers, but wanted the big cargo. I don't think there are many cars with such a good gas mileage yet are as versatile. Storage is huge and roof cargo is easy to use (i.e. no need for a ladder to reach it). I don't find the car performance so bad; it's not nearly as smooth as the v6 i had on the Sebring, but it's more linear, power is the same at any RPM, whereas some V6 i tried like the Mazda 6 wagon only had punch at high RPM. Definitely more fun to drive that similar price small suv like RAV4 or CR-V.

Best Features

- Huge cargo (especially after folding seats) - All wheel drive - Handling just feels great, much better than the Sebring. - millage compare to suv's - de-icers - decent towing. - Utility car that doesn't drive like a 16 wheeler.

Worst Features

- You can fold the rear seat back 60/40 but the seat bench bottom is one piece, so what's the use. you can't fold half and seat somebody on the other half ! - Alarm remote clicking against ignition area (fixed by adding longer keychain - Slideable back seat for more back seat room or more cargo.
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