2004 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Can't beat it

2004 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition Wagon (3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Can't beat it
By miken2uzu on


2004 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Chose the L.L. Bean Outback over a Highlander, Pilot, Matrix, XC70, and A4 wagon. You just can't get another car with full time AWD, 8 inches of ground clearance, leather interior, dual moonroofs, 6 CD changer, ABS, side airbags and a 212 HP engine for less money (we paid just over $28k). We've had it for about a year, and the Outback's winter performance is better than any SUV I've ever driven (including Explorer, Yukon, Jimmy and Envoy)- it is so much more confident on icy corners. I'm a volunteer firefighter who MUST be able to get on the road no matter what the conditions, and this car got me to the station through 10 inches of snow on unplowed roads more than once.

Best Features

Winter performance- AWD, heated seats & windshield wipers, high ground clearance. Stereo (upgraded, non-Macintosh), 6 CD changer, build quality/reliability after 1 year, outrageously confident handling in bad weather/off-road. Good maintenance program- in first year I've only paid for gas.

Worst Features

Front seats need better thigh/back support, rear seets need more leg & shoulder room- don't think about fitting more than 2 adults in the back (though 2 do fit comfortably. Center armrest needs to be higher, softer, and longer. Needs Telescoping steering wheel and rear privacy glass
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