Was very happy with my '01 Outback which I put 155,000 miles on before trading in with a value of $5,000. Purchased a '05 Limited that has a much upgraded interior, better ergonomics, better sight lines, more power (better torque curve even with 2.5 base engine) and better fuel economy. Great value and an excellent alternative to an SUV (even though this model now falls into this class, it's a car and handles like one thankfully).
More power for base engine. Offer a hybrid version or diesel.
Instead of hitting the brake in a turn you hit the gas. The 4 wheel drive and way the transmission delivers power rocket the car through any turn. There is no body lean to speak of. It takes all the road imperfections and runs right through them. Nice driver's car. Looked at an Acura TL and this handled better, much tighter turning radius, and 3 times the cargo space. The BMW with equivalent horsepower was way out of my price range. Go for it. I got $1,000 under invoice. They have hidden incentives to the dealer in the form of contests.
This is a significant improvement over the '01 model. Ride, handling, performance, quietness, appointments, comfort all a big step up in quality and value. Subaru really put some thought into the redesign of the Outback. This car is not just a utilitarian vehicle (AWD & wagon) anymore, but a real contender with any car in it's price range.
Think of the turbo lag as the afterburner kicking in. Man, this car rocks! It handles beautifully. At the same time, casual driving is sedate, refined and just tremendously better than previous model wagons.
Needs a Turbo 6! Gauge lighting too bright, arm rest too low, brake handle too high, lumbar in seat too narrow, automatic zone comfort control not flexible enough, funky looking rear spoiler, tilt wheel is a bit lame (still).
This is a terrific car much more responsive than the 6 cylinder. Wanted to get the Limited, but am too tall for the sunroof. Why does a nice interior require a sunroof? Great handling for a car with this much ground clearance. Good job, Subaru.
Acceleration, handling, visibility.
Leather w/o sunroof, more convenient radio dial controls, a little more rear legroom.
For a first time new car buyer, the Subaru Outback is great! The only thing I don't like is the seatbelt safety bell rings constantly when the car is running and you are not even in the car. The alarm goes off when no one is in the passenger seat because it was kicked back too far. The drivers seat even went off when I was driving down the highway and buckled up. That was scary! The other thing was that the rubber molding in the rear wheel well fell off. It needs more behind the seats pockets for holding goodies. The glove box never shuts on the first try.
I love the heated seats and titanium design. Overall I am very pleased. It even made it through a hail storm with no dents! Good stereo too.
Turn off the safety bell after 5 rings. More seat storage pockets. Bigger glove box or redesign of one. Better fuel economy.