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2006 Subaru Outback - Consumer Reviews

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Makes driving fun again
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By LDH
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2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I test drove this vehicle about 6-8 times comparing it to Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Acura, Nissan, BMW and each time the handling and "feel good" factor made the Outback the superior choice for me. My wife and I travel to the mountain states each year and can't wait to get into the Outback and put it through mountain roads at a good pace. We also have a Lexus RX 350 and we both barter to use the Subaru each week. If there is a hint of rain or severe weather, the Subaru is the automatic choice. Acceleration and the combined handling with the fuel economy is propelling this vehicle to compete with "all time favorite vehicle owned" for our house. A smart choice.


Best Features

The handling of the vehicle blows me away every time I put it through its paces. It is like owning a sports car in sheep's clothing. If you aren't smiling when accelerating with this car you aren't driving.


Worst Features

Storage room in the front seat is an issue when you are used to having space for keys, change, or other "stuff" you carry around. A larger glove box would help with this.


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Powerful Ride, Great Handling
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By Phipka
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2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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This is my third new Subaru and there are noticeable improvements from model to model. The only real negative I see is a hesitation to accelerate. This is a real problem when coming onto a road past a blind curve or pulling onto a parkway with fast unforgiving traffic. Otherwise the car has amazing handling and is the best foul weather car I have ever driven in. It is a little closer to the ground than my 2000 Outback Limited offering excellent stability in the wind. I particularly liked the sport shift when I went over the 16% grade of the Sonora Pass in California this year - I really feel safe in this car under almost any condition. 19/25 mpg traffic/highway.


Best Features

Safety, handling, ergonomics - no slide rear cargo liner - beautiful exterior.


Worst Features

Solve the acceleration lag - in any mode of driving - with this much power it should be immediately accessible.


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As Advertised--But With Minor Annoyances
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By VERY selective buyer
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2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Handling, safety and stability are all as advertised. I waited until I had driven this car on unplowed back roads in a New England snowstorm to post this review, and I must say the car handled extremely confidently in conditions that I otherwise would have shied from in previous vehicles. There is a feeling of solidity while still retaining an edge of sportiness with this sedan, and because there are relatively few 4-door Outbacks out there, it is a unique driving experience. Although I would recommend this car, please be aware it is not without some mind-boggling minor design flaws that make one wonder what some of the engineers were thinking when they put the finishing touches on this baby.


Best Features

Raised platform of frame with nice, high ground clearance; surprisingly quick acceleration; confident all-weather muscle; very comfortable heated seats; a unique, stylish look that is not present on the wagon version of this vehicle.


Worst Features

Trip odometer failed to work from the moment driven off the lot; highly annoying seatbelt "reminder" chime; poor ergonomics (awkward cupholder & stereo controls; my foot scrapes housing above brake pedal); borderline-useful computerized "features" that seem bound to cause headaches as vehicle ages.


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best Subaru yet
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By Nell
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2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I've had 6 Subarus over the years. 3 of them Outbacks. This car is fun to drive, has more than enough power, is strikingly handsome and has enough safety features to make my wife like it as much as I do.


Best Features

250 HP. AWD. Safety features everywhere.


Worst Features

Higher quality OEM tires.


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