I've had my 2006 Outback 2.5i auto for over a year, and am generally satisfied. I commonly drive offroad and in heavy snow conditions, and the AWD performs well. The car has done well under some bad conditions, and the AWD system has probably kept me out of a few snowbanks due to bad driving. The car is super comfy, and with a Yakima roof rack, you can haul plenty of people and gear. My primary complaint is the shoddy fuel mileage. I average about 21 mpg, with MPG dipping into the 18 mpg range when driving in the mountains here in WV.
PLENTY of space for gear. Stable car offroad/in snow. Interior is very comfortable, and spacious.
1) Improve fuel economy. 2) Real belly skid plates (I had to add them). 3) Additional lighting. 4) More powerful engine. 5) Integrated mounting points for aftermarket (Yakima) roofrack.
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