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2006 Subaru Outback Wagon - Consumer Reviews

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By Ann
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2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I really like this car. I bought it because the price compared to other similar AWD vehicles was the lowest by far. I needed something that gets around well on snow and that my dog can be comfortable riding in. I have the green color but the interior only came in ivory cloth and when I get in my car after working out I leave sweat marks! The car doesn't get around in the snow as well as my 1999 CR-V but it still gets around. I find the delay in accelerating to pass annoying but not a fatal flaw. The get-up-and-go is the best of any 4 cylinder I've owned - even my husband commented. The seats are comfortable but really low to the ground. I needed a practical car and this is it.


Best Features

Looks, AWD, fold down back seats which makes a large cargo area, side impact air curtains, ABS and heated seats. I'm getting about 25-26 MPG combined driving.


Worst Features

Darker fabric seat options, stability control, full size spare and figure out a way to raise the seats. My left knee is practically up by my chin when driving. Passenger side is even worse.


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Liked my old one better
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By Nancy
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2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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My 2006 Outback is the second one that I have purchased. I bought it sight unseen based upon my satisfaction with my 2000 Outback. My 2000 & I were in a near fatal road rage accident where I was forced off the road & hit a telephone pole head on at 50 MPH. I survived with very minor injuries but alas, the car did not. I really loved my 2000 Outback. I can't say the same about my 2006. As soon as I sat in it,I knew it was not the same vehicle. The seats were less comfortable, acceleration was not as good, the side view mirrors have huge blindspots due to the redesign. The windows whistle, The body is less sturdy, the glove box too small,cheap cup holders, donut tire, basically made cheaper.


Worst Features

Go back to making a quality vehicle with acceleration, body integrity, & better comfort


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Excellent car
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By D.B. Cameron
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2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This is my third Subaru. The first (1985) lasted 10 years (in Ohio salt country); the second, 11 years (Ohio - > California); the third is just 1.5 years old and doing very well. Almost no post purchase fix ups. Very reliable. Decent fuel mileage (26-27), Really fine road handling (I used to have sports cars), great "mudder" (I live in the mountains and ski a fair amount). Good night road view. Only irritating problem is that, compared with my old Legacy, it is larger on the outside and smaller on the inside; strange engineering. So far, at least, it looks like another 10 or 12 year investment.


Best Features

Road handling and fairly tight turning radius. Good outside view and mirror placement for this 5 foot 6 inch person.


Worst Features

More space inside and more small nooks to store things.


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Solid Subaru
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By ricardo
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2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5 XT 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

The car is solid as a vault and has been absolutely reliable. Plenty of power from the turbo 4, but the transmission is a little squishy on shifts. Great traction from the AWD, but the suspension is a little too soft for cornering. comfortable and quite ride. Car provides a feeling of confidence, and AWD is very effective since the 5 speed AT powers all wheels all the time (unlike the 4AT which is FWD biased). Mileage fairly poor ~20 overall, and never higher than 24 on highway. CD/radio a disappointment - rather mediocre custom built radio that can't be changed out or adapted for iPod.


Best Features

AWD and the turbo make the car useful and fun to drive. Auto dimming mirror, heated seats, power seats both sides, big sunroof, are great.


Worst Features

Use standard CD/radio or provide iPod/XM capability.


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Good Car For The Money
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By Ben
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2006 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This has been a good car, but I have one issue with regard to the all wheel drive. When turning into an intersection from a stop on fresh snow, the rear wheels will kick in with too much power resulting in the rear end sliding sideways. The dealer says I am applying too much gas, but Consumer Reports experts agree w/ me on this issue. Also, the passing gear hesitates 2 or 3 seconds before activating. The inside use of cloth in some of the places that get dirtiest...visors, inside door walls behind the arm rests, etc. should be something washable. Also the light interior colors are impossible clean, especially the carpets and cloth seats. Opt for a darker colors unless pet hair is an issue.


Best Features

This car is just a pleasure to own and drive. Plan on about 27 MPG for combined driving. For the most part, it is a well constructed car with comfortable seats and well designed gauges and controls. I am really very happy with this car.


Worst Features

Should have a compass as standard equipment. Rear wheels need to kick in with a little less force on slippery roads. Passing gear should activate almost immediately (there is a 2 or 3 second pause). Certain areas that get dirtiest should be made of something more washable than fabric.


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