Seems every time Subaru revamps a car there is quit a lot of controversy. I formerly drove a 1997 OB with 5 speed. I loved it but had to give it up due to poor ergonomincs. I'm 6'3" and used to get a lot of right hip pain when I drove for more than 2-3 hrs. I had a lot of 16 hr plus cross country trips in that car and it used to just wear me out. I had to swear off Subaru untill the 2010 came out.
Love the fit and feel. Very comortable, more economical with the 6 speed. Not a dog but not as sporty either. For real travelling, there is no substitute for comfort! Nice to be able to get to Sugarloaf after the 2 1/2 hr drive feeling fresh and ready to ski!
Very relieable so far!
Very comfortable on long hauls. Great foul weather driving, Great headlights. Soaks up poor surfaces well (Maine). Carries family of 4 with plenty of room.
Improved milage compared to prior model owned.
Rack system while clever is a bit limitting especialy if you already have a rack system. Most of my kayak mounts work, none of the old Thule bike systems work. Would be better to have a fixed rail system for aftermarket racks.
Coming from a Nissan Xterra to the Subaru was exceptionally easy. The 2010 Outback offers the greatest value, safety, fuel economy, and quality for a discriminating buyer. The 6spd is clean and crisp with close ratios for easy shifting. The AWD system performs exemplary with the only problem being slight cases of over confidence (a few trips around an empty parking lot to get used to the car is a smart move!). Subaru hit the mark with this car. The appeal of the vehicle is with a wide range of buyers with styling that is simple yet great for a family. Some have had issues with recalls on the vehicle but that shows a company willing to listen and improve their products.
AWD system with traction control. 6spd transmission option (very rare on SUVs), excellent safety ratings, 31+ MPG on the highway and 27-28 in the city, cool and efficient folding roof rack cross members, plenty of space for a family and two big dogs!
Folding side view mirrors (2011 solved that), memory seat for driver, full size spare tire, 4 cylinder needs some more low end grunt, back end likes to float a bit just prior to traction control kicking in.
My first Subie, be aware of the shakes that can occur with this car. Do some digging before you buy. Good gas mileage for the size, which is nice. There is a negative, very poor acceleration, I have the four with a manual transmission. You will need to plan your moves in the highway, faster traffic will come up fast in the passing lane and flooring the car does nothing. Comfortable ride on the highway, good seats.
Pretty basic transportation, hope this winter will be a little easier with a AWD vehicle. This was the main reason for the purchase.
Manual transmission is industrial, nothing smooth about it. The engine revs even after taking your foot off the gas pedal, this will drive you crazy. The whole ride thing with the shakes is bothersome, the whole vehicle seem like the front end wants to come around and be in the rear, strange.
I bought this after driving a 1999 Forester for 10 years. We also have a 2005 Outback in the family. I initially like that this Outback is bigger, but quickly found that it is clunkier to shift and does not have the pick-up or power I could feel in my old Forester. Also, the trunk/hatch door is unnecessarily heavy and a pain to open and close. There have been two recalls necessitating trips back to the dealer for fixes. Now, after having the engine just cut off during turns several times, I have learned from my dealership that they've seen this with 2010 Outbacks. Engines can just shut off while driving! Seriously dangerous and the recall for this has not yet been written.
Interior room and ground clearance
Need better quality, fewer need for recalls, and engines that don't cut out while turning. Go back to feel of shifting in older models.
Within a month of owning this car, the thin piece of trim above the rear hatch release snapped in half. To fix, the entire rear panel (with multiple parts, like the logo, lights, etc.) has to be bought: $400+. Thanks, Subaru. Why isn't this a large, solid panel? And why can't individual parts be purchased? Also, the hatch door can be difficult to close, making me repeatedly get out of the car to close the door. You have to slam it. Otherwise have loved the car. Road trip mileage of 34 mpg/500 miles on that tank! Previous car was 01 Forester with 180K.
The little blue interior light over the console. Love sunroofs, but wish it was larger. The Cypress green exterior is really nice.
Make the back panel a large panel, rather than a strip that can easily break. Subaru needs to sell parts individually, rather than sets. Make the hatch door easier to close. Sometimes I forget to set the brake. Would rather have a hand lever.