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2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Bought this car new off the lot and I have owned it for 1.5 years. From the very start I've had nothing but problems. Here's a list of issues: The GPS hard drive unit crapped out, entire unit replaced. Sun roof leaked twice in the first rains. Had to have new seals put in and buy a car cover. Sound system has been horrible from the start. At low volume the sound goes in and out in waves. Plastic seat casing along driver side seat kept popping off the track and then cracked. Passenger seat motor died, replaced. Check engine light keeps reappearing for gas cap (erroneously). Electronic e-break system keeps getting stuck engaged causing excessive wear. There's more but I'm out of characters.
The space in the car is amazing. Rear passengers have plenty of leg room. The inside feels enormous while the body feels like a sedan. Even though there is a wobble/shimmy while driving straight on the freeway, the car handles corners really well, especially for a wagon. AWD is great and drives amazing in ice and snow. Front seats recline all the way back - awesome. Rear seats even recline a bit.
Awkward placement of automatic window buttons. The foot heater is pretty much non-existent, works great in all other directions. Needs better sound system (see above complaint). Needs better visibility. Paddle-shifters on the steering wheel are an awful idea for people who drive windy roads, they should have kept them on the shifter in the center console.
2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
It has been about a year of ownership of my Outback. This is the family's 3rd Subaru and my 2nd Outback. It may be too nice a car for me. Subaru owners use their car for hard work, rough terrain and bad weather. The 2010 model change made the car nicely refined and still able to perform those utilitarian functions. The upgraded audio/Bluetooth option was a good investment. I love the CVT transmission: in the mountains it adjusts as necessary instead of the constant shifting up & down on convential trannies. The 4-cylinder is more than adequate to climb on the interstate hills at full speed. The larger interior is great. The gas mileage is much better than expected.
The larger gas tank adds to the long range of this vehicle. I didn't think the shift paddles were a good idea but found they are a MUCH better way to downshift when going downhill. The downsides of this car are typical of the class. The steering is a bit loose. It's noisy at higher engine speeds, but quieter than the CRV I also considered. The vent fan is noisy at the 2nd speed position but I normally don't need it higher than the first. I was disappointed the 2010 didn't have breakaway side mirrors, but I can now buy one which makes this less of a concern. The roof rack is accepatable but our ski bindings barely fit between the fore & aft cross bars. The bike rack fit fine.
Thumbs up on this Outback.
2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) 2.5i Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Over all, the vehicle is awesome. Had some issues with rattle in roof liner up near the sunroof, front passenger door. Dealer fixed. Another issue now surfaced after the custom installed the ambient light package, now the switch for the vent on the passenger side is stuck in the open position. They also put watered down wiper fluid in the wiper fluid tank during the last oil change. Drove to upstate NY where the washer jets froze up. Had to go to the store and buy real wiper fluid that doesn't freeze, then let the car engine warm up the frozen lines. Other than that, no other issues.
It's snow capability. I got caught coming home from work in the snomagedden after Christmas in NJ. Drove to the shore where I live from up in Piscataway, left work at 6pm took 2 hours to drive what normally takes 30 min. The closer I got to home the deeper the snow got. Came down my street was un-plowed and about 9 inches on the ground with 2.5 ft drifts of light fluffy snow, the outback just plowed right through that drift and kept going, snow came up over the hood, and blew off the windshield, turned around at the dead end near the beach sand dune came back up the street absolutely no problems backing up and turning around. Wagon is so unbelievable in the snow with that AWD.
Nothing, it's a great car. Very comfortable on the highway it's a real comfortable highway cruiser, lots of room inside especially back seat leg and head room. Absolutely no improvements need to be made, this is one awesome ride. :)
I needed a larger car due to family expansion and was drawn to the Outback due to the MotorTrend SUV of year award. Since owing the car since June, I believe that award to be false advertising. Our 2.5 Ltd does have good mpg & excellent interior design and ergonomics however there are too many minor issues to be truly satisfied with the car. The 2.5 H4 with the CVT transmission is weak and clunks when getting out of D or P; steering wheel vibrations @ 70-80 mph is hand numbing during long trips; Non-folding side mirrors annoying when parking; rear end sways in side winds; AC does not stay cold when idling; roof cross bars inadequate for most rack systems; the stereo sounds terrible. Sigh.
High ground clearance, Driver controls easy to reach. Reclining rear seats. Ample room for baby seat, baby stroller, and large dog carrier. Leather is soft. If you can live with the negatives, the car is a good price alternative versus the AWD Toyota Highlander/Venza and Ford Edge SUV/CUVs.
Fix the steering wheel shake. The shake was not evident until AFTER driving 2800 mi. During the test drive it was NOT there. When the car is @ 70-80mph the steering wheel shakes and can be felt throughout the cabin. Poor front end suspension/chassis engineering on Subaru's part. FAIL.
Driven 4000 miles. I am really happy with the purchase. Needed a family car and was not interested in SUV gas mileage. Been getting 27 mpg combined. The CVT is slick but does get confused at times. It is a little funny looking and after coming from a BMW m3 performance and outback should not be in the same sentence. But its versatility and price can not be beat.
Seats are very comfortable, and back seat has plenty of leg room for adults or baby car seats. and the rear seats recline.
the radio display looks outdated. looks like it belongs in 90's luxury car.
Best features for the money, seriously considered a VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI, however felt too small inside. If the Subaru had a diesel available it would have been much easier. In our first 3,300 miles averaging 27/28 mpg everyday driving and 31/32 mpg on the highway at 70 mph. These are actual numbers, not those on the dash computer which seems to run 1 1/2 mpg high. The more I drive it the more value for the money I feel we bought. Replaced an Audi A6 Quartto with 197k miles. AWD is the only way to go, not only for winter driving but also in heavy rain and even on dry surfaces. The CVT trans is super quiet, only at hard acceleration is it noticed. The paddle shifters are great.
Fuel mileage, CVT, space for cargo, interior features, driving position, definitely buy the Limited model. Only item to change is the MPG gauge one the dash, should be a temp gauge.
Drop the mpg gauge, replace with temp gauge, longer bottom seat cushions. Great value for the cost. Purchased the car $500 below invoice without any problems and received delivery on order in 5 weeks.
I'm very happy to have a new car after driving the last one for 12 years. However, I thought once I got a new car all that engine noise would stop. Not the case with my new car. It is a little louder than I expected. I called the dealer and they said it was normal with CVT and the OB. I hope it stops soon, or I get used to it. Other than that I LOVE IT! It is a beautiful car and very comfortable. My friends and family liked it so much they are all looking to get one. Feel of luxury with a great price!
I did drive my last car for 12 years and it was bottom of the line 12 years ago. So I'm a little excited about the Bluetooth. My husband loved the adjustable seat. he's tall and it's the first car we both could fit in.
I wish that the bluetooth would import my cell numbers. Also with my husband being a foot taller I wish that the seat would auto adjust based on our keys.
Replaced a Honda CR-V, was a very good decision for us. The Outback is roomier, more versatile, has better features for the money. So far, we are very pleased with the decision. CVT took some getting used to - the wind up/wind down is not something I have experienced before. Resulting gas mileage is a reasonable trade off. We thought about getting the V- 6 - glad we did not.
Harman Kardon audio system is fantastic - the sound is concert quality! Seats are very comfortable, interior very well laid out. Very solid feel to this car - I have very high hopes for the quality and reliability - we'll see. Handsfree Bluetooth is a great feature.
Electric parking brake I could do without, also seat trim at bottom of front seats in rear "pill up" an snag when putting feet against it - kind of weird. otherwise we are pretty pleased.
Wife and I returned to Subaru after we decided to replace our 01 Legacy GT Sedan. The OB 2.5i with CVT does a very nice job regarding comfort ability and mileage. Regarding handling? If I compare it to our old land cruiser its fantastic! If I compare the handling to our old Legacy GT its terrible. The OB is a very good handling SUV and a very marginal handling car as to be expected with the SUV ride height and ability. Rear seat is king when it comes to big kids car seats and comfort etc. The CVT took some getting use to but it does a fantastic job keeping to the power band. Subaru needs to build a turbo and non turbo Legacy GT wagon! Not everyone will find the SUV/Car performance likable.
Mileage - rear seat room and luggage space! HK audio system with subwoofer and tweeters sounds decent for such a large interior space. Drives very good for a SUV
Make the seat bottom in the front seats the same length as the older 01 generation about an inch longer. Offer a Legacy GT wagon option!
I purchased this vehicle as an all around car for commuting and transporting my bicycles. It is terrific to take my bike in the back without having to remove the front wheel of the bike. Plenty of room! Great fit and finish and comfortable to drive.
Bluetooth, space, xm radio, comfort and fuel economy (25 around town and 31 on the highway).
The vehicle stability control is a bit slow to react.
I can't tell you how many cars I sat in trying to find a comfortable driver's seat with good leg room (I'm 6'1"). The Outback is just perfect. Love the heated seats, the padded arm rests and the steering wheel stereo controls. Auto dimming mirror and puddle lights are also a nice touch. This car is so smooth on the road, but more than stiff enough on the off road bumps.
Very solid feeling car. Lots of storage room. Really a good family car. the CVT is so smooth that you often feel like you are accelerating slower than you really are. Acceleration is not terribly exciting, but more than adequate for getting on a highway or passing another car.
Only complaint is the odd MPG gauge just to the left of the speedometer. The MPG meter goes up and down with acceleration and deceleration. Not clear how this is supposed to help me or change my behaviors. Really doesn't make much sense, and I would much prefer the oil gauge that used to be there.
Acceleration is better than expected. Very good suspensions make potholes bearable. Trunk size very nice. Easy to get in and out due to increased height. so far really liking the car.
GPS hitch for bike rack Interior room. cargo space
windows should be able to close after shutting off engine (but before opening a door) steering wheel lifeless, requires constant correction on highway. Radio antenna is weak. Sound equalizer is frustrating to modify and never quite sounds right.
I have owned this car for a little less than a month. Our family has always trusted Honda but after a disagreement with their dealership we stormed out and went straight to Subaru who was 2nd on our list. So far driving this car has been excellent, so much better than I first anticipated. It had all of the features that we were to get from the CR-V and some more. At first I thought I would have some difficulties driving a longer car but not at all. It handles very nice and smooth, gets pretty good gas mileage (25 mpg driving in mostly hilly neighborhoods and occasional freeway). Bluetooth handsfree is a bonus that we did not expect!
iPod integration, sunroof, bluetooth handsfree, very nice leather interior, console and dash, pretty good gas mileage
auto door lock when starting to drive and unlock when turn engine off, automatic foldable side view mirrors, better colors for exterior (Subaru's other colors that wasn't black were not appealing. hint: Honda's colors are much better)
Hello, Love the car. We purchased the car with 41 miles. I love the feel of the leather and the seats are very comfortable. The dual zone AC is great because I run hot so I always need the AC on. We just took the car on a long road trip with lots of hills and open roads. We averaged 31.5 MPG. Great! Around town I am at about 24 mpg. The fit and finish is great. No squeaks or rattles. My car does not have any vibrations others have noted. My other car is a 2004 Mazda 6 wagon which I also love. However, the finish, stereo, ride, of the outback is great. the power is less then the Mazda, but the Mazda averages only 19 MPG.
Seats, leather, space for the two dogs. AWD is awesome and I love the CVT tranny.
folding mirrors. I didn't notice that till I come here and read all the reviews! wouldn't have stopped me from buying though. We also considered the CR-V and the CX7 and Escape. the CX7 almost won with that sweet turbo engine, but the fit and finish was lacking, and MPG at only 20!
My wife and I own a Honda Pilot and we love it. When it was time to replace our Grand Prix with a small SUV we narrowed our list to CR-V, RAV4, and Forester. We wanted something with good MPG but a nice ride and good quality/reliability. We went to Subaru and found the Forester not worth while, but they suggested the Outback. It was GREAT! We don't like wagons, but this is a true SUV. It drove much better and quieter than the RAV4 and CR-V and with better fuel economy! We've had it a month now and it is so much fun to drive. Excellent space and combined mpg is ~30 mpg! Overall, this is great so far. Hopefully the reliability remains good.
Heated seats, bluetooth (without having to buy nav), easy to recline rear seats, interior leg room, fuel economy, stereo system.
Sunlight will drown out mpg display during the day, need to move display. Need to pick interior gauge color...white is good, but not with red too. Compass on mirror should not use red color.
Needed a kid-carrier and traded in our Camry Hybrid, making us a Subie family (other car is an 07 STi). What I like: AWD, height of an SUV, smooth ride quality, comfy interior, great looks, more space (than Camry--esp for car seat/trunk) and for a gas-only engine, good gas mileage. What I wish were better: leather seems "loose"-- will have to watch for bunching up later, change out MPG gauge for something useful, not sure I like the electronic parking brake, would like a bit more grunt from the motor (yes, I know I have the 4 cyl), would have liked rear passenger vents. Those are nit picky things though. Overall, this is an outstanding car that suits the needs of a small family.
AWD, CVT w/optional "manual" mode, interior space, thoughtfulness of features (folding roof rack, cargo undertray, backup camera), exterior/interior looks, smooth ride, carlike handling despite ride height
A bit more grunt from motor - competitors with same size (or smaller) motors make more HP/Torque w/same/better MPG, MPG gauge for something more useful, darker privacy glass, HIDs, rear passenger vents, since car is now made in America will have to watch for quality/reliability issues (see Toyota)
Have put about 2000 miles on our new Outback and we're loving it! We considered a Toyota Venza, Acura RDX and this and after driving these vehicles, the Subaru was the winner hands down. While we don't consider it quite as stylish as the other two, this car is quiet, fits just right and has the features, gas mileage, quiet good ride and build quality we were looking for. We're averaging 26 mpg back and forth to work and have averaged 31 mpg on a 350 mile trip so far. And it's all on regular fuel. Trade an Audi A4 wagon and the ride height and roominess of the Subaru are so much better!
Interior layout, CVT, MPG for this size car, quietness and good ride, easy to get in and out of, spacious front seat, safety features.
Bluetooth system that supports all cell phones (had to change services to get it to work), better color selections (like a red or copper color), folding exterior mirrors, make HID headlamps and keyless entry and start available
All the editors reviews are accurate, the car is great, on the down side, its noisy on acceleration, but on smooth road, ride is quiet. Interior and exterior quality top shelf.
AWD, quietness on highway, ride, quality inside and out.
Accessory power, rear seat heat vents, auto locking doors, headlights on when unlocking doors.
After multiple 15+ inch storms the Subaru really earned its keep. The new interior size is a plus; I'm not a fan of the exterior design with the "lifted" look but it proved critical to getting through the deepest snow and a 700 foot long driveway. Very nice and competent in all weather. Wife said last week she can't imagine being happier with a car after several Europeans. Performance is leisurely if you're used to 300 HP family vehicles. Get the 6 if you want more power. The car keeps revealing how well thought out it is, like the way a downshift blip on the paddles will have the trans. simulate a downshift and will hold that gear downhill and return to normal full-auto operation.
All wheel drive, good stereo for the class w/Harmon-Kardon system, much more refined than previous generations. Just about the perfect wagon size while retaining excellent MPG. Last trip loaded 30.6 MPG with combo of 45 MPH mountain and 70 MPH highway driving- phenomenal.
Folding mirrors! Every car wash is trying to fold them in. Turn signals in mirrors would be nice. Make HVAC buttons easier to use by touch; make pass. seat adjustable up/down. But these are minor quibbles!
I purchased 2.5i Limited CVT w/Wheel Arch Moldings! So far after over 500 miles, I'm getting a little over 28 mpg mixed highway/city driving. I'm surprised at the gas mileage. Vehicle drives smooth and is fun to drive. I think I'm in LUB! However, Every now and then I do hear this weird sound that sounds like a buzzing sound. Not sure what that is yet. I got a Silver one with the black Wheel Arch moldings. I highly recommend the Arch moldings because they give the vehicle a more bold appearance. I chose this vehicle over the following: Honda Pilot, Honda Crosstour, Toyota Highlander, BMW X3, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60, Audi A3, Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain. I think I have test driven everything!
Wheel Arch Moldings, moon roof, leather seats, stereo, smooth ride, gas mileage,
Fold back mirrors, better heater(takes a while to warm up), BIGGER TIRES!!!
We've had our Outback almost 2 weeks now and we are delighted with it. It is so much better than I remembered our test drive car ever being. I have owned 7 new cars in my 45 years of driving and this is clearly the best of them all including our 2000 Outback. We love the versatility the Outback provides. It can haul a fair amount of stuff and it can transport 5 in comfort and quiet. It gets reasonably good gas mileage; we got 24.8 mpg in mixed city and freeway driving on the first tank. The build quality is the best I've seen in any new car.
The interior is wonderful from dash to lift gate. Subaru has made so many improvements here it's hard to believe. The seats are so comfortable and the leg room outstanding. The crash test results are comforting just in case of a terrible mistake.
1 Provide owner selection of upholstery color and exterior colors rather Subaru's limited choices 2 Folding side rear view mirrors 3 Better stereo system. The stock one is only marginally acceptable for the kind of money they charge for it. 4 Remove release for the rear hatch
Overall, happy with the car which meets 90% of our needs. Economical for size, comfortable, versitle, well designed ergonomic interior. Navigation, audio, voice activation very unintuitive and poor overall user interface. Nav accuracy and options better on our $100 Garmin. All-wheel drive system good on highways, such as slippery roads. However, ours got stuck in 5 inches of snow and did not transfer power from the 'wheels that slip to the wheels that grip'. Could not get passenger side wheels which had traction to engage. We knew that this would not replace our 4-wheel drive vehicle, but expected better.
Ride, comfort, versatility. Creative design on roof rack cross bars. Fuel economy good at 23 combined MPG
Put more effort into integrating the electronics and improving the user interface. Allow use of Nav while vehicle is moving - passenger can safely operate, so perhaps tie it into the pass air bag sensor. Reign in the marketing people on the all wheel drive system. It's no better than any other.
Have 4700 miles on OB 800 in snow and mountains. A little over steering at higher speeds. Other than that handles great.
Folding mirrors, drivers seat already somewhat caved in, needs to be more sturdy.
I've put on 5,000 miles in the first two months and I've been very happy with the experience. It's comfortable and has a lot of nice commuting features; blue tooth, Sirius radio, all wheel drive, and good gas mileage (27 mpg). It's good in snow but the critical test will be how well it does on the beach this May. Good value for all the features included.
Sound system, style, comfort, gas mileage.
It needs automatic door locks and the cigarette lighters (aka battery chargers) de-energize when the key is removed.
Our 2010 Outback is our 4th Subaru over 20 years. This model is much larger, roomier, quieter and nicer than previous versions! We have the 4 cyl with CVT, currently with 3400 miles. Mileage is 26-28 in town, over 30 hwy! Power is quite adequate and handling great. Ride is fantastic (beats any other venders I've experienced). Many nice creature comforts, including audio, puddle lights, bluetooth, heated seats and easy to locate/use controls on steering wheel. Overall this is the best Subaru Outback ever produced and I highly recommend it to anyone. A great vehicle for all driving and road conditions!
Roominess, smooth ride, seat comfort, finger tip steering wheel controls, ease of entry/exit, build quality and great mileage w/reg fuel! Noteably, an unbeatble and AWESOME AWD system! A very versatile vehicle for ALL weather and road conditions.
Break-away external mirrors, memory driver seat controls, dual exhaust and increased HP!
I purchased this car about a week ago. We looked at every SUV in it's class. The Outback surpassed all in ride, comfort, build quality,safety, and price hands down. I had never really paid much attention to Subaru before this. I have a feeling it won't be the last Subaru we will own.
Seats and rear legroom. The larger leather seats for the 2010 year are very comfortable. I'm 6'2" and am not cramped in the rear seats. I've seen complaints about Subaru stereo's. The Harmon/Kardon system sounds really good.
Drivers seat memory. This car has it all. Can't really find anything to complain about. It's only 1 week old though.
Overall we are happy with the car so far except for the height of the front passenger seat. My wife stated if she had known this she would not have bought the car.
The height of the front passenger seat is quite a bit lower than the drivers seat so my wife feels like she is sitting in a hole when she is sitting in it and I am the driver. There are no adjustments for it like the drivers seat. Hopefully Subaru will have a fix for this.
I have driven the car 2000 miles. I find that the engine is disturbingly noisy above 2500 rpm. The rear hatch does not have a latch that you can undo before you lift it. Takes quite a hefty pull to open it. If by chance the hatch is locked when you pull, your fingertips are going to feel the pain. At highway speeds the car has a tendency to oversteer. The analog speedometer measures from 0-150 mph and it does not belong in the Outback. 0- 110 mph would be more suitable
In general I pleased with most features; i.e. fuel mileage, handling, ride, comfort and amenities. Like the folding roof racks.
The homelink actuation buttons in the rear view mirror should have a glow at night, be on a fixed surface not a mirror and work when the ignition is off. Car needs temperature gauge and a fuel door open indicator. Reset knobs in instrument panel awkward to use. Reposition!
We purchased our Outback for the style, comfort, gas mileage, and the all wheel drive. This is our first Subaru and we really enjoy the all wheel drive. The interior and sound system is exceptional. This car goes in the snow!!! Would recommend it to any one looking for good value and a pleasant ride. On dry roads it handles better than any vehicle we have had since our 1972 Camero.
All wheel drive, sound system, leather interior, styling, Sirius Radio, and comfortable ride.
Ten way passager seat to adjust for entrance and exit and fold away mirrors.
Have had it for a month and already drove it on sleet and ice for a couple of days. AWD was great on the ice. Very smooth and quiet on the hwy - doesn't break a sweat at 75. Handles well. Sufficient power. Not the best looking exterior I've ever seen, but all around great car for the $. Very few crossovers with AWD/4WD get this kind of fuel economy.
AWD, gas mileage, cargo room, back seat room, reasonable quality, ground clearance
More color combos, folding side mirrors, better visibility when backing, go back to the drawing board on the front styling
This is the first Subaru we have. But by reviews from others as well as media reports, we were convinced this is the right car for us. The overall design is attractive, and we like the combination of sport, safety, fuel efficiency, styling, etc. At this price, it should be on the top of the list.
CVT MPG New design Roomy 3D look dash
We bought 2.5 outback in Nov. I drive mostly on weekends. Wife loves the car. It's very comfortable and quiet on the road. The CVT and the bluetooth are great. It's kind of hard to do parallel parking on the street in the city. I already scratched it few times.. too bad.
I like the built-in Bluetooth feature very much. The stereo control in the wheel is very convenient. Love the climate control system, it's very comfortable.
Need folding side mirrors.
Purchased this 2010 to replace my 2005 that was a love hate relationship. So far the mileage and ride have been great (31 MPG highway). Much better seats (leather) than the 2005. The new roof rail system is a joke and precludes using my existing Yakima racks. The solid side view mirrors are sure to get knocked off in the future, and the economy meter is a gimmick. Give us back a usable roof rail system and a temp meter. The hazard flasher switch is in a bad spot, always hitting it when going into Park. The heater system is taking some getting used to, comes on way hot even when set to 72 or less. Overall a good car but has some quirks.
CVT has plenty of power compared to the 2005 manual. Seats are very supportive. Harmon Kardon stereo is a huge upgrade from the 2005,
Fix the rack system, make side view mirrors foldable, replace the econometer with a temp meter, move four way flasher switch.
Got it in Nov, 09. Now reported after long trip to New Orleans (360 miles each way). Very good long trip car. Easy to drive, stable handling in bad weather, roomy and seats are very comfortable. 30 mpg on freeway. Best is when hotel valet praised it over Lexus RX350 (Ha Ha, I traded my RX for the Suby)! So, if you are considering an Outback, don't wait!
New style, interior room, handling, utility, gas mileage.
Need foldable side mirrors, temp gauge, please! The computer read out hard to see due to location in center of dash. Funky roofrack configuration.
I had two prior Subaru's that got up to 185,000 miles before any problems. In 2008 I needed a new car and bought Toyota Highlander because I did not care for the suabru designs. Traded for 2010 Outback and love it. Have only 900 miles so far, but handles like only a Suabru can with it's AWD. My daughter drove it and now she's thinking of buying one, although she wants to go with the 6 cylinder.
Great handling with AWD. Nice design inside and outside. Roomy.
Retractable cross-bars good idea, but cannot fit my Thule carrier.
Initial impression is great. Loving the comfort of the leather seats and legroom. agree with other comments about rear and rear-backside visibility. Feels like a car in the corners, and a truck going over bumps and ruts. Kind of amazing that it has such a complient, yet sporty suspension set up. Spoil yourself with the limited, luxury interior touches, booming stereo, heated seats, sunroof, especially all that, 29 mpg on the highway, less than a stripped down, used highlander.Paddle shifters are a hoot. Total control and very fun. You can squeeze a little fun out of that 170 hp motor. Do miss a real temp gauge/ oil pressure gauge. Also, really need a backup camera in mirror, not NAV sys only.
Heated leather seats/ folding roof rack/ paddle shifters/ CVT transmission/ passenger and cargo room/ ground clearance/ mileage/ 440w HK stereo/
rear back up camera integrated in rear view mirror/ temp gauge/ folding mirrors/ on-star/ tracks to go in deep powder so I don't have to go sno-cat skiing. 10 year/ 100,000 bumper to bumper warranty.
This is certainly a much quieter and more comfortable vehicle than the '96 Outback it's replacing. It handles nicely, has adequate power for my needs, and is very versatile in many ways. There are, however, some features that really irk me: 1. The roof rack design is very inflexible compared to the typical set of rails on most SUVs. 2. The sideview mirrors do not fold. 3. In order to make Harman-Kardon stereo in the 2.5 Limited fully functional with an iPod, the dealer quoted nearly $600 in parts & labor for the "media hub." 4. Cost to add a bumper hitch was quoted at $675 due to bumper mods. My advice - look closely before you buy the 2010 Outback; it comes up short in a few key areas.
My phone works great with the Bluetooth; nice to have stereo interrupted when phone rings. Heated seats, heating & a/c controls, rearview mirror with Homelink also very nice. Stereo and Phone controls in steering wheel very convenient.
Roof rack design is a horrid gimmick, not clever; just put two basic rails on that will provide maximum compatibility with Yakima and Thule components. Stereo doesn't come standard with a media hub for iPod and other MP3 players - inexcusable in 2010. What's up with the non-folding sideview mirrors?
Bought the new style Outback as a company vehicle after having owned 4 GL wagons over the years. What brought me back was the increase in size and just "feeling at home" when I sat in one again. I had been looking at everything from another Acura to a Venza to a Mazda to a Lexus. I don't know. It just felt right. I drove many of the models and finally decided on the 2.5 Limited. The only disappointment is my gas mileage. I have made several trips of 300 to 700 miles and have averaged anywhere from 22.5 (ave. 75-80mph) on the low side to a best of 26.5 (70-75mph). Maybe due to AWD but on my 265hp 2005 Acura TL I get 24 in city and 29-31 on hwy.
Leather seats, nice woodlike trim, room, reclining rear seats, very smooth transmission (CVT) after you get used to 4cyl noise and what sounds like over-revving. Overall ride comfort.
Roll a bit much. Better placement IPod hookup. Real gauges for temp and oil press. folding ext. mirrors.
The car has sufficient power and handles very well. Very safe ride! Inside is roomy, comfortable, easy access to all controls. Love the instant manual shift! Sound system is great! Cup holders everywhere! Easy fold downs and back door lift is a pleasure to use! Lights under doors are a great option. Gas mileage avg 26.5 up to 31mpg on hwy. Ground clearance and 17" tires are nice! Rear view is not good and side view can be obstructive at times. First time Subaru owner- extremely pleased!!!!
puddle lights, stereo system, cup holders, ground clearance, nice interior
side view mirrors- make folding, memory seat adjustments, rearview needs rethinking
I have had my new Outback for 3 weeks now and I am in love! After trading in a 2005 275hp Xterra, wasn't sure the 4cyl engine would have enough power...but wow it surely does! I live literally on the side of a mountain and this car tackles it smoothly. I love how it handles, feels very connected to the road - doesn't hydroplane over puddles, no slippage at all. There is so much interior space, the heated seats are very comfortable on long rides, love the media hub (controls and plays my ipod perfectly through the stereo), the bluetooth works great, roomy rear seats, spacious trunk. Very dog friendly as well, easy to get in and out of. I've no regrets about my new Outback, I'm in love!
Gas mileage (avg 27.5mpg - mostly mountainous back roads), media hub for ipod is a must, AWD is fantastic, comfortable heated seats, radio test display, interior style, roomy rear seats, reclining rear seats, grippy rubber trunk protector is fab, built- in bag holders, Sirius, illumination kit, trunk
Push button start, add electric height adjustment to passenger seat, remove limitations on interior/exterior color combinations, folding side mirrors, option to get w/o rough rack to allow people to install their own, rear air vents, rear ac/heat controls
Traded in my 99 Lexus RX300 for a 2010 Outback. This is not the old Subaru that people have in mind. It has more room at the back than the RX. With the limited trim, I don't miss any luxury features and I got more tech stuff like blue tooth, mp3, steering wheel control, etc. Compared to the RX, this car is more stable when cornering. The ride is comfortable and quiet. With 2.5L engine and CVT, the gas mileage is very good. I have only driven 200 miles but in heavy rain, it handles beautifully. I looked at Honda CRV and Toyota Rav4 before deciding on the Outback. I'm totally happy with the quality, fit and ride. Funny, I don't even miss my Lexus! Luxury car drivers, don't overlook Subaru!
Luxurious Leather interior, supportive comfortable seats, lots of room inside, substantial feel and handling, AWD, too many to mention....
Side mirrors un-foldable!!?? I can't believe Subaru does not provide that. Hope they come out with foldable replacement mirrors that I can put on my car.
Car drives and handles great. We have had it in the snow this year and drove like dry pavement. Have used the roof racks with our tandem ocean kayak and they work great-very beefy. Ya our old Thule's won't work, but I stopped sniveling when the road noise went away and got better mpg when not in use. Overall great car.
new roof rack system, CVT trans, mpg, awd, pzev
make oil changes easier for the do it yourselfer (oil drips onto the x member)
The car is way underpowered, which makes driving very frustrating. Also when I take my foot of the accelerator at higher speeds the whole car has sudden jerk, very strange and uncomfortable. The button for hazard lights is next to shifter so I accidentally always hit this. On a positive side I get decent gas millage around 23, but this is expected from 4 cyl engine. Car is big inside with comfy seats. No towing capability. This is realistic rating trust me.
Size, comfortable seats, design. The second row seating has plenty of leg room, car can fit 5 6 foot people.
Need to add some power or turbo w/ Auto (CVT) trans. Also make some of the optional features standard.
Our 2010 model is our 3rd Outback. Have owned a '97, 2007 turbo and now the 2010. Previous Outback models have been fantastic and suspect the 2010 will be also. All have been incredible vehicles! Very dependable, inexpensive to own and a real joy to drive! We LOVE our Subarus!!! Everyone should have at least one of these vehicles!
For 2010 the soundness of the vehicle, CVT, ride quality, increased interior space and people comfort features!
Larger engine! The 170 HP version is adequate, but more umph would be real nice to have available for passing, towing, etc!!
I was attracted to the Outback Limited 2.5 with the CVT because the design and engineering are very well integrated. The horizontally opposed 4 cylinder engine mated with the continuously variable transmission work harmoniously to give the symmetrical all wheel drive a stable grip on most surfaces. Paddle shifters are great. I got the Outback to travel between upstate NY's snows and New York City. I like to get out on some less than smooth back roads and a lot of NY city roads are as rough as back roads; the Outback takes it all and delivers a fine ride. I got the car loaded with everything except the moon roof and the GPS. The interior is luxurious without being over the top.
Paddle shifters with the CVT yield the best of both worlds, but paddles are not like a manual trans. They are smoother and very proportional to the speed of the down or up shift; very new to me. I got a PZEV because overall annual emissions are equal to a Prius, but not in the greenhouse emissions.
I would love to see the Outback as a hybrid.
We have had the car for three months and 3000 miles. Very happy with it. Also have a Lexus RX350; the Subaru is more comfortable and almost as quiet. Steering is a little numb, but comfort negates that. I love the CVT, my last Subaru would continually upshift and downshift on grades- that is obviously cured. Mileage excellent for a car this big. Subaru should have car's satellite radio ready from factory as opposed to $400 purchase-install from dealer. AM radio reception ridiculously poor.
Parking brake (automatically releases when put in gear). CVT. Puddle lights. Paddle shifter great for going down steep hills.
Folding mirrors (I dare not put it through the car wash), Decent radio antenna. Dump the silly fuel mileage gauge and put in water temp- oil pressure gauge. Move the four way flasher button, I hit it more often than not when putting car in park.
We've had the car about 3 weeks & took it on a 900 mile road trip last week. Got 29.5 MPG at 65 MPH. Smooth, quiet ride on most roads. Enough power to pass, go up hills, etc. Very comfortable driver's seat & good in rear. Good visibility front & sides, not so good to rear. We got a backup camera, so this helps greatly. Great looking interior. Great fit & finish. On the downside, over assisted steering at highway speeds. Front passenger's seat cannot be adjusted for height.
CVT, paddle shifters, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, backup camera, very good MPG.
Memory seats, push button start, folding mirrors, height adjustment for passenger seat, full size spare, better written manual for NAV system.
We've had this car for about 3 weeks. We took a 900 mile trip last week & are very happy. Got 29.5 MPG doing about 65 MPH. Like the CVT. There is enough power to pass, go up hills, etc. Driver's seat comfort is very good. Good also in the back. Smooth, quiet ride on most roads. Fit & finish are very good. Has a feeling of quality to it. Good front & side visibility. Not so great in rear, but we got the NAV with the backup camera, so that helps greatly. Bluetooth & iPod connection work well. On the down side, over assisted steering feel at highway speeds. Passenger's seat can not be adjusted for height. Choppy ride on rough roads.
Backup camera, bluetooth, iPod connection, Harman/Kardan audio system, sun visor extenders, CVT, paddle shifters.
Full size spare, memory seat, push button start, folding mirrors.
First time Subaru buyer. Attracted to Outback by its upscale and well executed look, and 4WD reputation. Stable and comfortable road manners. Well controlled noise levels at speed. Looking forward to driving this puppy up mountains and through snow this winter. Harmon/Kardon stereo puts out great sound from CD, but strangely weak and tinny FM sound. Car still in break-in period. Expecting performance to improve.
Puddle lights. Grocery bag hooks in cargo area. Spacious rear legroom. Soft leather seats. Reclining rear seats. Cargo floor cover. Fold away crossbars. Nicely executed steering wheel radio/cruise controls.
Radio dials too small, even for average size fingers. Speaker grill on dash not flush with dash top. 2.5L engine could be spunkier. Outside mirrors don't fold away. Aux input available, but where's the USB port?
It's quiet and well thought out. There is plenty of leg room for four adults. I'm having a little trouble with the front bolster on the drivers seat cutting off the circulation in my lower legs and feet. I agree with others about the gauge showing fuel economy, would rather have water temp. The roof rack is a clever solution to a non-problem. Subaru should offer a replacement rail for this so we can fit our old Yakima rack one can actually use. The CVT is great but it is taking some time to adjust to the longer coasting distance. Is it just me or doesn't it feel good hand washing it? If Subaru comes out with a diesel and fixes the roof rack I might buy a second one.
Leg room, quietness, solid construction, great gas mileage for AWD (27.9 Avg. over 3000 miles mixed rural, interstate, and big city). It's easy to get over 30 on the highway. Storage is great. Steering and the controls are excellent.
Ditch the roof rack and ease up on the leading edge bolster of the drivers seat. I'd prefer a diesel as opposed to a hybrid, esp. a plug-in. Hard to recharge em in the boonies. If you need to use the emergency brake release rod you will need a 5 mm socket and a socket screwdriver handle.
Really like this car but our model has a noise that is present at low rpm's and speed. It seems to disappear at higher speeds. The noise is coming from the front end engine compartment such as pulley system or CVT transmission. Similar to noise you hear from pistons/cylinders that rattle when not enough fuel octane. Dealer says it's a normal noise for these models but I have not heard anyone on the site indicate a similar noise/problem. Dealer does agree that noise is louder than other models on the lot that they have tested. I personally think the noise is from the CVT transmission which is a chain drive system or combination of the smaller pulley system for this model.
Would like to see the center console protrusion into the interior cabin softened back. Larger letters for information gauge. Eliminate some of the cheap looking plastic. Improved rear door lock. Would also like to see a little bit more horsepower for this model. Improvement on the CVT transmission.
Third Subaru, but first Outback and so far it's proving to be a very good car with plenty of space, comfortable highway cruiser and reasonably economic at ~24mpg combined. As with all the Subarus I've had it's well built with a great drivetrain, but the handling isn't up to what I expected, body roll is reasonable for having a high C of G but it's the steering set-up that really lets it down. Turning into a gradual corner 40-50 mph and the steering feedback is not progressive and is somewhat jittery. Tire pressure is correct so assume steering rack and suspension set-up. Overall though we've made the right choice and you really do get a lot of car for the money.
AWD; safety features; family space; fold back roof bars; paddle shifters; comfortable leather and drivers power seat adjustment perfect for tall/short; Harmon Kardon; Bluetooth; Puddle lights.
Fix CVT kickdown at low speeds; steering lacks feel in corners; folding mirrors w/signal; auto locking doors >5mph; rear air vents; power tailgate; simplify steering wheel radio, phone and cruise buttons (too many close together); ski hatch in arm rest seatback.
This is my 3rd Outback. Test drove both the 4 & 6 cyl limited 3 times each before deciding on the 4. After 1 month & 800 miles this one is proving to be the best. On a recent Fall weekend we drove this beauty through a field & into an orchard for some apple picking with nary a shake, rattle or roll. From there we headed to one of our hilly State Parks to view the foliage & take in a picnic. We turned down the windows, opened the moon roof & inserted a favorite CD into the radio. I switched the CVT into the Manual Mode & up & down shifted throughout the park using the paddle shifters. What a Blast!
I'm a do it yourselfer & oil changes are the easiest ever. Spark plug life has been extended & a coolant change is called for after 11 years or 137,00 miles-Wow! I like the luxurious seating with excellent view of the road, one hand operation of the hood, CVT, climate control & the max cargo space.
Immediately missed the ash tray which held my toll & vending coins. Solved this by locating a hard rubber container which fits nicely into the door cup holder. I miss the weather band which was in my 97 & 04 Outback radio. Where I live we sometimes have 4 seasons in the same week.
I had always liked the previous model of the Outback but wasn't sure about the new one. My son recently had back surgery and had a hard time getting into the low doors of the old Outback, so when we tried out the 2010 model we were thrilled to see that the access was no issue for him. This vehicle is comfortable and very satisfying to drive. The mpg is great with the CVT, but when you need power it is there. We recently drove the vehicle in the mountainous SW Pennsylvania region and had no trouble going up and down the roads. The overall mpg was still just over 27, which is incredible for a vehicle this size with AWD. I hope to have this vehicle for many years of safe, happy driving.
Comfortable heated seats, cvt auto-manual transmission, mpg, room for passengers in front and back seats, load capacity.
None so far
I like quite a few things about the car. I am actually getting 28.5mpg (75% highway & 25% city with very careful driving). The vehicle is comfortable. CVT transmission is really smooth. I am enjoying the drive. I used to drive Maxima before (265 HP), but I am happy with this. The interior looks beautiful, but some of the materials are cheap, can scratch very easily and I am sure will rattle soon. Wish they could have used better materials, especially when I paid $2800 for it. The seats are comfortable, but wish they were little thicker (would be more comfortable). The door lock knobs are a bit weird. Don't know if they are closed or open. And the locks don't unlock when you park the car.
Gas Mileage for an AWD, CVT transmission, Hands free Phone system, Drive, interior look
Remove the Hazard Light switch from where it is (hit it often when placing the car in Park position). Interior materials, Little bit more width to the car (for more leg & shoulder room), more cushion to the seats.
We've had our Outback for about 2 months and it has 3300 miles. It handles well, the 4 cylinder boxer engine is quiet and performs excellently in the city. It was capable on our road trip to Washington D.C. and got 33.8 mpg (vehicle computer said 33.2 but my hand calculations were 33.8 mpg). City driving is an outstanding 28 mpg, no need to spend $8K to 10K extra on a fancy hybrid. We looked at 10 cars while making our decision and found the Subaru the leader. Interior and exterior fit and finish are outstanding, the heated leather seats are very comfortable, even on our long trip. The 10-way driver power seat has an excellent lumbar feature. Road and wind noise are at a minimum.
Harmon-Kardon Stereo system; seat comfort; CVT; dual climate control system; AWD; stability control, push button parking brake; modern dashboard and other control lighting; puddle lamps; cruise/set indicator; ease of operation on rear folding seats; fuel economy; fuel efficiency indicator.
Wiper control stalk difficult to see because of paddle shifters; it is difficult to determine what position the control is in. Needs a different (stronger) detect for OFF position; too easy to accidentally activate 4-way flashers when shifting to park; elec. system should stay on until door open
Enjoying the new roominess of the larger 2010. Getting very good mileage for this size car, averaging 29-30 every tank. Handling is a little stiff for a brand and model that has been around a while.
Harmon audio system, Bluetooth, CVT and MPG, Puddle lights.
What happened to fold back mirrors? Why shorter moonroof?
Traded in a 2005 Dodge Magnum SXT, which served through 130,000 miles of blatant abuse. Needed similar accommodations, and the new Outback fits the bill: it's very roomy, has comfortable seating front AND rear, and more cargo space than the Magnum did. We opted for the 2.5liter 4 cyl, and I was worried about not having enough power, but found adequate passing power,and smooth and quiet performance. I'm 6'5" and over 300 lbs, and found the driving position and seating comfort among the very best that I have found, and a 6'+ passenger can still ride comfortably behind me. Easy to use controls, superb ride and confident handling. It's a real revelation.
10 way power seats, heated seats, dark-tinted rear windows, Harmon-Kardon stereo, low noise level, electric parking brake, visibility, Excellent climate control, cool roof-rack, amazing headroom!, paddle-shifters on wheel
Needs turn-signal, folding o/s mirrors, mud-flaps and rear bumper protector should be standard, should have rear-seat A/C vents, eliminate the small rattles in the cargo area. Ditch the silly fuel economy gauge and give us back a real temperature gauge!
This is my 8th Subaru and we have had it almost one week now. I made a trip and got 34.2 mpg and around town I am getting 27.9 mpg so that is quite good for a new engine with about 300 miles on it. I have had a little road noise from the back tires but the car seems to be performing well. This car is a lot bigger than the previous models and the fit and finish is good. The CVT transmission is great and is very smooth and I find the 2.5 engine fine for most driving conditions. The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of leg room for the front and rear passengers. The Stereo and media hub I ordered work well together and sounds great. The bluetooth phone works good.
Blue tooth phone, stereo, media hub, large spacious interior, homelink mirror, and CVT transmission.
Get back the folding mirrors, bring back duel exhaust on the 2.5, panaromic sunroof, the door open indicator return to indicate which door is open instead a door is open, and bring back the temp gauge, remote open rear hatch, add a choice of all interior colors with all colors, auto up on all windows.
Just turned a thousand miles on my new green Outback. We needed something larger than my Forester XT for practical reasons, and we looked at various options. Few non-humongous SUVs and wagons have much space behind the middle seats, and of course they're heavy and gluttonous. And expensive. This car is wonderful, a combination of room, comfort and economy (and low cost) that's not available elsewhere. Most people buying anew car should consider one of these if they need room at all.
Value, quality, comfort, space. Good mileage (high 20's 1st time out.) And people like it -- I get lots of unexpected compliments on its appearance and comfort. CVT is good technology, and I like it better all the time. Takes regular fuel. The package seems bulletproof and should last 15-20 years.
I would have bought the turbo if available, but I have to say the PZEV engine and the CVT get the job done very well -- and I have no regrets.
Living in the Rockies at 9100' I was looking for a replacement for my '06 Outback XT. I wanted enough power to accelerate uphill at altitude and the supposed improved fuel economy and use of regular fuel were certainly an appeal. So I drove the 2.5i w/ CVT and found it to be almost as powerful as the turbo and when using the paddle shifters, quite fun to drive. I've now owned it for a month and am mostly satisfied w/ a few exceptions. Build quality doesn't seem as good as previous Subys-seems like some rattles that shouldn't be there. The ride is lots more spongy and soft. Lack of temp gauge bad idea. Interior comfort is great-I'm 6'3" and have lots of legroom-almost like a European car.
The interior is nicely laid out, very comfortable driving position, higher & wider, cave-like volume inside, easy to flip back seats up and down, smooth quiet ride, ample power esp w/ paddle shifters in manual mode, great audio system, good fuel economy-I'm getting 24-30 mpg so far on 85 octane.
Roof rack is clever but it's very limiting on what you can put on it-go back to raised rails so we can use Thule or Yakima systems and make this a retroactive free fix. Firm up the suspension. The clock/temp/trip display broke in 3 days. Hope it's an easy fix hence my low reliability rating.
Wanted a Forrester for a year. Went to buy one but none on the lot. Test drove the new body style Outback. It has the same benefits as the Forrester, plus the advantage of better gas mileage and more plush interior. Can't beat the 30+ MPG on an AWD vehicle. Plus, it's wide enough to seat 3 kids booster seats.
Feels luxurious. Black leather interior with wood trim. 30 MPG as advertised. Bluetooth hands free phone. Heated seats. AWD. Manual downshift for passing.
Folding Mirrors. Panoramic Sunroof. Can't find a comfortable place on seat. Headrest is awkward.
Progress has been made. Still under powered but the cvt, hill brake, comfort added, mileage increased, interior enlargement all add up to a outstanding drive.This car is a great snow eater. There is no other car on the road that can compare. It tows well. In the past ten years I've had six subarus, all various models. This is the best. On the road, mileage at 60/32, 70/30/31, and in the city 22.
I never used my parking brake prior to buying the 2010. The new electronic brake is super. The hill brake, cvt are great advances for this work horse.
Bring the the diesel to the USA.
I'm a big guy, 6'3, 250 lbs, and have been driving a big hurkin' SUV for the last 10 years. With no need for this large of a vehicle anymore, I decided to downsize to a smaller SUV. I checked out Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Chevy and Ford. I was actually leaning towards the Honda Pilot when my wife pointed out the Subaru dealership on the way home. I told her no way! Last time I had tried to test drive a Subaru Forester back in 1999, I couldn't contort myself to squeeze into the drivers' seat without smacking some part of my body on the car. Anyhow, decided to give the Outback a try. I can't believe how comfortable it was! Better than any other small SUVs I had tried. Bought it on the spot!
Spacious seating, nice interior design, CVT is great! Harmon Kardon stereo is very nice feature. Bluetooth phone system works well.
The electric parking brake kind of freaks me out. I guess it's good that you can't leave it on accidentally (it automatically releases when the gas pedal is pushed), but still seems counter-intuitive to have something designed for emergency use that won't work if the battery is dead.
Trading my 2002 LL Bean Outback was not easy...but the new 2010 is such a great vehicle I could not resist. We compared it to the Toyota RAV 4 V6 and found the Outback to be more comfortable and smoother, overall. We needed to be able to tow a small camper, and the Outback has the towing capacity we need, without going to a V6. Gas mileage is posted at 22-29, and in the city I am getting almost 25 so far. And did I say the leather seats are soooo nice? This is our 5th Subaru, and we have had good experiences with every one.
Smooth transmission; leather seats; great visibility.
Too new to have any problems.
I researched for months and test drove 6 cars before finally settling on the Outback. My previous car was a Honda mini-van, which I drove for 11 years. I was looking for good utility along with sedan comfort; I think this car delivers both. I almost purchased an 09 Outback in May, but the headrests were impossible to live with. The 2010 redesign has eliminated this issue, at least for me. This car delivers great value and I predict that it will be a huge hit for Subaru.
Quiet cabin, great utility, comfortable seats. Love the CVT transmission. This car is one of the best values on the market!
Get rid of the slanting arm rests, bring back the large sunroof and address the minor rattles in the dash.
My wife and I are thrilled with our 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5 LTD edition. Fit and finish are excellent, road noise minimal. The CVT transmission functions smoothly, minimizing engine noise on acceleration. Amenities are numerous and well placed. Road feel is positive and responsive despite Subaru's best efforts to point the ride more like a car than a truck. That's a plus for me -- I've moved beyond bouncing. Bottom line, this car delivers what it promises.
I'm embarrassed to say this, but it's the electronic parking brake. Too cool!
Wow! Subaru is getting it right. Great mileage, 23 city, over 30 highway and huge gas tank 18.5 gal. equals a 450 mile range. High quality interior--seats in both front and rear incredibly comfortable. Roof rack is ingenious and will be copied quickly by all other brands. CVT takes getting used too, but it does succeed in keeping engine revolutions very low and that's how SOA is getting the great MPG. Navigation system with Ipod, bluetooth and satellite radio works great--as good as Ford Sync. Great navigation screen--as good as Acura, Cadillac and Lexus. Very quiet interior--a new breakthrough for SOA. SOA sales are up 34% for the last twelve months. This car will sell very well!
Navigation integration. Fuel mileage. Interior quality. Seats. Size of gas tank. Tight turning circle.
Memory seats, foldable outside mirrors, turn signal mirrors (why did SOA stop including them?) smart key, rear AC vents, and I would rather have an engine temperature gauge than a MPG gauge that provides no useful information.
Traded a 1997 Ford Explorer for this 2.5i Outback Limited. Had owned a new 1980 Subaru hatchback and thought of Subaru's as small cars. Surprise! Overall the 2010 Outback is as big as the '97 Explorer. Some dimensions are bigger, some smaller, but overall it's about the same size. It's very comfortable, quiet, and a pleasure to drive. Took a 350 mile round trip last Saturday, through very hilly country, and averaged 31.5 mpg. Yes I drove conservatively, 55 to 60 mph mostly (hit 70 only once). I am more enthusiastic about this car than any car I've bought since my Mercur XR4TI. Subaru, you really got it right with this one.
CVT, passenger and cargo space, drive train, brakes and stability control, smooth controlled ride, quiet cabin.
Front passenger seat should be height adjustable to match driver's seat. My 5'10" wife insists on sitting on a pillow in the passenger seat. She's just not comfortable that low.
I didn't think any car would seem better to me than my 2006 Forester 2.5XT (which I'm keeping). We drove the 2010 Outback thinking maybe next year for my husband - and decided we had to have it now. I am so jealous. My only complaints - I like oil and temp gauges - not idiot lights; and no ashtray available is just silly. Love the CVT - this will give us great mileage and it has as much giddy-up as our Turbo - handy for merging on our interstates. Wonderfully smooth, quiet. Paddles for downshifting will be great in the mountains. The re-design is complete - looks nothing like 2009 Outback - way bigger inside. Wish I could afford two.
CVT transmission - smooth and quiet electronic parking brake, interior room/design.
temperature and oil pressure gauges should be standard
I test drove the Ltd w/ 4 cyl. I was impressed w/ the new look, the pick up, the extra leg room on the 2nd row. However, I had an issue w/ the headrest. It pushes my head forward and gives me an uncomfortable feeling. I was told that once the seat was adjusted correctly, the headrest issue would go away. Overall, I like the car a lot, just hope that Subaru would have a better financing program and/or rebate and/or dealer incentive.
Good pick up, nice refreshing look, interior design, leg room on the 2nd row.
The trunk could be longer to accommodate bigger items.
I have been driving the redesigned Outback for nearly two weeks. I have gotten approximately 23-25 mpg in the city and around 31 mpg on the highway. Power is not great but I can handle a little less power for the great gas mileage. This car has a huge amount of room for a family of four and looks good too. The comfortable seats are an added benefit. This is definitely a great value with AWD on top!
AWD, Gas Mileage, Comfortable Seats, Ride and Handling
Trunk space is a little small and there are a few minor rattles.
When my dealer invited me to drive the 2010 Outback, I was so impressed I had to have one. Their CVT puts all the others I have driven to shame.The interior design and comfort is a step up. I am a long-time Subaru owner and this new Outback just reinforces my beliefs. Its a solid "10" across the board for me. Bring on a diesel.
CVT, interior room and comfort.
This new Outback has a ton more room than the previous model, rear seat and cargo room are great! The ride, smoothness, and quietness, are very impressive. Very solid feeling, no rattles or issues so far. The quality look and feel of the interior is excellent, very thick and padded carpet is a nice touch. Seems like a very good price/value for all that you are getting in this all-new Outback.
Getting 32mpg on the hwy, mid 20's in the city. Beyond excellent for an AWD vehicle of this size! PZEV low emissions option is a nice offering for only $300. Electric parking brake button feature is really nice and easy to use! L.E.D. remote puddle lights are a very cool inexpensive option.
Bring back the big panoramic sunroof that you've had for years in the Outback! Would be really nice to have a smart key remote with push button start and a power rear hatch option.
I saw the new Outback, and was lucky enough to have driven it. I immediately ordered one. It is a HUGE improvement over my 2007! The car feels much roomier, and the seats are infinitely more comfortable. I was amazed at how much power the CVT has with the 2.5 engine. And the fuel economy seems perfect for a car of its size. The 2005 change was big, but this new version is huge: I would imagine they'll be very hard to get at first, since it's a great boost for the brand!
Bigger, more comfortable, better interior, good power, MUCH better gas mileage.
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon in WA is: