Last week I came upon a brand new Jeep stuck in a four ft. snowdrift. The owner (a 20 something male) was testing his new car in the snow. I drove into the snow drift next to him, rolled down the window and offered to call the tow guy. Sheepishly he told me his dad was coming. Put my Subaru into reverse and drove away. This weekend was in Tucson parked at a resort surrounded by 100's of Lexus (the official car of golf resorts) I watched as several people passed by and looked at our car, puzzled as to the new look. My biggest fear was to get run over by an out of control Lexus. In summary, Subaru - rough and wild in the woods and civilized and classy when needed.
Everything: heavy luxurious doors, location of all the new buttons, parking brake/button, spacious seat with various fine tuning buttons and lumbar support, seat warmer
At 203 miles, driving 20 mph on residential streets, the transmission stuck in 1st gear with numerous lights on. Undocumented limp home mode? Dealer "service" dept gave me a chat line to call instead of road side assistance. Ridiculous and dangerous non support. 24 hrs in shop and they still don't know what went wrong.
Feels substantial inside.
1. Build car that works after purchase. 2. Inform your service people of road side assist number and suggest they don't give joke numbers to customers in need.
This is our third Subaru and we've loved our 2001 Outback. The most disappointing feature of out 2010 is that the heater does not blow heat onto one's feet even when set to floor alone. When the fan is turned up the noise is deafening and still no heat on feet. We took it in for servicing as we just assumed it must be some blockage or disconnection from shipping. We were told this is "normal". This seems ridiculous as this model touted as being perfect for snowy climes. Should be sold with complimentary boxes of toe warmers! What's up with stationary outside mirrors. Liked the break-aways on older models lots better! Wish speedometer was more precise- only 10mph increments and 20 mph digits.
Heated seats including heat in seat backs. Adjustable driver's seat. Spacious back seat. Improved front console. Rear console is handy.
Get the heater to blow hot air on feet! Bring back break-away mirrors. Get rid of silly standard shift "paddles". They are non-functional and gloves get caught in them. Move hazard light control back onto dash and away from heater. I turn them on by accident all the time.
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.