We picked up our Outback on 12/1/10, the day we had the first "real" snow of the '10-'11 winter.
The Outback was put to the test right away and was great all winter.
It performed really well in snow and on icy roads.
Gas mileage is great too.
We were looking for a vehicle to haul our four dogs.
The Outback has plenty of space for them.
The ride, seating, and handling are as good or better than anything else we've owned.
We're up to 10,000 miles and the more I drive this car the more I love it.
We have the winter package.
I thought the heated seats were a "fluff" option.
When I started using them in really cold weather, I really appreciated them.
The winter mats were great to protect the floor when the weather was really sloppy.
Although I read good reviews about Subaru's, I had not seriously considered buying one before because they always got worse gas mileage that other cars I was considering.
Subaru has fixed that problem.
The 2.5 liter engine with the CVT has gotten over 35 mpg on the highway.
Around town I get around 28.
I can't name any.
This may be the best car we've ever owned.
I purchased a 2011 Subaru Outback in June, the car seems to be fine except that I bought the car for highway and off road driving. Unfortunatley I found out that the NEW SUBARU IS NOT CAPABLE OF BACKING OVER A 5" CURB FROM A STOP!!!
THE CVT DOES NOT PROVIDE REVERSING POWER TO GET OVER CURB. A supervisor at Subaru America has stated that the car is not expected to be able to clear objects 5" tall in reverse without having momentum to car the car over the object. If you shift into reverse and try to back over a curb the pedal will go to the floor and the car will go NOWHERE without starting momentum. The car has severly limited torque in reverse and cannot be trusted!!!!
Give car the ability to back over 5" objects from a stop... this is a FREAK Outback which can't handle backing over something 5" tall -- TOTALLY HONEST POST HERE..
If you are reading this, you are probably doing research.
I have already put 1,000+ miles on my 2011 Outback and I can honestly say that it has been nothing but a pleasure.
I used to own a 2000 Accord, but needed to upgrade for my growing family.
We recently took it for a road trip from NYC to Lake George Village and the ride was firm and comfortable and the cargo space was sufficient.
The only downside is the mp3 connection, which does not allow you to change songs.
One other thing, I notice that the driver's side of the car rides lower than the passenger side.
After analyzing the problem, I discovered it was all the cash in my pocket that I saved.
Ha! Unbelieveable bargain!
Quiet interior (from those gheto blasting low riders), comfortable leather seats, easy to navigate dashboard, class leading 2nd row space (cavernous for a toddler), deep and wide cargo area (lost a set of clubs somewhere inside), AWD (can't wait for winer), Harmon Kardon speakers (blasting podcasts/music/stereo), solid leather wrapped steering wheel, cargo nooks galore, roof rack (not yet used but will), handling/suspension (absorbs nasty NYC potholes with ease), power (can easily get up to speed), visibility (I see everything-even unmarked police cruisers!) and reliability (of course time will be the judge).
Allow the steering wheel dials the ability to change songs from a connected mp3 player.
Also, make space for a 17" wheel in the spare tire nook.
Seriously, I looked at all the competition, drove tons of them over a one-year period, and am 100% happy with my purchase.
A little backstory, I was originally looking at a used Audi or Chevy Tahoe, I then ran the numbers and found a base Forester wasn't too much more.
So I went in to test drive the Forester (with auto and alloy wheels), I thought it was ok. Then I tested the Outback back to back, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
The Outback is smooth, refined, quick and big.
Even though it is a 4 CYL it is not underpowered. In Wyoming (7200 ft) I can do 80mph at 2100 RPM.
The audio system is great, I love the iPod capability, and I have the All Weather Package which I would strongly recommend. I love this vehicle and the CVT is great, it is very smooth.
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
All Weather Package
Clever Roof Rails
Maybe a Turbo for the 2.5i, it isn't underpowered, but overkill is underrated.
I purchased a 2010 Forester in June, 2010 when a job changed forced a move to the Eastern Sierras and an elevation of 8000 feet.
The Forester was a great car that handled the snow without any problems.
But, it was underpowered at this elevation and too small for someone who's 6'3" and 260 pounds.
So, we traded it in on a 2011 Outback 3.6 Limited.
No regrets at all.
The 6 cylinder is both smooth and powerful, and the 5 speed transmission is much better than the 4 speed in the Forester.
It's got plenty of room, front and back.
The only car I've owned that's as comfortable was an Infiniti M35.
This is a great road car.
If it's as reliable as the Forester was in 18,000 miles, I'm happy.
Smooth and powerful engine nicely matched tot he 5 speed automatic transmission.
Fit and finish are very good for a car in this price range.
I don't generally like the appearance of SUV's and in the past have not thought much of Subaru's styling, but I find this to be a very attractive car.
When we bought our first Subaru a year ago the salesman said the brand has tremendous customer loyalty and a high rate of replacing a Subaru with another one.
After owning two, I can understand why.
And, they hold their value.
I owned the Forester one year, and put on 18,000 miles.
I got $1500 less than I paid for it on a trade in.