Finally found guts to get rid of my "Thirsty Elephant on hormones" - 2006 Jeep Commander.
Both me and my wife love everythng about Outback and the 3.6 really moves it.
Leather quality comparable only to Infinity.
Everything is where it is expected to be.
My only couple of little gripes are:
(1) Can't raise the back glass (need to pop the entire door) which I find pretty irritating especially if you need to bring a few 10 ft 2x4's from Home Depot.
(2) Also, it is strange that only driver's side mirror
has one-touch up feature and you need to hold the button full time to close the passenger windor.
But otherwise, it is a blast to drive. No regrets whatsoever. Get a 3.6R for sure!
Loads and loads of great features.
8" GPS is amazing and very functional.
Awesome sound system.
Leather quality is top notch.
Mileage is within limits stated in specs.
Improve availability of black leather with exterior paint combinations.
Somehow more exterior colors are available with "light brown" (which I call white for all practical purposes) leather.
Who needs white leather?
2. Would be real nice if back lift gate window would pop up without opening the whole back door.
Strange that one-touch window up is only available on driver's but not on passenger side.
Subaru decided not to go with the crowd and that "on-off" button.
Old-fashion ignition switch is just fine by me.
I purchased a 2011 Outback Limited with the 3.6R engine for my wife. (Everything except Nav) After driving it from Maine to Oklahoma (home), I had to have my own Outback so I sold my 2010 Maxima and purchased another 2011 Outback Limited with the 3.6R engine except this time with nav.
I frequently refer to my outbacks as Honda Accords with AWD, however much more practical. You can haul and carry a lot of stuff home from Lowe's. I have several suggestions for improvement (explained later) and have actually conveyed them to Subaru. (Probably will fall on deaf ears though, however I did receive a nice response.) Great vehicle and you can't go wrong.
Looks, practical, economical, smooth, reliable.
As a whole and considering all factors, it is an outstanding vehicle that is very hard to beat.
OK, now for my big bitch. Do not waste your money on the Outback's navigation system. It is a three disc system that is definitely second class and would be better suited for a Yugo. I love having to change disc's between Illinois/Indiana and Oklahoma/New Mexico and remembering in the state you are traveling in prior to selecting any locations. . If you have not used/owned Acura's or Infinity's Navigation system with traffic & weather, you may not find it as bad as I do.
Outside drivers side mirror needs to be tinted, and electric lift gate option would be very nice as well as programable seats.
However: that navigation system has to go!!!!
I agree with the Swiss Army knife comment--this car offers comfort, class, off-road and bad-road handling, lots of room,
bells and whistles (I have winter package with heated front seats and also satellite radio) and for a car of its utility, superb gas mileage.
At first I was getting an average of 23-25 mixed used mpg, but on a recent 2000 mile road trip, loaded with 5 passengers and cargo, I averaged 30 mpg at 70-75 mph.
I had read in chat rooms people trash the contipro tires, but at the end of the trip we got caught in some sketchy snow conditions, and the car pulled through like a champ.
Heated seats, satellite radio, adjustable roof rack (though I haven't used that feature, yet.)
My new 2011, which I have had only 3 weeks has already been in shop once and will be going in again this week for the same issues. The issues are that I get a clunk when I release the brake pedal quickly (Dealer says it is normal) and the other more annoying problem is that I get a rpm related whirring from the engine right from idle. Dealer says it was air in power steering oil and said it was fixed. Well, it wasn't and now I'm afraid it is something more significant. I plan on driving another new one to see how the brake clunking is and I know that others do not have the whirring. Not a happy camper.
utility, versatility, size, value for money, fit and finish.
I am really unhappy that I bought my car.
I have had it four weeks and it has spent the last 3 days in the shop.
One of my kids left a dome light on in the car over night and it died.
The next morning I tried to jump it and it wouldn't jump.
The car had stopped recognizing my keys and remote starter.
I had to get it towed and reprogrammed.
I don't want a car that is going to need to be towed if the battery goes dead.
The gas milage is no where near thirty like it say that it can get.
I average about 20 on the highway.
I like the rack on top that I added, because it makes it look tough.
I would suggest that Subaru go back to what made them legends- tough economical cars.
I grew up with Brats and loved the symplicity and the durability.