From 4Runner to Outback
By Lee on
Vehicle2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewReplaced wife's 2000 Toyota 4Runner. New 4Runner is too big for her & too expensive for me. Outback is a big improvement over 4Runner: much more stable, much faster, gets better MPG, and has a great interior with all the gadgets (Limited). Granted, we didn't use full capabilities of truck- based 4Runner's 4WD. We are really impressed with the Outback not like the 1987 wagon I had! Very quiet & stable at highway speed. 6 cyl is fast, getting ~20 mpg overall after 600 miles of mixed driving. No evidence of front end "shimmy" some 2010 Outback owners reported. Really impressed so far.
Best Features6 cyl; expected reliability; AWD; overall size & capacity; decent MPG; loaded interior
Worst FeaturesDiesel engine; hire an Audi designer for exterior--not the best-looking Subaru or wagon on the market; use a real manual emergency brake--it's actually useful for emergencies (and donuts in snow)
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