I have a 2011 base model Outback with 27,000 miles.
No issues except the headlights burned out at 25,000 (I keep them on all the time).
Gas mileage ranges from 23 in town (in winter) up to 34 on the highway (in summer). High ground clearance is helpful for off-roading and deep snow. With snow tires on it goes everywhere, all the time - no stopping it.
The interior is surpassingly spacious, particularly the back seat space.
Consider avoiding the choice of white upholstery. In Alaska the car is ubiquitous - Outbacks and Forrresters are the most popular cars on the road here.
Excellent gas mileage for an all wheel drive.
At home in the mud and snow or cleaned up for a night at the opera. Very stable on the road. Goes when and where other cars can't.
A higher seating position would be nice.
Even better gas mileage too - particularly in town.
A hybrid version that got good mileage in town would be awesome.
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