2012 Subaru Outback - Edmunds Ratings

2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R (3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)
Date Driven: 3/22/2011 (2011 Outback 3.6R)
Performance Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds feels strong thanks to its quick-shifting 5-speed automatic, which also matches revs on downshifts. The 3,650-pound 3.6R completed the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds @ 90.4 mph. It has plenty of power.
Driving Dynamics Through transitions the Outback feels well balanced and its steering communicative. It?s a capable highway cruiser. Off-road the 3.6R manages moderate low-traction situations nicely. It's fun.
Ride Comfort Front seats were comfortable over long distances while maintaining reasonable level of support. Rear seats received praise for their ability to recline. A tilt and telescopic steering wheel affords the driver a personalized fit.
Quietness Wind and road noise are evident but not intrusive. Tall sidewalls of Continental ContiProContact all-season tires contribute to the melody, but also nonintrusive. Exterior noise is nothing the radio can't drown out at low volumes.
Ergonomics Climate controls are easily dialed knobs. Radio controls are a less-friendly button and knob combination. All primary and secondary controls are easily located and labeled, however. Steering wheel-mounted buttons are a plus.
Visibility Lots of glass. There are no significant blindspots from the driver seat of the Outback. Rear hatch design limits some visibility, though the optional rearview camera ($2,995 as package 08) in our test car remedied the problem.
Seat Access & Space This is a tall, wide wagon. It offers plenty of space for passengers in all directions. Most body types will be able to access the Outback without struggle. There is ample room for 4 passengers with one carry-on size item apiece.
Cargo & Storage Wagon versatility and increased dimensions characterize the updated Outback. Storage behind the second row of seats is significant and protected by an available waterproof mat. Fold the 60/40 seats flat to increase the cargo area further.
Build Quality We did not encounter any build quality issues with our test car. Good fit and finish.
Off-Road All-wheel drive and reasonable ground clearance make the Outback off-road ready. Just don't get too crazy, there is no locking diff. Snow and semi-maintained gravel roads are its forte.

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