Just bought this car and absolutely love it for the exception of the Bluetooth. Had a Hyundai before and the Bluetooth worked great. On the Outback it is totally annoying. Will not dial by name or number. Had other people in my family try it and and it is a joke. Shame on you Subaru!
Very good to excellent in all aspects, except for the integrated roof rack. The crossbars do not work with many older Thule products (bike carriers, ski racks, kayak carriers), and they do not extend beyond the width of the roof line. For those outdoor enthusiasts who need to carry multiple items, we need to attach standard Thule crossbars. However, the design of the roof limits the front to back bar distance to 25 inches. This makes for a less stable kayak carrier or rooftop box. I am told that Subaru and Yakima have an agreed upon specific adapter for Yakima crossbars. Subaru needs to do the same with Thule, given the large number of Thule enthusiasts.
Subaru needs to work with Thule to allow a pin insert crossbar adapter, just as they did with Yakima.
Increase the size of the power and tuning buttons/dials on the radio. These are too small.
Traded in our 10 Legacy that we loved for the ground clearance of the Outback, ordered June of 12 and received in July so a year now and have loved everything about it. Ride was sportier in the Legacy and it probably isnt of Audi or BMW quality..(Maybe better) We have taken several long trips very comfortably and on the Hwy can easily get the 30mpg promised avg hand calc over the last year is shy of 26 and we do in town driving. 2.5i strong enough for anyone unless you just love having the 6 cyl, live @ 4000ft and go down the hill all the time. Works great in the snow. Nav is good not great, large back up camera. Recommend to anyone, Great Value.
Push button start, keyless entry, memory seats that set when your fob is used to unlock the door or by button, E brake only because it seems to hold better than old fashioned pull brake, snow capabilities, ground clearance, bluetooth is easy to connect, the large back up camera, comfortable, they added voice command.
Could us more thigh support but most cars could, using Nav while driving should be allowed, at least when a passanger is in the car, voice commands not easy to use.
We've had our 2013 Outback since the Winter and its been awesome. The suspension was definitely stiffened up this year which can make poor road conditions more noticeable but high speed and back road handling is spot on. Our latest road trip was 400 miles to NH and we averaged 33.6 MPG with 3 people, cargo and lots of mountain roads. We've hit a few off road trails and the car has tackled mud and dips with ease. The interior is quiet, spacious and the harmon kardon audio is very good. No issues to date!
MPG, ride/handling(feels planted and controlled), smoothness of powertrain, off road capabilities, interior space/comfort and high speed quietness, harmon kardon audio quality, backup camera, heated seats. Top notch safety scores- only Subaru seems to be nailing the new IIHS offset crash test. The Outback gets a top Safety Pick + award.
Some interior fit and finish items could use work. There's some untidy panel gaps on the A pillar covers and the dash board is all hard plastic. There are two grocery hooks in the back cargo area but they are made of thin plastic.
Great car traded in my sport car, BMW which was in the shop frequently.
Having said that I am done with "German" Engineering.
I got the Outback for obvious outdoor activities as well as daily driver.
The car handles well around sharp curves, their are to minor quirks with the car.
1) audio system to blue tooth, sometimes fades in and out.
2) Ignition keys, this I find more annoying I have not had ignition keys on a car for over 6 yrs but if you can go "retro" then it should not bother you.
Overall great car, fun to drive. Impressive off road not only for its handling but the fact that it handles those bumps flawlessly.
Works well on potholes also.
Comfortable seats, lots of leg room.
Easy to use roof rack.
Get rid of ignition keys, go with the push button start.