14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Competent and fun utility vehicle
By restless4 on
Vehicle2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
ReviewBought a silver Limited 3 months/3500 miles ago. In general it is a very competent vehicle, extremely spacious for the overall dimensions of the vehicle.
Initial reliability has been perfect.
2013 included a change to the suspension, which has made this car handle well, and fun to drive on country road.
Two downsides to this car.
First is that it does have an economy car feel, even as the high end Limited model.
Switchgear, plastics used, and such are cheap for a $30K car, and there are some sloppy manufacturing shortcuts that are easily noticeable.
Second is that the 2013 model has a new drivetrain that's supposed to get better mpg, but it seems to have dropped from the 2012s.
Best FeaturesThe overall utility of this form factor. Not an SUV! And it handles like a sports car. Not pretentious at all, but unique with it's own personality.
Worst FeaturesImprove quality of interior plastics and materials. Change design of broad flat area on the center dash that creates significant glare in bright sun.
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