2014 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Luxury Swiss Army Knife

2014 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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3.6R Limited Wagon (3.6L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Luxury Swiss Army Knife
By jg63 on


2014 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


Sold my BMW 330xi and got my new Outback 3.6R Limited. I've gone from the "ultimate driving machine" (which drove great, but didn't have a lot of room for people and stuff, didn't have a lot of ground clearance, and was getting very expensive to maintain) to the "ultimate do absolutely everything pretty well" machine. Tons of room for its exterior size. Plenty of power. Nice ride. Great value. Well built. Amenities are pretty good for this price point. While I miss a bit of how the old car drives when pushed hard on a curvy road, on all other points, I prefer the Subaru.

Best Features

Wagon utility. Hands-free system with Bluetooth audio streaming. Leather interior. Ground clearance. Interior room. Visibility. Power. Comfortable ride. Nice handling. Turning radius. Paddle shifters and the logic in the AT that works great for descending steep grades.

Worst Features

Stronger brakes. This vehicle has substantial mass to stop. The brakes are fine and compare well to most vehicles, but better brakes would make the driving experience better. A sport mode for the AT where the shift points are more aggressive without having to manually shift the gears. Older pre-2009 Outbacks had this. Better mounting of the cargo area interior trim so the Harmon Kardon subwoofer doesn't make it rattle when you really have the bass up. Softer materials for the dash and door trim. At this price point they should be more plush. I'm afraid the electric parking brake will wear out eventually. Would prefer a manual one.
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