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Outback's maiden voyage to Baja
By bajapable on
Vehicle2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i PZEV 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
ReviewOur 1998 Outback served us well so we went for the 2014. The test drive was a 3700 mi trip to southern Baja & back. It performed well, including on some pretty rough desert roads. It's not a luxury car, not a sports car, but so far it seems to be a solid mid-range car suited to a wide range of uses and conditions.
Best FeaturesThe 2014 has more interior space than our older Outback, which helps a lot on longer trips with luggage, camping gear, etc. The radio has an analog dial as well as the scan feature. This makes it a lot easier to find stations in unfamiliar areas. I thought analog had disappeared and I totally hate the digital-only interface in most cares.
Worst FeaturesThe stock alarm sounds only if a door is forced. The "upgrade" that supposedly reacts to break-ins doesn't work, as you can climb all over the car without setting it off. There is no way to lock anything to the roof rails: thieves can easily break the crossbars & take whatever is attached. The 1998 held a full-sized spare tire, but the 2014 holds only the donut -- worthless for trips to the -- duh -- outback! The rear seats do not fold flat; this restricts use of the space. The stupid mileage gauge shows that mpg is higher going downhill than uphill -- who knew? Why not something useful e.g. a temp or oil pressure gauge?
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