2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: An appealing package

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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An appealing package
By bgabel1260 on


2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Audio System (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


The car feels like a lower-cost
Eurowagon. The boxer engine produces a
nice amount of low-end torque, sounds
great and the shifter has a nice
mechanical feel. Despite the raised
suspension the Outback is quite fun to
drive and handles surprisingly well,
though it exhibits some body roll. The
ride is comfy on regular pavement but
can be really bouncy on torn-up roads.
The AWD system is completely
transparent to the driver. The cabin
is nicely finished though
unexceptional. Seats are very
comfortable and shod in nice cloth
material. The premium audio system can
play very loud and clear, a nice
touch. Cargo room is plentiful and
easy to access.

Best Features

High engineering (AWD, rear differential, 4 channel/sensor ABS, balanced drivetrain layout, etc), good low- end torque from engine, slick manual shifter, great sounding audio system, accommodative cargo hold, nicely bolstered seats, just an all around sensible package

Worst Features

Bouncy ride, brakes can feel spongy, lots of wind noise above 75mph, takes some work to fold rear seats flat, remote key fob is very finicky, driver's window operates slowly, no head curtain airbag available, could use a 6th gear, not as finely-built and refined as a Honda or Toyota.
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