2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: More horses, please

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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More horses, please
By Jake on


2003 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


For such a heavy car, it is underpowered. However, for such a large vehicle, it drives wonderfully, handling like a sports car around turns with minimal understeer. At 76K miles, my head gaskets began to leak despite the fact that the car was always well cared for. Other than that, no mechanical problems. For 6'+, however, the car is cramped and overall interior design isn't as good as it could be. The stance is great for getting around in the snow or driving over small obstacles. For the price, the car has been great, but look into the H6 engine.

Best Features

AWD, heated seats

Worst Features

Performance, legroom, longevity of essential parts
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