2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Not a bad little car

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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135 Total Reviews

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

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Not a bad little car
By Jim C / NJ on


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


This is my first non GM car. I like it
a lot. I still can't get comfortable in
the front seat (I'm 6') and the gas
mileage isn't as advertised (20-22
combined). There are great touches
though but coming from a large SUV -
there's things I miss. As for WIND
noise - I took off the roof crossbars
and it went away. Only minor problems
so far. I'll write after more miles are
on it but for the price it was a good
deal. Can't wait to try AWD in the snow.

Best Features

Little storage areas, GREAT AC, roominess, heated seats, looks, ride, heated mirrors, MANY other things too.

Worst Features

Build to fit people over 6'. MORE 12v outlets in front! One doesn't cut it today. Also power to 12v outlet all the time to charge cell phones etc! Commute isn't long enough to charge them. BETTER headlights on low - can't see 50'! High is GREAT! Rear window that opens for quick loads.
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