2003 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: One versatile vehicle

2003 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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One versatile vehicle
By ToughCar on


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


We bought our Outback '03 in Nov '02.
We needed a good AWD for tough winters
in northern NJ and boy does the Outback
handle winter! Reliability has been
spotless so far - odo 23K. Mix driving
averages us about 23 MPG. We were
considering an SUV but are happy we got
the Subaru instead. It handles very
well in clear and inclement weather.
Comfortable on long rides as well -
took it down to NC and upto NH. We love
this car and plan on keeping it for a
long time. If you're looking for the
most value for your money, I doubt
there's anything better out there.

Best Features

Heated seats, mirrors, windshield deicer, outside temp, weather band, ABS, 6 CD changer, handling, reliability, comfort.

Worst Features

Improve mileage, slight wind noise at hwy speeds, entry/exit into driver's seat could be improved a bit. Improve mid-range torque.
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