2004 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Can't beat it

2004 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Can't beat it
By miken2uzu on


2004 Subaru Outback AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Chose the L.L. Bean Outback over a
Highlander, Pilot, Matrix, XC70, and A4
wagon. You just can't get another car
with full time AWD, 8 inches of ground
clearance, leather interior, dual
moonroofs, 6 CD changer, ABS, side
airbags and a 212 HP engine for less
money (we paid just over $28k). We've
had it for about a year, and the
Outback's winter performance is better
than any SUV I've ever driven (including
Explorer, Yukon, Jimmy and Envoy)- it is
so much more confident on icy corners.
I'm a volunteer firefighter who MUST
be able to get on the road no matter
what the conditions, and this
car got me to the station through 10
inches of snow on unplowed roads more
than once.

Best Features

Winter performance- AWD, heated seats & windshield wipers, high ground clearance. Stereo (upgraded, non-Macintosh), 6 CD changer, build quality/reliability after 1 year, outrageously confident handling in bad weather/off-road. Good maintenance program- in first year I've only paid for gas.

Worst Features

Front seats need better thigh/back support, rear seets need more leg & shoulder room- don't think about fitting more than 2 adults in the back (though 2 do fit comfortably. Center armrest needs to be higher, softer, and longer. Needs Telescoping steering wheel and rear privacy glass
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