2005 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: AWD is Overrated.

2005 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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AWD is Overrated.
By Alex on


2005 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Really liked it at first, but after two years, I'm happy to be getting rid of it. I bought it for the cargo space and AWD. Lot's of space, very nice driving position, and comfortable front seats. However, it absolutely stinks in the snow (so much for AWD - had to buy snow tires anyway), the back seat is cramped for a car this big, it is SO underpowered, and it eats gas. Also, some interior elements are really shoddy and scratch easily (what is with the cargo cover?), and very large bumper overhang makes it almost impossible to parallel park. Lastly, after 30k miles, distinctive burning rubber smell started coming through the heat vents. Dealer could never figure out what was wrong.

Best Features

Heated seats, mirrors, and windshield wipers. Nice looking car inside and out.

Worst Features

AWD is a gimmick. Get a FWD car and buy some snow tires. You'll save fuel and power.
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