2006 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Powerful Ride, Great Handling

2006 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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

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Powerful Ride, Great Handling
By Phipka on


2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


This is my third new Subaru and there are noticeable improvements from model to model. The only real negative I see is a hesitation to accelerate. This is a real problem when coming onto a road past a blind curve or pulling onto a parkway with fast unforgiving traffic. Otherwise the car has amazing handling and is the best foul weather car I have ever driven in. It is a little closer to the ground than my 2000 Outback Limited offering excellent stability in the wind. I particularly liked the sport shift when I went over the 16% grade of the Sonora Pass in California this year - I really feel safe in this car under almost any condition. 19/25 mpg traffic/highway.

Best Features

Safety, handling, ergonomics - no slide rear cargo liner - beautiful exterior.

Worst Features

Solve the acceleration lag - in any mode of driving - with this much power it should be immediately accessible.
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