2008 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Excellent in snow/ice

2008 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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2.5I Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Excellent in snow/ice
By Joe on


2008 Subaru Outback 2.5I 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


I got this car during my second winter in the Northwest. Was driving a FWD Lexus RX 330 and a RWD Ford Explorer. Worlds different! I felt very unsteady with the Explorer, better with the Lexus. I haven't had any problems at all with the Subaru with regards to traction, control in the snow, etc. It works well for what I got it for. On snow days, I've taken it with no problems up and down hills which had given the other cars trouble.

Best Features

The AWD is amazing, and very confidence-inspiring. Radio sounds decent for the price. Build feels solid. I like the extendable sunvisors. Dash/steering wheel controls are very easy and intuitive. I'm 5'9", 175lbs and the cabin is not too tight for me.

Worst Features

The non-turbo 4cylinder feels a bit underpowered, but adequate for daily commute. Gas mileage could be better but I'm getting 21-24 mpg average (60% fwy). Cupholders are in the center console and a bit out of the way. Door windows should have a metal frame surrounding. Rear seats kinda small.
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