I purchased a 2011 Subaru Outback in June, the car seems to be fine except that I bought the car for highway and off road driving. Unfortunatley I found out that the NEW SUBARU IS NOT CAPABLE OF BACKING OVER A 5" CURB FROM A STOP!!!
THE CVT DOES NOT PROVIDE REVERSING POWER TO GET OVER CURB. A supervisor at Subaru America has stated that the car is not expected to be able to clear objects 5" tall in reverse without having momentum to car the car over the object. If you shift into reverse and try to back over a curb the pedal will go to the floor and the car will go NOWHERE without starting momentum. The car has severly limited torque in reverse and cannot be trusted!!!!
Give car the ability to back over 5" objects from a stop... this is a FREAK Outback which can't handle backing over something 5" tall -- TOTALLY HONEST POST HERE..
If you are reading this, you are probably doing research. I have already put 1,000+ miles on my 2011 Outback and I can honestly say that it has been nothing but a pleasure. I used to own a 2000 Accord, but needed to upgrade for my growing family. We recently took it for a road trip from NYC to Lake George Village and the ride was firm and comfortable and the cargo space was sufficient. The only downside is the mp3 connection, which does not allow you to change songs. One other thing, I notice that the driver's side of the car rides lower than the passenger side. After analyzing the problem, I discovered it was all the cash in my pocket that I saved. Ha! Unbelieveable bargain!
Quiet interior (from those gheto blasting low riders), comfortable leather seats, easy to navigate dashboard, class leading 2nd row space (cavernous for a toddler), deep and wide cargo area (lost a set of clubs somewhere inside), AWD (can't wait for winer), Harmon Kardon speakers (blasting podcasts/music/stereo), solid leather wrapped steering wheel, cargo nooks galore, roof rack (not yet used but will), handling/suspension (absorbs nasty NYC potholes with ease), power (can easily get up to speed), visibility (I see everything-even unmarked police cruisers!) and reliability (of course time will be the judge).
Allow the steering wheel dials the ability to change songs from a connected mp3 player.
Also, make space for a 17" wheel in the spare tire nook.
Seriously, I looked at all the competition, drove tons of them over a one-year period, and am 100% happy with my purchase.
I purchased a 2010 Forester in June, 2010 when a job changed forced a move to the Eastern Sierras and an elevation of 8000 feet. The Forester was a great car that handled the snow without any problems. But, it was underpowered at this elevation and too small for someone who's 6'3" and 260 pounds. So, we traded it in on a 2011 Outback 3.6 Limited. No regrets at all. The 6 cylinder is both smooth and powerful, and the 5 speed transmission is much better than the 4 speed in the Forester. It's got plenty of room, front and back. The only car I've owned that's as comfortable was an Infiniti M35. This is a great road car. If it's as reliable as the Forester was in 18,000 miles, I'm happy.
Smooth and powerful engine nicely matched tot he 5 speed automatic transmission.
Fit and finish are very good for a car in this price range.
I don't generally like the appearance of SUV's and in the past have not thought much of Subaru's styling, but I find this to be a very attractive car.
When we bought our first Subaru a year ago the salesman said the brand has tremendous customer loyalty and a high rate of replacing a Subaru with another one.
After owning two, I can understand why.
And, they hold their value.
I owned the Forester one year, and put on 18,000 miles.
I got $1500 less than I paid for it on a trade in.
Here's the 2011 Subaru Outback with the noise that car buyers are complaining about. Loud inside the car and out. Occurs in park, neutral and drive. Starts at about 1100 RPM. Dealers will tell you this is normal. THIS IS A NEW CAR....two weeks old....this is not normal and Subaru should repair / recall this car to fix this problem. View and listen to this defect at youtube.com and look up user mudridx. See and listen to the subaru_outback.mov for yourself.
Visit the Subaru forums and read the many complaints about the Outback "chirping".
Google "Outback chirping" and read for yourself.
It is not acceptable that Subaru is not addressing this problem.