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Great car...they think of everything!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By 1happycamper
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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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This is my second Subaru.
I had a 2009 Subaru forrester but found it to be kind of an ambling vehicle (not very responsive or sporty).
After40k miles, I traded in my Forrester for a 2011 Outback.
The Outback
is very sporty and is fun to drive...very peppy. Very reasonably priced for the features provided.
I've been getting 30 mpg and love the vehicle.
This is the perfect vehicle for an active individual.
It hauls my road bikes on the hitch rack, the kayak on the roof, and my therapy dog to the nursing home.
Then it cleans up nicely to haul five people comfortably to dinner and a concert.
Truly a great deal!!


Best Features

The rear seats have a reclining feature and you can remove the headrest and flip the seats forward (flip back seat forward and front passenger seat back all the way back) and can fit a single kayak inside the vehicle!! My 10 foot kayak almost fit all the way. Another nice feature is the roof railings can be unclipped and manipulated to move across the roof (perpendicular to the car) and can then be used with a Thule, Yakima, or foam block roof rack kit for kayaks (my engineer husband figured this out saving me hundreds of dollars in roof rack add-ons). The auto transmission has the tiptronic with paddle shifters which is a blast to drive. Watch your speed! This baby is peppy!


Worst Features

Upgrade the interior trim to higher grade materials. Very minor plastic creaking after 26k miles, but still under warranty so was able to get it fixed.


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Great Car needed better Shocks
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By bwein
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2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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Love this with the 3.6 plenty of power with descent gas mileage 22 combines for 18,000 miles.
My only complaint was the soft ride and poor handling.
I put KYB gas shock on it and now it handles great and rides nice and firm. (watchout Cayennes) We have taking this car on the LA to Mammoth trek many times to go skiing and have needed the AWD plenty of times and it works great.
We can fit 4 adults and a dog for a weekend of skiing if we put the skis and boards on the roof.
Ingenious rack system.


Best Features

Seat Comfort and leg room front and rear, Reclining rear seats, Great interior room for its size. Roof racks, Powerful 3.6,


Worst Features

Poor handling from the factory and too soft a ride. KYB gas shocks has solved my problem. USB to radio does not control my droid. 6 speed auto tranny


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First Subaru Purchase
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By chief47131
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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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I have owned Ford vehicles all my life, but due to quality issues, decided to purchase a 2011 Subaru Outback. After owning this vehicle for over a year, and with 15,000 miles, it has exceeded my expectations and is worthy of all the positive reviews. I have no issues with the 4 cyl. not having enough power. It does very well in all driving settings and my gas mileage is averaging 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. Interior room is great for a family of four. Handling in snow is terriffic with no issues whatsoever. The Outback is a great reliable, economical, safe family vehicle.


Best Features

Reliability, Interior Room, Handing in Bad Weather, Gas Mileage, Safety Features


Worst Features

None


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BEST MILEAGE SUV awd
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By jasperdog
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2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


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Fabulous Mileage for a 3400lb SUV...better than my CRV by 20%!!
Just put on my first 8,000 km (90%hwy/10%
City) or 5000 miles by driving to calgary,salt lake, sedona,LA,etc and back to Vancouver,BC.
I used AVERAGE 7.0 l/100km...that's 34 us mpg or 41 canadian mpg for 5000miles. At one point when I kept speed downto 60mph I averaged 39usMPG or 47 cdn MPG for 200 miles.
Car is very comfortable with best leg room ever( 6,3inches...my crv sucks in comparison) for long drives.
Fantastic Car!!!Suggest you rename car as SUPARU


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Traded a Forester for an Outback
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By danwatson
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2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought a Forester 15 months ago when I moved to 8000 feet elevation.
The Forester performed flawlessly through 55 feet of snow in a record winter.
But, it's four cylinder engine and four speed transmission struggled at this elevation, especially in hilly terrain.
And, it was just a bit too small.
Since we were otherwise very satisfied, we traded it on an Outback with the 3.6 engine and 5 speed automatic.
After 18,000 miles, we traded it for $2500 less than we paid for it and still got a good discount on the Outback.
What a difference.
The Outback has plenty of power and leg room.
The Limited has very nice features.
It's a good value compared to similar crossover vehicles.


Best Features

Engine and transmission are well matched. Interior finish is better than expected for a car of this price. The AWD is great, whether you need it or not. It's got great traction and a very tight turning radius. In my opinion, it's one of the best looking crossovers. The selling dealer (Sierra in Monrovia, CA) threw in the free maintenance while under warranty which is a convenience.


Worst Features

The only problem we've had is a driver's window that won't go up without stopping several times. It goes up a few inches and stops. That means you have to repeatedly press the switch. Two trips to the dealership have not resulted in a repair. We're ready to go to another dealer for warranty service.


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