2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Subaru Outback - Road Test Specs

2010 Subaru Outback

(2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
Style2.5i 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$23,690
Options on test vehicleNone.
As-tested MSRP$23,690


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeHorizontally opposed four-cylinder
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,457cc (150 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline (rpm)6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 4,000
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.454; II: 1.947; III: 1.296; IV: 0.972; V: 0.825; VI: 0.695; R: 3.636; Final: 4.44


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeEngine-speed-proportional, hydraulic-assisted power rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.0:1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelConti ProContact
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP215/70R16 99S
Tire size, rearP215/70R16 99S
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, front11.6-inch ventilated disc with two-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear11.3-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph (sec.)9.4
0-75 mph (sec.)14.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 81.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)133
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.7
@ Full throttle (dB)71.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith no chance of wheelspin, the best launch is pretty clutch-intensive -- slipping it from 4,000 rpm. Shift throws are on the long side, but gates are well defined and aren't notchy or reluctant. Power feels like it trails off in upper revs.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe rear end gets light and wiggles a bit under full-ABS stops. Good fade resistance and quiet ABS pump.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Good balance right on the verge of under- or oversteer. It was interesting that despite the nondefeatable stability control system, the Outback spun 90 degrees after passing the timers when I lifted off the throttle. Hmm. Slalom: Unlike on the skid pad, where the stability control seemed rather lenient, it was on full red alert in the slalom. Heavy-handed interference, and probably a good thing, too. Turn-in is reasonably good, but the rear end is reluctant to follow. Tall and tippy is the feeling.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)80.56
Wind (mph, direction)4.4 head

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/27 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)Best = 28/worst = 20.45/average = 24.08
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,386
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,377
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.5/44.5
Length (in.)188.2
Width (in.)71.7
Height (in.)65.7
Wheelbase (in.)107.9
Track, front (in.)61.0
Track, rear (in.)61.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.8
Legroom, front (in.)43.0
Legroom, rear (in.)37.8
Headroom, front (in.)40.8
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)34.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)71.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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