2012 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Beware Audio Issues

2012 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

57 Total Reviews

All Models

Build Quality
Reliability Value
53 of 64 people found this review helpful
Beware Audio Issues
By dardanel on


2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


I have purchased the vehicle based on excellent reviews and positive feedback from the owners that I have talked to who had the previous versions of this model.
I have driven it only for 120 miles.
I went for 2.5 engine for better gas mileage.
I think 170hp is plenty.
Breaking performance is good.
Acceleration on hwy from 60 to 80 was good enough for this size engine.
Acceleration from 0-60 could be better IMHO.
Takes corners and curves very well.
It sticks to the road.
My only problem is the Audio Set.
If you think audio in a car is important this model is not for you.
Read more on suggested improvements.

Best Features

It is relatively quiet. Driver seat is very comfortable, 10 way adjustable and telescope/tilt steering wheel provides plenty of configurations. Interior is well designed, pleasing to the eye and functional. The materials show the quality. I like the shift pedals on the steering wheel and the fact that they take over even when you are in D. Trunk well designed.

Worst Features

It comes with a Harman Kardon 7 speaker according to SR "top of the line" audio set. When you turn the key to ACC position, an annoying hissing sound comes from the speakers even when the audio set is off. Subaru of America (SOA) acknowledges the issue but will not do anything about it, trying to wash their hands off. Their response is disappointing. It is simply under-powered. The sound is not adequate and there is no adjustment other than Bass/Treble/Middle/Balance. Cell phone and audio set interfere. The USB recognizes only a limited number of USB storage devices. Overall Subaru did not invest the effort in the audio/media application and it reduces the experience significantly.
Recommend (53) (11)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.