2012 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Happy With 2012....Should we h

2012 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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2.5i Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Happy With 2012....Should we have waited for '13?
By rayjayjjr on


2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6M)


Our first AWD, now with 4500 miles. Needed something that had towing capacity and could pull 2000 lb. boat out of steep sandy boat launch. Certainly fits those needs with added plus of 31 mpg at 70 mph and 27 suburban with AC off. Will drop a couple mpg with AC.
Does have an issue with steering drift. I don't think I would want a stiffer ride. This handles reasonably and soaks up wash board roads better than our soft riding minivan.
Seats are somewhat hard.
Engine and tran will roar at hard acceleration but is quiet at cruising
You may want to upgrade to model with power passenger seat.

Best Features

Towing capacity, gas mileage, rear leg room. Interior head room. Road clearance.

Worst Features

Center clock, temp, mpg readout is hard to read on sunny day. Option for power passenger seat at lower price levels. Gas cap on left side. Does 2013 have more interior color options? Our ivory seats and black carpet seems odd. Dual temp zones?
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