2013 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: 2013 Outback 2.5i Premium

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2013 Outback 2.5i Premium
By rogerl3 on


2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


I purchased a 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium after extensive research.This is my first Subaru and first AWD vehicle.

After 2,700 miles of driving I have been very pleased with the performance, drivability, and features.
The car handles extremely well on all roads.

Acceleration is acceptable, with plenty of torque and power with the 4 cyl. Boxer engine. The CVT transmission takes a bit of "getting used to" as it does not shift through gears as a typical automatic transmission.

The interior is quiet and comfortable, plenty of space for 4 adults and storage in the rear cargo area.
The Outback is an exceptional value IMHO.

Best Features

All wheel drive, roomy & comfortable interior, plenty of "get up and go" for a 4 cyl. engine, handles extremely well.

Worst Features

Actual mileage is lower than advertised EPA estimates. I am averaging 23-24 mpg in mixed city/highway driving. The audio system could be improved, I would recommend budgeting for an aftermarket system installation for those interested in good sound quality.
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By rogerl3
on 11/06/13 11:41 AM (PST)

Update: No problems after 11,500 miles on my 2013 Outback. The car runs very well. The mileage has improved, I'm averaging 26-27 mpg in my daily mixed driving. We got 32 mpg on a lengthy trip to the NC Outer Banks this summer. Glad we chose the Outback. Looking forward to some wintery weather to see how it handles in the snow.

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