2013 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Excellent car, except for owne

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Excellent car, except for owners of Thule equipment
By kingti on


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


Very good to excellent in all aspects, except for the integrated roof rack. The crossbars do not work with many older Thule products (bike carriers, ski racks, kayak carriers), and they do not extend beyond the width of the roof line. For those outdoor enthusiasts who need to carry multiple items, we need to attach standard Thule crossbars. However, the design of the roof limits the front to back bar distance to 25 inches. This makes for a less stable kayak carrier or rooftop box. I am told that Subaru and Yakima have an agreed upon specific adapter for Yakima crossbars. Subaru needs to do the same with Thule, given the large number of Thule enthusiasts.

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Subaru needs to work with Thule to allow a pin insert crossbar adapter, just as they did with Yakima. Increase the size of the power and tuning buttons/dials on the radio. These are too small.
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