Had the car now since Sept 2012, my 6th Subaru and the best so far.
My first was a 84' GL wagon and I've been in love with Subaru's ever since.
They are more refined now and offer a lot more creature comforts but still have that unique character that makes a Subaru a Subaru. I have the 3.6R Limited with EyeSight (thought about the Special Appearance Package but opted for safety over a couple of additional gadgets).
Very glad I did.
The EyeSight system is AWESOME.
It has saved me from a few close calls and actually prevented me from hitting a deer.
I had a 06 LL Bean Outback (also a great car) couldn't believe how much roomier it was and love that I can use regular gas versus high test
As this was my first car and I'm a highly practical person who wants to make sure I make the absolute best decision for me, I drove, drumroll please... 30 cars. I even drove the 2012 and 2013 outbacks back to back to see if I could notice significant differences in the way it drove. I did. Much less body roll and more pep with slightly better gas mileage did me in. So far I've driven 1500 miles, mostly city. City, I've been averaging 23 MPG and on the highway I did about 28 with two large adults and all our junk for a vacation. I haven't done much off-roading, but I can tell this car would handle it no problemo.
I bought a 2013 Outback 3.6 Limited last month. Since then I have traveled from Georgia to New Hampshire to Michigan and Illinois visiting family and friends. All told, I put 3400 miles on the car very quickly. I had been looking at the Outback for several years since my 2002 BMW X-5 was getting a bit long of tooth. I am glad I did because just about all the complaints from other reviewers of the 2010- 2012 models have been resolved. The more I drive this car, the more I enjoy it. And it will go places that other crossovers only dream about.
This Outback is my first Subaru, and sadly, it will probably be my last.
I had high expectations for this car considering the excellent reviews from prior models, but now that I've got 40,000 miles on it, I'm not impressed.
It burns 1 quart of oil every 1000-1200 miles, which Subaru says is normal.
There is a constant vibration at hwy speeds that is NOT tire related. There are large gaps in the body panels, and the hatch doesn't even line up...indicating poor build quality.
The seat is already starting to deform, and I'm not a big person. There is a constant rattle on deceleration, and the stock stereo speakers are probably the worst I've ever seen.
We recently passed 10,000 miles on our 2.5 Outback Limited.
I'll state right up front that so far we love this car.
We have not had any realibility concerns and it has performed very well.
The new engine and 2nd gen CVT work well together, and we find the drivetrain to be very responsive.
We have been averaging 26/27 mpgs in mixed driving.
Driveability and traction in bad weather has been great!
On the downside, the mpgs have gone down since winter has arrived, although we have been using the remote start a lot. The premium radio is good but not on par with offerings from other mfrs, and the SAT radio seems to cut out a lot.
Overall though it is proving out to be a good purchase.