2014 Subaru Outback Consumer Review: Transmission and/or fuel deliv

2014 Subaru Outback - Consumer Review

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2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)

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Transmission and/or fuel delivery problem
By lillie12 on


2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited PZEV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


After shifting into drive, the transmission waits a beat (about 1 long second) and then shifts.
When the car is in drive, the fuel delivery and/or timing surges periodically.
Both make for a jerky drive.

The gas pedal is VERY touchy.
The gas pedal must be pressed very lightly at first, so as not to give passengers whiplash on start-up from a stop.

For short drivers (5'-5'4")
the headrest can be uncomfortable.
Instead of a flat surface, it bulges out and tips forward, pushing the driver's head into a chin downward position.
It is not tilt adjustable.

Eyesight is helpful,
however, it once stopped the car on a highway when the car in front moved left to make a left turn.

Best Features

Rides very smoothly on the road, with minimal road noise. High ground clearance (8+ inches) makes it easy to drive unpaved, potted roads. Eyesight is a help with cruise control, as it slows the Outback down if the car in front slows down, without the driver having to brake or exit cruise control mode.

Worst Features

Front headrests need to be made to accommodate drivers of all heights, without forcing the head forward. Sun shades for driver and passenger are too small. Better gas mileage. Cup holders that accommodate greater variety/size/type of coffee cups (see Toyota Sienna).
Recommend (9) (5)

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