2011 Subaru Outback

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Outback MSRP: $ 24195.00
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  • All-wheel drive stability and nimble handling
  • Continues its reputation for durability
  • Spacious backseat
  • 2.5i base model is a great value
  • Lacks agility
  • Standard stereo equipment is horrible
  • 3.6R loses it 'green' badge with its poor fuel economy
Bottom line: The Outback is a good all-around performer offering modest on-road performance, mild trail capability, and an attractive interior that is functional and roomy.

The Subaru Outback is a favorite among pet owners and people who prefer outdoor activities over indoor functions. Plus the 2011 Outback sport utility vehicle is a popular choice because of its "can do" attitude and practical value. The fourth-generation Outback was redesigned on an all-new platform for 2010 and is the roomiest Outback ever built.

With a 530-mile range potential for the 2.5i models equipped with the optional Lineartronic CVT, the 170 hp 2.5L Boxer engine can achieve 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway according to EPA estimates. When coupled with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2.5L SOHC Boxer engine achieves 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The 3.6R models feature a 256 hp, 3.6 liter DOHC horizontally opposed Boxer engine mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 3.6R is 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. With regards to safety, Symmetrical all-wheel drive, stability and traction control are standard across both the 2.5i and 3.6R models. Subaru is the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all models, two years in a row.

With a big debut in 2010, the 2011 Outback only has a few minor updates. New for 2011, the rear vision camera that appears as a 3.3 inch display in the auto-dimming rear view mirror, is included in the Power Moonroof option package. The Navigation Package displays the rear vision camera image on the 8-inch high resolution touch-screen. Buyers who select the Harmon/Kardon Audio Package also get the factory installed XM Satellite Radio with a three month trial subscription. And Ruby Red Pearl was added as the 9th exterior color choice.

CarReview's opinion of the 2010 Subaru Outback

  • Potent 3.6 L 6-cylinder engine
  • Off-road capability of an SUV
  • Luxurious interior
  • Plenty of cargo room
  • Excellent value
  • On-road handling is disappointingly soft
  • Exterior design is a step backwards
  • Mediocre premium audio system
Verdict: The redesigned Outback has moved from being a family wagon to a capable crossover, but it is rugged, reliable and versatile for many occasions.

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