2010 Subaru Outback
Price: starting at $22,295
If you have ever lived in one of the Snowbelt states like Colorado then no doubt you have seen them puttering around the streets in all their hyper-reliable all wheel drive glory. More so even than Audi, a company that has also built a name from building highly competent snow cars, Subaru really caters to individuals who thrive in a cold climate.
With a complete refresh for the 2010 model year, the Outback now boasts aggressive new front end styling and a wealth of new interior space. This increase in size is most appreciated by rear seat passengers who will no longer need to store their legs in the capacious cargo hold.
Another bonus found in the Subaru Outback package is that it offers performance options that should appeal to most any driver. There are three engine choices for the 2010 Outback - first off is a normally aspirated 2.5 liter boxer engine worth 175 horsepower (perfect for those wanting to save the planet), a turbocharged version of the aforementioned boxer 4 cylinder (the model for Impreza WRX owners who just had twins) and even a hyper-luxurious 3.6 liter six-cylinder (for those who don't want to have to work to hard accessing the power). Note: boxer engines are thusly named as the cylinders are horizontally opposed as to mimic two punchers boxing when viewed from above. Porsche is the only automaker to share this cylinder design.
In another clever move, Subaru has now made the relaxed six-cylinder automatic only and the more frenetic turbo model manual transmission only. To be honest, most six- cylinder engines aren't optimized for use with a manual - they are far better served when connected to the quick revving aggression of a turbocharged four cylinder. Fun to drive and perfect for keeping safe and secure on the way to the ski runs this winter, the 2010 Subaru Outback is more than the boring old station wagon your mom used to drive.