2010 Subaru Outback: Buyer Asks about Child Seats

October 19, 2009

Some families still want a good traditional station wagon. Especially when they learn they're about to have twins.

Reader Ari Bajtner noticed the 2010 Subaru Outback review on our sister site FamilyCarGuide.com, and shot us a note. He writes, "Hey! My wife is expecting twins in April 2010. As our family is about to double, we will need a family car for mom, dad, and twins.

"What can you tell em about the new 2010 Subaru Outback? I really like the car, and I like the fact that it has all-wheel-drive, as safety is my first concern. Getting the Subaru is a no-brainer to me, so long as we can get two infant and baby seats in there, and all their stuff. Please help!"

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Well, Ari, for complete details, check out our Bottom Line on the 2010 Subaru Outback, which links to individual pages on that car's styling, performance, quality, safety, and features. We rated the 2010 Outback at 8.2 out of 10 points.

Summing it up, we liked:

  • Excellent all-wheel drive is standard
  • Low base price
  • midsize car that drives and handles small
  • Huge backseat room
  • Legendary Subaru durability

We felt the car's few drawbacks were:

  • More SUV-like styling is chunkier
  • Engines offer fuel economy or performance, but not both
  • CVT whines a bit (they all do)
  • Subaru stints a bit on convenience features

And to set your mind at ease, the 2010 Subaru Outback comes standard with the LATCH system, which includes lower anchors and tethers for attaching two child seats in the two rear outboard positions (the rear seat has full shoulder harnesses to seat three people).

For full details, here's Subaru's page on the LATCH System.

Even with the good rating and laudatory comments, one fan of the 2010 Outback wrote in to question our reasoning on the features. We offered our more detailed rationale in a followup explaining how we rate features.

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