In Portland and Seattle, or throughout the coastal or mountain backcountry of the Pacific Northwest, you won't have to look long to find a Subaru Outback. They're every which way you look, in the driveways of everyone from windsurfers to skiers to antiquing empty nesters. And if there's an official car of this region, this is it.
With the relative ubiquity of this model, it didn't take long to feel at home behind the wheel of a 2010 Outback. Elsewhere in the country, we had to keep in mind, the Outback is still more of a niche vehicle—although the automaker is hoping to broaden its base with this completely redesigned Outback.
At first take, the new Outback looks and feels surprisingly big—even compared to the new 2010 Legacy sedan on which it's based. But the proportions are somehow deceiving; the new Outback has three inches more wheelbase, and it's several inches taller, while overall length is virtually the same. And from the outside, it actually looks a bit like the Subaru Tribeca crossover—albeit with a slightly lower roofline and more carlike stance.
Thanks to the longer wheelbase and higher roof, the Outback is significantly more spacious than the previous version, especially when it comes to back seat legroom. Front seats in the 2010 Outback have copious amounts of legroom, while tall adults will find plenty of legroom and headroom in the back seat. There's no third row, however if you're stepping out of a crossover SUV like a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, you're going to find just as much useful interior space.