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2011 Subaru Outback, 2011 Subaru Legacy Pricing Stays Put

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Most of a year after their launch, the redesigned 2010 Subaru Outback and 2010 Subaru Legacy are selling like hotcakes. Subaru is on a roll, it seems, and we've noticed it in the brand's seemingly recession-proof sales figures. It was the only brand to post sales gains in 2008, and built on those numbers by another 15 percent in 2009 with no sign of slowing down in 2010.

Smartly, Subaru is mostly holding the line on pricing for its Legacy sedan and Outback crossover wagon. The base 2011 Subaru Legacy remains offered with a starting price of less than $20,000. But that base model isn't so barren. For $19,995—or $20,720 including the slightly higher $725 destination charge—you get power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, tilt/telescope steering, a split fold-flat back seat, and a CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary input and four speakers. New for 2011 are fold-in side mirrors.

For 2011, equipment hasn't changed significantly, but models with the harman kardon sound system now include XM Satellite Radio and a trial subscription.

Further upscale, the 2011 Legacy 2.5i Premium and 3.6R are unchanged, at $20,995 and $24,995, respectively, while the top Legacy 3.6R Limited starts at $28,295. Limited models come loaded with heated mirrors, upgraded wheels and tires, Bluetooth, special perforated-leather power heated seats, dual-zone climate control, a voice-control system, and more.

Subaru has eliminated the Legacy 2.5GT Premium trim and instead offers the sportier turbocharged model only in 2.5GT Limited guise, with its price up $405 to $31,395. Equipment now includes a standard moonroof as well as new carbon-fiber-look dash trim.

The 2011 Subaru Outback is up just $200 from 2010; it now starts at $23,195, or $23,920 including destination. Base sticker of the Outback 2.5i Premium is now at $24,495, while the top Outback 3.6R Limited starts at $31,495.

Plus of course both of these models have IIHS Top Safety Pick Status, which this year requires top scores for the new rollover (roof crush) test, along with front, side, and rear tests. ABS, Brake Assist, electronic stability control, front active headrests, and side and side-curtain airbags are also included across both model lines.

As for 2011, 2.5i models include a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ('flat') four-cylinder engine, while 2.5GT models (Legacy only) get a 265-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged four and 3.6R models have a 256-hp, 3.6-liter flat-six. A six-speed manual is standard on all four-cylinder models, but a CVT is available on 2.5i variants; all 3.6R models come with a five-speed automatic.

For both models, TheCarConnection.com appreciates the roomier, quieter cabin and more refined driving feel versus pre-2010 models, along with acceleration for 2.5GT and 3.6R models. Based on Subaru's astounding sales trajectory, we're betting that shoppers are liking what they see, too.

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Comments (5)
  1. Wow. Slow news day?
     
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  2. So when is Subaru going to start making a car that gets good gas mileage?
     
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  3. It's not too inefficient but the base engine is extremely (dangerously) slow (even a Corolla smokes it from 0-60). Too bad Bengt deletes my comments like that - he must not like me very much.
     
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  4. Wish that the exterior didn't look so much like my Grandmother's Chrysler. The geriatric appearance has me hoping that my '06 lasts for a few more years until Subaru does a restyling. I love my Subaru, to replace it, I would like a return to its sporty appearance. I intended to purchase a new Legacy soon. Now I'll have to wait or consider another manufacturer.
     
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  5. I disagree with most of these comments here. So much so, that I bought 2 brand new 2011 Legacy cars today. They are the base models, one blue, one silver, with the CVT transmission. I traded in a Ford Fusion and Mercury Mariner as I really wanted the All Wheel Drive. As to speed, it's actually only .3 seconds slower in the 0-60 than a Corolla, and it's significantly heavier and bigger. That is negligible for anybody over the age of 35. Next, the MPG for freeway is 31. That is no slouch with an average of 26 combined. Again, very respectable. However, I looked at everything and NOTHING came close to the features, build quality, and overall performance of this car for anywhere near $21,000. Enough said. I truly feel I got much more car than I paid for- times two! We're very happy!
     
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