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Oh, the glamorous life of an auto reviewer. Take Subaru's spanking-new VDC Outback wagon, for instance. Here I am with three inches of snow on the ground and more falling in mushy clumps as I stuff the cargo hold with a New Year's weekend worth of essentials for a trip for five to the mountains. Mind you, I'm surrounded by girls in this Title 9 family of mine, ranging in age from 9 to 46.

Because I sleep under the spec sheets, I knew I had about 34 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in use. The girls obviously divined that there would be almost 69 cu ft if the rear seat were folded — never mind that three of 'em would have nowhere to sit.

So there you have it: I'm stuffing about 70 cubes of kit into a 34-cube sack, never once being allowed to rest one of those precious, giant, overstuffed Adidas bags on the snowy, slushy ground.

I'm not even out of the driveway before my right arm reaches involuntarily into the backseat to begin the tell-tale paternal flail that seeks contact with the nearest available bickering face. Yes, I mentioned to the wife, a picture of our three grumpy gals sardined into that backseat with the tower of luggage perched precariously overhead would make a darned good Christmas card for next year.

Clampett sensibilities

Normally, Subaru's distinctive Outback—the first of the "sorta-SUV"wagons—stands a jaunty 7.3 inches off the ground. This day, it hadAssumed a Beverly Hillbillies posture, with the rear of the car sagging under the burden of all those flip-flops, tank tops, hair dryers, and curling irons. There were Jersey plates on the back, so the idea did at least cross my mind that some embittered Nashville native might take a pot shot at this car full of presumed Yankees in search of a winning pro football team.

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Friday, November 25, 2016
2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

Great car for our needs and traveling with a dog

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Bought it for the additional safety options (EyeSight,cameras,etc) and all wheel drive Transmission,acceleration, and quiet interior noise is much better than our old 2012 model Believe it was the best SUV... + More »
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Sunday, October 23, 2016
2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring

Very quite inside. Excellent visibility and strong acceleration for normal driving.

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So far we love the Outback. Very nicely finished inside and acceleration is much better than expected. Great ride, excellent visibility and Eyesight is wonderful feature.
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Sunday, August 14, 2016
For 2016 Subaru Outback

A vehicle whose performance exceeds its price.

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The 2016 Outback has been completely reliable for the 9000 miles we have put on it. The adaptive cruise control and multiple other safety features are much appreciated. The car accelerates from a stop very... + More »
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