2005 Subaru Outback Review

2017
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2017
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by Al VinikourIt’s no longer necessary to travel an entire day to see the Outback. All you have to do is trot on down to a Subaru dealership. The company recently started selling the third generation of what was a crossover before anybody knew what a crossover was.

Defined in its simplest terms, the Outback is a great-looking sporty car that bears a strong resemblance to a station wagon. There the similarity ends, however. For Outback III, Subaru has infused a new level of sporty driving performance, a lighter, stronger body structure and revised suspension and steering systems to provide sharper handling response and a quieter ride.

Interestingly, Subaru has classified the Outbacks as trucks with the fuel-economy Feds. The company says it’s because buyers want more SUV-like features – but it’s also a good bet the chunky Outback would lower Subaru’s otherwise excellent fleet fuel economy, too.

Family of movers

The Outback isn’t just a single model. Rather, it’s an entire family of them. Six trim levels are available as a wagon – beginning with the Outback 2.5i and topping out with the Outback 3.0 L. L. Bean Edition and an Outback 3.0 R Sedan.

The Outback 2.5i and 2.5i Limited constitute, for lack of a better description, the entry-level Outback. Both are powered by a 2.5-liter SOHC horizontally opposed (boxer) four-cylinder engine, producing 168 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a four-speed automatic transmission is optional.

The Outback 2.5 XT and XT Limited are both powered by a DOHC 2.5-liter intercooled turbocharged engine that has 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on all the above; optional is a five-speed automatic transmission with Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel-drive a more sophisticated and complex version that allows the drivetrain to shift power better between the four wheels to deliver more traction.

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February 27, 2017
2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring

It's a homerun AND a touchdown!

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Great value for the dollar. Beautiful, quality interior. The only "extra" optional need is the hitch.
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January 30, 2017
2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

A vehicle that is all things to a family...

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The styling and proportions are spot on. The interior feels very comfortable and luxurious. Visibility is the best for this class of vehicle. You can't go wrong if you're looking for a long distance family... + More »
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December 21, 2016
2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

We are enjoying our new Outback, would recommend it to others.

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Happy with car so far. Mileage isn't so good but like the safety features and the car in general.
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