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Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the new 2010 Subaru Outback to bring you this hands-on review of its performance, styling, quality, comfort and features. Editors also evaluated the Subaru Outback against its competition, to provide you the best information to help with your shopping decision.

For 2010, Subaru has entirely redesigned its legendary Outback, moving it firmly into midsize territory and making it an even stronger competitor to such sport-utility crossovers as the Toyota Venza, Volvo XC60, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new 2010 Subaru Outback comes in three trim levels—base, Premium, and Limited—and offers two engines, a 2.5-liter flat four and a 3.6-liter flat six. Prices start at $22,995 for the base 2.5i model with six-speed manual transmission, rising to $30,995 for the 3.6R Limited model with all the bells and whistles. TheCarConnection.com drove several different 2010 Outbacks to produce this hands-on road test.

Subaru has given the 2010 Outback bolder styling and what it calls "SUV details”— exaggerated wheel arches, a thicker rear roof pillar, and chunkier rear side windows. It added 2.8 inches to the wheelbase, upped the width by 2.0 inches, and made it a whopping 4.1 inches higher, but actually kept it almost an inch shorter than the previous model. And at 8.7 inches, ground clearance is the highest ever, besting rivals that include the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2010 Subaru Outback isn’t especially swoopy or fast, and it hardly carries a luxe image. But with more interior refinement and new features, along with rutted-trail ability that sidelines tough-looking rivals, this Subaru will win more fans.

The front styling may be the Outback’s least successful aspect, with very large headlights swept well back into the fenders. Inside, the Outback is modern without being outlandish, with a slightly curved sweep to the center console.

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