2011 Subaru Outback Features

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The 2011 Subaru Outback is offered in three different trim levels: base 2.5i, Premium, and Limited. Base equipment isn't bad: The steering column not only tilts but telescopes; all models include an outdoor temperature display and three 12-Volt power outlets; and cruise control and air conditioning are included, along with a four-speaker sound system with aux input. Premium and Limited trim levels are available with all three engine/transmission combinations.

The jump from base to Premium trim levels brings with it standard fog lamps and a power driver's seat, and the Outback Subaru Limited gets a standard Harman Kardon stereo and dual-zone climate control, among other standard features. Perhaps the best feature on the 2011 Subaru Outback is the low MSRP; base models begin at about $23k, and a tricked-out Limited model still comes in under $35,000, significantly undercutting the competition from Volvo and Jeep.

Subaru doesn't wow with high-tech options, but there are a few noteworthy extras: Subaru's traditional all-weather package adds heated seats and mirrors and a deicer for the windshield wipers; a 10-way power driver's seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; a power mooonroof; and a 440-watt, nine-speaker harman/kardon premium sound system (which now also includes XM Satellite Radio and a trial subscription). Limited models offer a voice-activated navigation system with a reversing camera that shows in the eight-inch dash-mounted display. To our surprise, ordering the navigation system requires the moonroof to be specified as well. And unfortunately, Subaru doesn't even offer memory functions for seat and mirror settings for different drivers.

The 2011 Subaru Outback doesn't stand out on features, but it is one of the best values among family wagons and crossovers.

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