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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The graphics look dated, particularly once you get into the menus, and it all runs off old-school DVDs, not a hard drive.
lengthy standards roster
cross bars for the standard roof rails...swing out of the way and lock into the side rails when unneeded
Car and Driver
easy-to-use sound and climate systems
With a base price of about $24,000, reaching to about $32,000 for plushly equipped versions, the 2013 Subaru Outback has the basics covered, while it can't quite match some crossovers LCD for LCD on the latest features.
All Outbacks have standard power windows, locks, and mirrors; tilt/telescoping steering; air conditioning; cruise control; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth and audio streaming, and iPod connectivity; steering-wheel audio controls; and a split-folding rear seat.
The Premium model adds leather trim for the shifter and steering wheel; a 10-way power driver seat; 17-inch wheels; and body-color side mirrors. Among its options are an all-weather package and an excellent Harman/Kardon audio system with 440 watts of power, nine speakers, and a 4.3-inch display, as well as satellite radio and four months of free service.At the top of the line, the Outback Limited models add perforated leather upholstery; a four-way power adjustable passenger seat; dual-zone climate control (with new rear air-conditioning outlets this year); and an All-Weather Package with seat and mirror heaters, along with a de-icer for the windshield wipers.
Limited models also get a new electroluminescent instrument cluster integrated with the 3.5-inch multi-information display screen that shows EyeSight functions if that driver-assistance feature is fitted.
A voice-activated navigation system with a 7-inch LCD display is optional, as are a rearview camera for reversing, and real-time satellite traffic, among other features. A Power Moonroof Package integrates the rearview camera, and includes an auto-dimming rear-view mirror as well.
The Outback's gets special notice. Its roof-rack system puts all that capability to good use--it has folding crossbars and removable pieces for toting kayaks, skis, and roof boxes.
All-wheel drive is standard, though the Outback misses out on some of the high-tech, high-cost features found on other crossovers.