2007 Subaru Outback Wagon With Automatic and OE Navigation System

July 23, 2009

1 1/2 years ago my Mom bought a 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon.  My Mom bought the Outback with most of the extras that Subaru offers for the Wagon.   My Mom's Outback came with A/C, automatic, power windows, power steering, power brakes, roof rack, ABS, traction stability control, side impact air bags, electric front window defroster, rear window defroster, electrically heated seats, electrically heated power mirrors, and a Subaru navigation system.

I have been able to drive the Subaru.  Like all large wagons the Outback is hard to park.  I have seen my Mom use the Subaru AWD system to pull the Outback out of her snow and ice covered parking space with ease.  The AWD Subaru requires less clearing of snow out from under or behind the Outback for the wagon to back out of it's parking space.  My 2007 Toyota Yaris with duel FWD requires most of the snow to be removed from under the Yaris before the Yaris can back out of it's parking space.  I shall point out that my Mom's 2007 Subaru Outback Wagon costs $10,000 more than my 2007 Toyota Yaris.

The navigation system screen provides extras like real time fuel consumption and out door temperature.  The Subaru comes with 2 disks for loading the navigation system software.  Trouble is that one disk is for the East Coast.  The other disk is for the West Coast.  How often someone living in the middle of the US has to change navigation disks is any one's guess.  One thing I dislike about the Subaru navigation system is that the software breaks the US into regions.  The driver has to select which region the vehicle is in to use the Subaru navigation system.  The Subaru navigation system has two side by sides displays available.  One display shows where the vehicle is.  The other display shows future highway turn off options.  Having two different navigation displays is confusing.

One problem my Mom has with the Subaru Outback is the keys.  The Subaru dealer is the only place that Subaru keys can be made.  Each extra key cost $27.  Only after my Mom had 4 extra keys made for her Wagon did my Mom learn that non of the extra keys will start her Subaru.  It never occurred to Subaru that anyone would want to own more than 5 keys that can start their Subaru.  Each Subaru key have a security chip built into the key.  The Subaru security system checks to see if the key is authorized to start the Subaru.  Only 5 keys can be programmed into the Subaru's security system.  The fifth key has restricted access to the Subaru.

Like all large wagons with AWD, the Subaru Outback Wagon gets less than stellar fuel economy.  A EPA rating of 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, is disappointing to me.

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