2011 Subaru Outback Limited Review and Test Drive

I’ve been a Subaru fan for a long time due to their quality.  They are making some awesome cars and looking at their successes over the past few years, it is clear that everyone has figured this out.  Subaru has always sold well in areas where snow was an issue, but all-wheel drive today is as much about driving pleasure as it is about inclement weather.  Subaru is capitalizing on that fact with all their new products.

I had the 2011 Subaru Outback this week, a vehicle I drove over a year ago but not for an extended amount of time.  I knew I liked it last year, but now having it in different circumstances, I can see why it has been such a huge success.

I have a Cypress Green Pearl Limited with the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine, hooked to a 5-speed automatic transmission.  There are other engine and transmission combinations, including some CVT transmissions, but my test car has the big V6 that puts out 256 horses, which makes this wagon or SUV a very peppy ride.

Just about everything comes standard on the Limited model, including Bluetooth hands-free connection, heated seats, leather interior, 440-watt Harman Kardon stereo, power driver’s seat, and automatic climate-controlled air conditioning.

Subaru is known for safety, much like Volvo from that standpoint.  The Outback has vehicle dynamic control and rollover sensors, anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, front air bags, of course, tire pressure monitoring system, brake assist, and a lot more.  The vehicle is extremely safe, to say the least.

Subaru did a great job using every square inch of room inside this vehicle.  It is much roomier on the inside than you would think by looking at the outside of the vehicle.  Everything is easy to reach and operate.  On this model, only the power moonroof and rear vision camera are options, at an affordable $1445.

The vehicle drives and handles GREAT and feels very solid.  The Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel drive system adds an incredible amount of stability to the car that makes you really want to push it.  This is a car most would never tire of, it is a pleasure to get behind the wheel.

  • What I liked most: Interior and handling.
  • What I would change if I could:  Make larger wheels available, 17″ isn’t big enough.
  • MSRP as tested:  $33,724.
  • Fuel Economy: Rated at 18 city/25 highway, but getting much better on the highway.
  • Outback in a few words: A really enjoyable ride and drive for the money.

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