It was just over 20 years ago when Subaru debuted the Legacy Outback, which was a mid-sized wagon with a suspension lift and body cladding. It was meant to be the brand’s answer to the blossoming sport utility vehicle segment, and now after all those years, the car has not only sold 2 million units in the U.S., but it’s also Subaru America’s best selling vehicle.
Two million buyers can’t be wrong, but in case there was any doubt, the Outback does a number of things very well.
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Every time I get behind a slow driver, it seems to be a Subaru. Why do Subaru drivers go several miles below the speed limit? Lol. Am I alone or does anybody else feel that way?
Subaru's are really good, quick, performing cars...Except for maybe the Crosstrek, which is the best looking little car on the road. Just saying. I live in the mountains and I'm not talking about city drivers driving hot rod Subarus.
Build quality is impressive, a step better than my 2017 Honda Accord. The Accord doesn’t feel cheap by any means either.
The ride quality and quiteness on the freeway is great too. Im averaging 37 mpg combined. Impressive mileage for a larger wagon/suv.
The AWD is insane too! Its magical how the outback gets up steep, icy and snowy alleys with just all-season tires.
I have a 2013 Outback. Hands down the best car I've ever owned for the money. I actually looked at new vehicles last summer and just recently, NOT because I needed one, but just had the new car bug. I didn't see anything, frankly, that I liked even as much as my Subaru. I'll keep it, especially since it only has forty one thousand on it. Great cars.
Thanks for a great review. You did not mention whether the car in this review was oversteer or understeer. You also did not say your recommendation whether the car is worth to buy. Keep up the good work.
Depreciation is outrageous, I agree! That's why it's best to get with a used CPO Volvo! However, my car was NEW when I bought this past January, original MSRP was $46,500! They offered $12,500 off MSRP, and CPO'd!
New vs. used? Really? Compare apples to apples. Volvo V60 CC entry level T5 price: $41,850. Outback 3.6R entry level price: $38,500. I stand corrected - it's not twice as much. However, the Subie has greater ground clearance (which is about the only reason why you would want to go with the Volvo V60 Cross Country over the standard V60), superior reliability, has a more extensive dealer network, and is generally rated higher by consumer organizations.
P.S. If you go with a certified used 2017 V60 CC T5 vs. the same condition 2017 Outback 3.6R Limited, prices are actually lower for the Volvo vs. roughly $30,990 for the Subie. Looks like you're right...but what does that say about the depreciation curve of the Volvo?
robert hensen CVT transmissions are unavoidable if you want a brand new car, unless you go with a manual transmission. Toyota is, in my opinion, the best manufacturer in terms of general reliability but even they use CVT. Subaru claims oil consumption is normal, really it's not a big deal if you just check it once a week. In my opinion, the 2.0 H4 subaru uses in the Crosstrek and impreza are probably the best bet for reliability. If the deciding factor on a car is reliability then I'd have to say go with a Toyota. Honda is right up there with them too, so I've been told. I love Subaru, and will never not own one, but Toyota seems to be hands down the best manufacturer. Can't really get over the CVT issue though. Locally, subaru dealers are offering lifetime warranties on engine and transmission components so ask a few different dealers about that.
i am thinking about buying a Subaru it will be my last new car as i am getting older flue economy and reliability are my number one concerns .Toyota is my next choice i have been checking problems with these cars i don't like cvt transmissions
robert hensen Oil consumption is not exclusive to subaru, and yes for the most part the head gasket issue on the 2.5 was fixed as far as I know. If you're that concerned but still want a Subaru, look at the Crosstrek or Impreza with the 2.0. I don't think the 2.0 has any issues at all. Fantastic motor except it doesn't have much power. Also, the 3.6R exclusive to the Outback and Legacy top trims are insanely reliable from what I've heard. Subaru will be ditching the EJ25 for good in a few years in favor of the F series, anyway.
2:53: "Even with 6 cylinder, it is not quite enough..." Not sure about the CVT on the newer models, but my 2012 3.6R with its conventional transmission has plenty power I think. After all, this is a family car.
JCA - Subaru has always consumed some oil. That is their nature and they are totally worth owning. With this said I have one that did not consume oil and so did my mother. Also, having worked in a auto shop in the past I can state majority of new cars consume some oil. This is because of the lower friction they are trying to achieve which allows some oil consumption to increase fuel economy the goverment has set. There are a few videos and papers written about this somewhere. I do not remember what they are titled, but they have engineers chiming in from several manufactures.
Almost traded my 16 Legacy for an 18 Black Edition Forester because I'm tired of climbing in and out of a lower sitting car. Glad I didn't. My lease is up next spring, and I already know what I want. That and I wouldn't have to sacrifice not having ACP or AA.
Subaru will walk the Buick in bad conditions and general off-road use. Also the Subaru will hold a far superior resale value. With this being said I seriously like the new Buick though. I love both brands :-)
The new turbo 4 uses regular. So at least that is address.
As far as engines though. I'm going to miss the smooth as silky smooth flat 6. And driven carefully, straight highway, no AC, holding to 60 - 65, I was getting over 30 mpg. (I was interested to see what kind of mileage I could get, can't do that in the city! And not with my foot).
Over all, an outstanding (even if they don't get all they could out of it) engine.
SUBARU should be ashamed by putting an engine like this in a car that size... they should easily make their 2.5L HP @ 205/210 ft tq. as matter of fact all car companies that have 2.5 should follow my standards. THUMBS DOWN SUBARU!!
JCA if you open any BMW, Audi, Porsche manual, it will say the same thing. My Crosstrek was built in 2013 but it does not consume oil. There is a TSB for FB20/25 motors for defective oil control piston rings. Toyota and Audi has huge class action lawsuits for the exact same thing. So this isn't just a Subaru problem. At least Subaru of America in general take care of their customers.
I was shopping for a Subaru in Canada and found a pamphlet in the dealership talking about oil consumption between oil change. Owners should expect to add oil between oil change. If owners forgot to check the oil level and top it up between oil change, there will be a warning light comes on when oil level is low. Subaru officially acknowledges their boxer engines consumes oil. If a new engine consumes oil, it will consume more as it gets old. In the end I did not pick the Outback despite I like the design og the car and how it drives.
Jason Thach Actually, no I couldn't. My '08 Accord had recalls piling up,mostly due to the airbag issue. In Spring 2016 we got a letter from Honda saying not to drive the car more than necessary, not to drive with anyone occupying the front passenger seat, and (by the way) the replacement parts won't be available until Fall 2017. If you want to talk about a "meh" car with mechanical issues, it was that Accord.
The Legacy (which is not Subaru's "flagship" so I don't really get your point) is hardly "meh." We bought a '17 after comparing it to the Accord, Malibu, Fusion, Mazda 6, Sonata, and Passat (can't bring myself to even consider a Camry). The Subaru actually outhandled the 6 just slightly - better turning radius, tight in the corners, less body roll due to the low-slung boxer engine and it had more interior space than the Mazda. It had a nicer, albeit simpler, interior than the Accord (at the time, the Honda had the dual-screen center stack). Admittedly, the Subie is the less attractive of those three but I buy cars for the long haul and I've seen design exercises that don't age well (I'm looking at you, Hyundai) and the Subaru is handsome but not flashy. Take a Legacy for a test drive some day - you'll find that it's not as meh as you might think.
King Of the monsters Not the most awarded cars today. The domestics are just as good and $6,000-12,000 less than the Japanese. You'll never see that amount in Japanese residuals for the life of the car.
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