Full Car Details More Reviews The rest of the country might think we’re crazy, but Southern Californians think that snow is awesome. We regularly bask in some of the most enviable and temperate climates in the world, but in winter, we’ll drive for hours to trod upon, throw, and play in the white stuff, even when it’s been bespoiled by road grime, diesel fumes and whatever that yellow stuff is. And while the snow gods disappointed us with a shallower layer of powder than usual, along with high temperatures to melt what there was on the weekend of our trip, we headed north from our suburban Los Angeles domicile and made our annual trek to take in some of the white stuff. A cozy cabin in the woods? Check. Snow gear? Check. A 2018 Subaru Outback? Check. We specifically chose the Outback as our road-trip vehicle for its cargo capacity and all-wheel drive capability. It looked the part, too. With its gray lower cladding, raised suspension and … [Read more...] about Short Report: The refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback is softer and prettier, but is it better?
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SAN PEDRO, California – There’s something about the Subaru Outback that attracts the general public and what that is I am still pondering. It is no revelation that the Outback is one of Subaru’s best-selling cars beating the Forester in recent sales. In 2016 the Subaru Outback swept first place on 24/7 Wall St.’s “Cars So Hot They’re Sold Out.” That helps to explain why I found myself driving one among several others on the streets of San Pedro.If the Subaru Outback made a run for U.S. President it would easily win voters in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. What demographic buys the Subaru Outback anyway? If I had to make a fair assessment I’d say folks that regularly engage in outdoor activities such as kayaking, snowboarding, surfing, and hiking. Taking the ideal consumer into consideration I have to admit that when I first got into our 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited tester I felt like an imposter.The morning fog began dissipating as … [Read more...] about Quick Take: 2018 Subaru Outback Limited
A good guy’s car. This is what the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i-S is. Why? Put it this way, much like a certain Swedish marque that prides itself on offering family-friendly, safe, reliable vehicles, the Outback emits a sense of nice-ness that conjures up images of family picnics, cycling trails, camping trips and dogs. See, the Pleiades represents so much more than just a bright blue winged sedan with gold wheels and an anti-lag system. Quite the contrary, actually. While most would associate the Subaru name with performance, the brand has also established a reputation for producing tough-as-nails (if not slightly bland) vehicles. That is exactly where models like the Legacy, Forester and, in this case, the Outback, come into play. The latest iteration of the Outback takes over the reins from the Legacy wagon, leaving said model to soldier on in sedan form. So then, is the new Subaru Outback 2.5i-S a bona fide SUV, capable of tackling the type of terrain that its namesake is famous … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Subaru Outback 2.5i-S – a Legacy on stilts?
Crossovers have become so commonplace as suburban accessories these days that it’s easy to forget that they do have off-road capabilities. Or should. With that in mind, we gave our Four Seasons Acura ZDX, Audi Q5, and Subaru Outback a break from their grocery runs and slung them through an off-road-vehicle route in northern Michigan. Our intent was not to conduct a torture test in which the winner would be the one that didn’t need to be winched out, but rather to have an all-wheel-drive adventure that any crossover owner should be able to make without risking life and tailpipe. That said, we weren’t sure at the outset of our journey if all three vehicles-on stock tires inflated to normal pressures-would come through with fenders and dignity intact. The ride started simply enough, with a slow climb up a narrow trail. Senior web editor Phil Floraday, the off-road expert of the group, wryly advised us to use “as little power as possible but as much as is … [Read more...] about 2010 Acura ZDX, 2010 Audi Q5, 2010 Subaru Outback – Four Seasons Fleet Update – November 2010
Months in fleet: ElevenMiles to date: 35,145 In its eleventh month, our Four Seasons Subaru Outback 3.6R recently won over one more staffer. Art director Matt Tierney, father of two young children, recently declared, “I’m giving the Outback the ‘Easiest LATCH Award’ for installing and removing car seats. Why can’t every car manufacturer figure out a way to give this kind of easy access to the LATCH mounting points? With most cars, even if the mounting is easy, disconnecting a car seat is almost always a pain. Not with this car. This is what the whole LATCH revolution was supposed to be, yet almost no car makes it this easy. Extremely well done, Subaru!” Given the Outback’s 35,000-plus miles, it’s obvious we’ve taken this car on a lot of road trips. This past month has been no exception. This time, it was senior web editor Phil Floraday, lighting out for Chicago. He says: “Comfort was pretty good for three adults, all over six … [Read more...] about 2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Four Seasons Update – October 2010
Subaru Outback is one of those automotive bogeys that competitors seek to imitate but never quite capture. Mazda is poised to change that, its CEO tells Automotive News, with a production version of the Koeru concept. We're torn on whether this attempt will be the one to do it, whether the proposed model is truly aimed at the Outback, or whether it's just another pale imitation destined for failure.While the ingredients are pretty basic – wagon-like shape, extra cladding, a smidge more ground clearance than a regular car – no automaker has had a hit quite like the Outback. Reasons include packaging issues, poor brand fit, and Subaru's seemingly unstoppable momentum in building all-wheel-drive archetypes.That hasn't stopped a bunch of companies from trying. And now for a list: Ford attempted with the Freestyle/Taurus X; note that that model no longer exists, having been replaced de facto by the Flex and the newly crossover-ified Explorer. Audi discontinued the A4 Avant and … [Read more...] about Why a production Mazda Koeru won’t be a Subaru Outback clone
Perhaps no two models have meant as much to Subaru's market presence in North America than the Forester and the Outback. Each of their arrivals -- the Legacy-based Outback in 1994 and the Impreza-derived Forester in 1997 -- helped to introduce the crossover segment, and to develop it into the juggernaut it is today. See a side-by-side comparison of the Forester & Outback » It still makes sense to cross-shop the two models. Both have higher ground clearances than the smaller Impreza and both have ample room for passengers and their cargo. Both even have very respectable fuel economy figures, especially considering that they are full-time all-wheel drive vehicles. The Forester achieves 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the Outback does slightly better at up to 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Going Head-to-HeadWhile there are many similarities between the two, there are also things that set them apart. The Forester is, for instance, a few thousand dollars cheaper than … [Read more...] about Subaru Forester vs Subaru Outback
Like the grizzly bear, wagons are a rare sight in North America. Fortunately, one of the breed remains strong, the Subaru Outback. The lifted Subie has been the fittest of survivors; with U.S. sales topping 150,000 in 2015, it’s really more like a different bear—the North American black bear, which is easily spotted in many parts of the U.S.A. and Canada. The Outback masquerades as a crossover-utility vehicle, riding on a slightly raised suspension for more ground clearance, but it’s a Legacy station wagon in every other respect. This configuration has proved so popular, though, that Subaru stopped offering the non-Outback Legacy wagon in the U.S. some time ago. The Outback 3.6R Touring tested here is powered by an engine configuration that’s also on the brink of extinction—a horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated six-cylinder. Otherwise found only in the top trim Subaru Legacy, this flat-six accounts for roughly 15 percent of total Outbacks … [Read more...] about 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R
Rather than mourn the passing of summer, why not instead embrace autumn? After all, if you live someplace with delineated seasons, fall just may be the best one for driving. Right now near our Michigan stomping grounds, for example, the leaves are changing colors, transforming roadside foliage into an explosion of reds, oranges, and yellows that encourage long, circuitous weekend tours. Hustling a Porsche Boxster through such a landscape—top down, heater and heated seats cranked—is perhaps the ne plus ultra autumn experience. But if you need more than two seats and/or can’t bear the thought of bruising your bounty of heirloom apples in the mid-engine Porsche’s frunk, the new Subaru Outback tested here would fill the bill quite nicely. And you still get a flat-six engine. The Human Factor Indeed, one of the strongest aspects of Subaru’s spacious five-seater has long been its ability to haul people and stuff with little fuss. The … [Read more...] about 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R
This vehicle is located at the Baxter West Roads location. CARFAX 1-Owner, Subaru Certified, GREAT MILES 29,156! JUST REPRICED FROM $25,991, $1,900 below NADA Retail! EPA 33 MPG Hwy/25 MPG City! 2.5i Premium trim. Heated Seats, Bluetooth, CD Player, Dual Zone A/C, iPod/MP3 Input, All Wheel Drive, Alloy Wheels, Satellite Radio, Back-Up Camera. CLICK ME! KEY FEATURES INCLUDE Heated Driver Seat, Back-Up Camera, Aluminum Wheels, Heated Seats Rear Spoiler, MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Privacy Glass, Keyless Entry. AFFORDABLE Reduced from $25,991. This Outback is priced $1,900 below NADA Retail. PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE 152-Point Inspection, 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Plan, 24-Hour Roadside Assistance, Carfax Vehicle History Report, NO Deductible, Trip-Planning Services Pricing analysis performed on 3/30/2017. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to … [Read more...] about 2015 Subaru Outback