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Video Review - Subaru Outback 2.5 i-Touring EyeSight (A)
19 Apr 2021  |  Subaru Reviews
The Subaru Outback delivers on space, style, and advanced safety systems. Should you pay for this interesting station wagon?
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   Consumer Reviews of Subaru Outback
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OVERALL RATING
 
6 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4.5/5 Reliability
4.5/5
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Handling
4.5/5 Features
4.5/5
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Exterior Styling
3.5/5 Interior Design
4.5/5
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Value for money
3.5/5 Engine Performance
3/5
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6 Reviews

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Purplexus
2nd Gear
19 reviews
194 points
76 forum posts Joined on 08-Aug-2009
Looking a little jaded  Posted on 14 Apr 2021
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 2/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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In search of a replacement for a sedan, I had decided on either a SUV, Crossover or a wagon. At about the same price point of about 160K there are quite some options amongst the SUV and Crossovers but few wagons. The German and Swedish ones are beyond the budget. However the Outback was in the range, I had test it when it first came out some 5 or 6 years in this iteration and found it quite a decent option but the look was not there. It has a rugged exterior but the latest model though longer and wider don't look very different form ots predecessor. However the interior is very nice with Nappa leather and a Volvo like vertical screen that was large and friendly to use. The drive is comfortable and being 4 wheel drive and steer, Subaru handling is never in question. Comfort levels are good but engine noise filters in. It will be an easy car to live with and those who own one grow to appreciate its virtues, so few in used market. The eyesight tech offers good safety but did not have the chance to test that! Overall a very good car but unfortunately it's look doesnt take your breathe away!

What I like
Interior is very upmarket for the price point. Safety is excellent and drive is overall satisfying and easy to live with.

What I do not like
Same look. If Subaru designers were aliitle more imaginative!

aerolith
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
Something different in Subaru's stable  Posted on 14 Jun 2021
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Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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If you're looking for something different than the usual crop of SUVs from Subaru, this Outback will just be it. Basically a raised estate but with loads of equipment.

What I like
Decent power, as well as the fact that the Outback is loaded with lux items such as leather seats and Subaru's latest Eyesight safety features. The Harmon Kardon Speakers is way better than the standard items inside the Forester.

What I do not like
Watch out for fuel consumption.

quippery
Neutral Newbie
6 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
Awesome Eyesight system!  Posted on 17 May 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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If you're looking for something that will keep you safe on the road, this is it. Eyesight system works great: The car keep within lanes no problem so you can just relax on the highway, and yoou even get automatic braking when pedestrians run across the road.

What I like
Driver Monitoring System works flawlessly as long as you take off your mask (obviously!). Crazy amount of space inside for wife and kids. Really distinctive bodyshape. Speaker system is way better than the one in the normal Forester.

Carparked
Neutral Newbie
2 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
Subaru has stepped up  Posted on 19 Apr 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 2/5
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Outback is indeed a very special car that looks very different on our roads.

But one thing that has improved is their interior. A very expensive feeling car inside. The Eyesight system is also very intuitive. So far, one of the best assist systems I've come across.

Low NVH, comfortable, but it feels underpowered.

What I like
-High quality interior
-Refined and quiet drive
-Eyesight system is one of the best

What I do not like
-Underpowered

jdmrockz
Neutral Newbie
16 reviews
0 points
2 forum posts Joined on 25-May-2011
SUV too boring.. get this is better  Posted on 13 Apr 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 2/5
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Always thought the older outback was quite cool, was basically a jacked up version of the legacy with a flat-6 NA engine. Very unique car.

New car is a big step up. Went for a test drive and i am impressed by the refinement and cabin materials. Very relaxing drive with very little noise and vibration. Overall is a nice drive.

Only thing is that is not so powerful compared to many turbo competitors these days, even tho the outback never had turbo back then either. Fuel economy also but it is expected from Subaru car. Drive it normally, with normal throttle input is ok.

What I like
-refined
-looks special compared to the usual suvs today
-high quality cabin compared to other japanese competitor

What I do not like
-feels a bit underpowered
-no turbo
-fuel economy

ilovetoyotacars
Neutral Newbie
15 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 25-May-2015
Very comfortable SUV but not very powerful  Posted on 12 Apr 2021
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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On first look, I thought this would be a 7-seater SUV considering its size, being larger than the Subaru Forester. It turns out the Outback is a 5-seater with plenty of space! Although the interior isn't as good looking as other conti cars, it is still one of the nicer ones compared to most Japanese cars.

What I like
Very comfortable ride, well insulated and comes with many features. Tried out the EyeSight adaptive cruise control, it is pretty amazing, the car can steer itself and maintain a safe distance from the car in front on the highway.

What I do not like
Even though it has a big 2.5 litre engine, it is not very powerful. Had to step quite alot of the accelerator when moving off traffic light to not end up being the last.

Abit expensive compared to the Forester.

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Subaru Outback
4 stars - based on 6 reviews