Don't Overpay for Your 2016 Subaru Outback!
Average Overall Rating:
1 of 1 (100%) of consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
Reviewed by Jedediah
August 25, 2015
I've owned a great many cars in my lifetime--my new Outback 3.6 R Limited being my 40th, but others have included numerous Mercedes, Jaguars, Fords, Lincolns, VWs, Cadillacs, Chryslers, Nissans, Alfa Romeos and yes, a few other Subarus. I've always found Subaru to be a reassuring ride--solid, dependable, and able to go anywhere under even the worst of weather conditions. They're cars you can trust. But unless you've been driving one of their WRXs or WRX Stis, excitement was probably not a word that came to mind when tooling around picking up groceries, mulch, and ferrying dogs about on joy rides. Even my 2011 Outback 3.6 R. Limited, which has been my "go to" car in monsoons and blizzards, was comfortable, reliable, roomy, and quick enough, but exciting? Meh. The new 2016 Outback, however, is a breed apart. It's new CVT transmission is smooth and, not having any gears, doesn't "hunt" for the right one when accelerating or decelerating. The suspension and frame are much tauter than the 2011, and an improved stability control system has changed the Outback's cornering from a top-heavy wallow into a reasonably able and predictable handler. The 3.6 liter 254 horse engine is the same as in the 2011, though slightly slower than its predecessor, owing to more weight and the coupling with the CVT transmission---but still good for a 7-second 0-60, and a top end of 139 mph. Technology is where the 2016 really shines. The Eyesight system with adaptive cruise control and emergency braking is startlingly effective. Set your speed and distance from the car in front of you on a highway and the Outback maintains it. If the car in front comes to a complete halt, the Outback stops safely behind it. If someone pulls in front, it readjusts to maintain distance from them. Employ the lane monitor, and the car will gently adjust steering to remain between striped lines as well. Have Pandora on your phone? It's on your Nav screen, with all controls to like, dislike, skip songs, etc. No more fumbling to train your playlist. Front and rear seats are heated and all recline. There is also slightly more luggage space and rear seat leg room. The front bucket seats also have a longer cushion to support legs for tall folks. Even the gas mileage has edged up a tad, thanks to the CVT. As I said before, I've owned a lot of cars, and many of them I quite loved, but the new Outback is head and shoulders above most of them, and dare I say it--even bordering on exciting to drive.
I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES
*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.