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Average Overall Rating:

4.6/5

Value:
4.5/5
Exterior:
4.6/5
Interior:
4.6/5
Comfort:
4.6/5
Performance:
4.4/5
Reliability:
4.7/5

30 of 34 (88%) of consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

Overall Rating:
4/5
Value:
4/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
4/5
Comfort:
3/5
Performance:
4/5
Reliability:
4/5

3 month review -- Good so far!

Reviewed by Steve S
April 15, 2014

I bought this car new in January. I've had a chance to drive in snowy conditions and never once felt my wheels slip. The car has always been firmly planted on the ground. Great feeling! I have the base 2.5i with the additional wheel package with fog lamps. I find the base engine a tad underpowered, but I remind myself that I'm not really in a hurry, and suddenly, it's not so bad. I think the CVT throws me off. From a stoplight, I find that I'm actually accelerating faster than other cars. The engine is a tad loud from a start, but for only a few seconds until the CVT kicks down at speed. No biggie for me! It's very quiet after that initial start up. The CVT has performed flawlessly. It takes some getting used to, but ultimately it works efficiently. My combined mpg has been 25mpg to date. No long road trips; just a typical 70% city / 30% highway mix. Climate controls are no nonsense. I find the heat to work very well. At times, though it really kicks in and I can really feel the heat; not sure why, but on a cold day, I don't care! As long as I'm warm! The A/C works well, too. (More to come this summer!) I have the basic Clarion head unit, with AM/FM/USB/XMRadio and BT-A (bluetooth audio). All work well, except recently my BT-A option has disappeared and I'm still trying to find out why. A trip to the dealership this weekend will hopefully shed some light on that. Bluetooth hands-free phone is flawless though in basic operation. The voice recognition is lacking though, but from what I hear is no surprise with any manufacturer. Storage is excellent. The top-side cross-bars swing out and are sturdy enough to hold light-weight items like a bike or kayak. They do flex, however, so if you're moving some expensive items like a $3000 kayak, you may opt for a Thule or Yakima solution. The factory bars are probably OK though, but don't expect much from Subaru for help making the decision on what choice to make. I find the basic seating (non-powered) to be marginally comfortable. For long road-trips, I may buy supplemental support cushions. This is subjective, though. I was able to lay down completely in the cargo area with rears seats folded; not bad! I'm 5 foot 7". Some basic annoyances: 1. On my car there is at the very far left of the display gauge, a needle that shows MPG. It continually moves up and down to show you if you're driving efficiently or not. I constantly stare at it; so it's distracting to me. However, some folks may find it helpful. 2. The user guide for the radio is not helpful; it only covers the buttons for the various trim levels only. It doesn't suggest any help for my BT-A issue, for example. 3. I test drove a higher trim level last summer with the Eyesight; it worked OK, but was prone to direct sunlight (like sun in your eyes) and shut off. We finally decided to shut it off all together; it sort of got annoying after a while with warnins, etc. Some things I really like: 1. The look! Very functional. 2. Reliability so far 3. Simple and no nonsense 4. Not laden down with too many bells and whistles, but still has all the basics. I do wish I would have dropped coin on getting a rear camera, tough. 5. Interior workmanship; very nice seams, well fitting plastics. Some folks complain about soft plastics, etc, but I don't "feel up" my car, so who's to know? That's about it. Just my two cents on the lowest trim level. Most reviewers cover only the highest trim level, so you get a biased viewpoint. I definitely would recommend this car to someone like me who wants functionality over looks at a good price. I hope this helps!

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
5/5
Exterior:
4/5
Interior:
4/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
4/5
Reliability:
4/5

Six is the Charm

Reviewed by Six time Subaru owner
April 07, 2014

Subaru offers great value for the money. Full time all wheel drive, good ergonomics and reliable all weather performance. Dealer at Manchester NH Subaru was pleasant and efficient. My sixth Subie in twenty years - if they've fixed the bad head gasket problem then I recommend Subaru!

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
5/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
5/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
5/5

Love my Subaru Outback

Reviewed by First time Subaru Buyer
March 20, 2014

Comfort, style, and performance is great. I used to drive another SUV so the gas mileage has been incredible - really noticeable increase. So far I am very happy with my purchase

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
4/5
Value:
5/5
Exterior:
4/5
Interior:
4/5
Comfort:
4/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
4/5

First 1000 miles

Reviewed by RickSRL
March 10, 2014

Just rolled the first thousand on my 2014 3.6R Outback. Drove the 2.5 and found the power some what lacking. The extra power the six cylinder provides is impressive. My short trip average is 18 MPG. Not great, but with all wheel drive, I think it is okay. Excellent in the snow, I have no fear of unplowed parking lots. All the controls seem well placed and are easy to use. Sound system is good and I like putting my music on a flash drive and being able to navigate the content with the steering wheel controls. Dual zone climate control works well and you have to love those heated seats! Obviously haven't used the A/C or the sunroof yet. If they are as good everything else, no worries. Other nice stuff, back up camera, adjustable roof rails, Bluetooth, and cargo room. Two things I find lacking. The fan for the climate control seems way loud on full power, really got to crank up the volume to compensate. Really wish when you unlock the rear hatch , it would pop up, even just a little. Would make loading a lot easier. The wife's '06 Accord trunk does that. All around, feels solid. Haven't tossed into any corners yet, but it seems like it will do well. Drive both the 2.5 and the 3.6, and decide.

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
5/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
5/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
5/5

Outstanding value

Reviewed by Hip Grandma
March 02, 2014

Purchased this car for a cross-country trip with my grandchildren. Each time I drive it, I discover another useful feature. The comfort in the back seat - air, music - was especially important. Only drawback was that, at low fuel, the indicator on the dashboard dropped the miles remaining quicker than the actual miles driven. Other than that (easily compensated for) the car is a dream.

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
5/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
5/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
5/5

Looking for an exellent product

Reviewed by Practical owner
February 27, 2014

All you need to do is drive one and do some research on the product your about to buy. That's what I did and we really love it!!

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
3/5
Value:
3/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
5/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
1/5
Reliability:
3/5

Terrible mileage

Reviewed by unhappy owner
February 21, 2014

My new 2014 Outback is getting much less than 0 miles to the gallon, my old Outback 2010 is getting much better mileage. The car does not seem to shift out of 1st gear. I don't know what is causing this. The dealer said neither of the cars change gears. Then why is the old one getting 5 miles a gallon better mileage?

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: NO

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
4/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
5/5
Comfort:
5/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
5/5

great all purpos vehicle

Reviewed by JC
February 21, 2014

After reviewing several AWD vehicles, the Outback most suited my demands. It has a proven record of reliability and trade in value. The dealership I bought it from bent over backwards in helping me purchase this vehicle. I'm more than satisfied with this purchase.

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
5/5
Exterior:
4/5
Interior:
4/5
Comfort:
4/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
5/5

first time Subaru owner

Reviewed by dog lover
February 16, 2014

We love the car. GREAT gas mileage beyond what we were expecting. This is our first Subaru but I imagine it will not be our last! I like the seat warmers. I love the pick up power when I have to pass another car. It's easy to drive, easy to park. I can take my three large dogs with me.

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

Overall Rating:
5/5
Value:
4/5
Exterior:
5/5
Interior:
5/5
Comfort:
4/5
Performance:
5/5
Reliability:
5/5

size

Reviewed by CUBAN
February 14, 2014

I LIKE MOST EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS WAGON BUT THE SIZE. I FIND IT SMALL FOR ME. I THINK THAT THE NEXT TIME I WILL GO FOR THE TRIBECA

I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES

 

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