OK, so far we've concluded the fact that the Subaru Outback doesn't belong in areas with busy traffic, so let's establish if it proves to be a comfortable partner for a long journey. Well, this is bit debatable. If on the journey you're about to embark there aren't many gas stations, your comfort-influenced areas (like your patience, for example) might have to suffer. The reason for this is Subaru's choice for using an “underfed” gas tank, which proves to be a bit too small for a car as thirsty as this.
Otherwise, the (ecological) leather filled interior and the good-enough array of options (6 CD-changer AND cassette player, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, wood inserts on the center console and a huge glass sunroof which is also electrically-operated) provide enough “candy” to your senses so as to feel as comfortable as possible. Sure, the Outback is no Rolls Royce but it's way above of what a decent commuter car could cater for its passengers.
The suspension setup favors carefree traveling on anything from badly paved roads to gravel without sacrificing passenger comfort or the car's behavior on the thin limit between fun driving and “oh my God we're going to crash!”. The only major thorn we could find was the acoustic comfort being a little threatened at highway speeds by the ever present wind noise.Continue reading