The best thing about the Subaru Outback is its outdoor capability. You can fill it up with fishing gear and hit the pond by yourself, cramp the rear with skis/snowboards and hit the slopes with your friends or take your whole family to the desert and kill them (just kidding on the last part, don't get any ideas). The main is that it has space for almost anything (and more) and haul it on almost any terrain.
Our main quarrel with the car is that it might have better deserved a diesel (not available in the Subaru range at the time it was built) or at least a more torquey engine to help maneuver it around town without making too much room in your wallet everytime you pull at the gas station. The automatic transmission is also NOT one of its strong points. Like we've said earlier, the Outback 3.0 R is ALMOST a go-anywhere vehicle, as long as the “anywhere” part doesn't include any crowded traffic.
We can't make up our mind about the ugliest thing about it. Apart from the high fuel consumption, its inability to fall into any category can be either good or bad. It's not your regular family-friendly station wagon but it isn't a nuke-the-whales SUV either. Although we've been a little reticent about the whole crossover business at start, the Outback is one of the cars that can really change your expectations. Continue reading