On any “useful toys” list about a Subaru Outback from this generation there are a few things that are bound to be mentioned. First are the frameless door windows, which aren't exactly a toy or a gadget but can really change the perception about the car you're driving. Second, and most important according to us, is the huge glass sunroof. The amount of “happy light” that it can bring without any currents to blow your toupee away is priceless.
Since we're talking about a Subaru here, the list of gadgets and little electronic gimmicks isn't that long, and the ones that are present aren't exactly groundbreaking. There's a decent audio system with a CD-changer which can swallow up to six CDs and that can be operated from the steering wheel, electrically heated and motorized front seats, and that's about it. The very cool SI-Drive wasn't yet implemented when the car was made and you can only find it on the facelifted Outback/Legacy models, from 2006 onwards.
The list of things missing is rather long on the other hand. As mentioned before, there are no parking sensors (not even as an option), no multi-zone climate control, the electrically operated and heated exterior mirrors have to be folded manually, we could have used a rain sensor, the cassette player is kind of obsolete unless you have Amish beliefs and the mirrors aren't providing much cover from the headlights behind you at night.Continue reading