Subaru Outback's biggest potential can be discovered in the wilderness. OK, not really, but outside any city is just fine. Apart from the horrific fuel economy, this is one of the few cars which you can call “perfect vacation vehicle”, no matter where you are going. For one thing, there's plenty of space inside for a regular 2+2 family and all their stuff to be hauled. Second, Subaru's “Symetrical All Wheel Drive” can get you out of all kinds of driving situations, be it on or off the road.
Mainly because of the rather slow-thinking automatic transmission, the 8.5 seconds required to go from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) are a pretty long time considering we're talking about an AWD car with 245 hp. Also, to achieve those kinds of times you have to put the transmission in Sport mode.
Highway driving is very relaxed and the massive ride height doesn't prove to be burdensome on the twisties either, making the Outback a very decent compromise between car-like handling and SUV capabilities. The long front and rear overhangs aren't helping its otherwise great offroading ability but the car can go through some pretty hardcore terrain, thanks to its 20 centimeter ride height and all wheel drive.
The lifted suspension is a bit wobbly and non-Subaru-like, especially at high speeds, but the car remains a good touring performer. The wind noise on the other hand can be pretty harsh on the ears during highway driving, which can make a longer trip a bit uncomfortable unless you have a nice chat partner(s) with you or brought a lot of music CDs.
There are two reasons for this. First, the Outback's overall shape is that of a lifted wagon, which is an inherent enemy of aerodynamic forces acting on the car. Second, one of the “cool reasons” for buying the car not only helps looks but it's also a turn-off because of the wind noise: frameless door windows.
On the whole, the car's main feature are to be found outdoors, whether it's driving to a ski resort or hitting the beach with your surfing buddies. As out-of-the-ordinary it might look (and behave) in the city streets, we can unanimously say that the Subaru Outback was born to perform outside populated areas.Continue reading
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Driving a Subaru Outback is definitely piece of cake, even for the blondest female drivers ever! Thanks to its automatic gearbox, taking a ride becomes as easy as cooking refrigerated food at the microwave oven. So, if good cooks are those who make spaghetti with ketchup, then excellent drivers are those who only press the gas and brake pedal, after previously putting the gearshift into drive mode.
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