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.
Honestly, I am not overwhelmed by the incredible easiness of taking your Subaru for a ride and mostly because any automatic thing is so impersonal and faced to unexpected dilemmas, it lets you down pathetically. In case you wonder how, try to slow it down after opening out the throttle on the highway and you'll be surprised to discover that all you learnt in driving school is now history: who says you cannot be in 5th gear while having only 40 km/h on the speedometer? And more importantly, who says changing gears is a must when you can travel with 50 km/h and still be in 1st gear?
Forget about theory, Subaru is teaching you valuable lessons: everything's possible with its automatic gearbox. Also, the sensation of not using your left leg at all seems pretty handicapping to me. So, let's see: we have one lame leg, a forgetful transmission and the possibility to change gears in case you insist, but only as in computer games. Am I driving or am I playing? But don't get me wrong: I am not an automatic gearbox hater! I'm just skeptical and Subaru didn't pass the test at this chapter.
And now let's get inside the cave, a friendly one though. Comfortable enough to take a nap behind the wheel when you're pulled over on the right but not roomy enough for luggage addicts. So, if you plan to set for a longer journey and you choose a Subaru Outback as means of transportation, you'd better not pack you entire house for the cargo space is not large enough for extremes. Also storage space on driver's door is way too tiny for a lady bagging her handkerchiefs, make-up box and other requisites in it.
Not to mention the struggle to sneak your delicate hand below the closed handle to reach whatever you need while driving. Freaking nightmare when you think you couldn't reach your desired target or worse, you might even remain blocked in that tight space. Not smartly designed or at least, a storage space that is not made for... storing rather than for abstract art's sake.
But so long with black balls regarding the interior for the baby has something to be really proud of: an intelligent sunroof. You'd swear it reads your thoughts despite its lack of... life. And my thought was terrible: can I breathe some fresh air, preferably coming from above but not getting sick at the same time because of the air draft? And the sunroof said yes... Amazing! Seriously now, it consists of two windows that cannot be opened simultaneously so that one of them protects the passengers from feeling the air draft forming when driving high speeds.
Still at the interior chapter, good news for the clumsy... not that you were one of them, by the way. But, by pure coincidence, completely unintentionally and purely involuntarily, during night-time, while struggling to put the key into contact, there are 99% chances to come across one small light, illuminating only that specific area just to make sure you don't miss... the hole. Really useful though when you think about those dark nights, away from the city, with no lights around and no sign of civilization at all... In case you don't do such routes, the light is also useful for city traveling under the shadow of the night...
Mirror, mirror, sweet mirror, show me who's the coolest girl in town? A large enough vanity mirror for ladies who play make-up artists' role by the traffic lights and good visibility in both the rear view mirror and in side glasses. Only the good for this chapter. But what about women's most hated things about cars? Parking? Wrong answer... but now that I mentioned this delicate section, for the Subaru Outback I'd rather use two parking spaces instead of one. And cut it off with the critics! Women don't park badly, it's the car that doesn't fit!
Coming back at things that drive women mad, let's consider refueling the Subaru Outback. Not a big deal actually, just pulling the right button when getting down the car and Sesame opens! Once you have your fuel tank door opened, refueling becomes a kids game and if you're attentive enough you can do it in no time! Since we're at unwanted-things-by-women chapter, let's speak about changing a tire. Although in reality changing a tire for a woman is as baffling as being left alone in the middle of nowhere during night-time, some ladies might be daring enough to assume the performance.
Yet, when it comes to changing a tire for Subaru, it's like being left alone in the middle of nowhere, during night time with a rock hanging from your neck. The wheels seem way too heavy for the delicate ladies, so, to my mind, it's not even worth trying. And now let's debate a little the icky sensation when opening the bonnet and the trunk. Not very intuitive the button opening the bonnet, useless to speak about getting it up. The freshly painted nails of a respectful lady have nothing to search there, believe me!
Not only difficult and time-wasting until you find the right direction to push the tricky button, but also when the treasure is revealed a big ha! for the car-makers! Lousy, lousy, lousy and I can say it a thousand times more! Honestly, how can you use an old-school system (such as in my grandpa's car) for keeping the bonnet up? Come on, we're speaking about evolution here... Speaking about museum pieces, a glove compartment that's not refrigerated in this century? As for the trunk, easy to open, burden to get it up. No further comments, your Honor.
It's always nice to drive while the sun's shining in the windscreen but what if storm strikes when not expected? Speaking about Subaru screen wipers', only two things are worth mentioning: quite intuitive for the rear wiper but are you kidding me with those tiny strings of windscreen liquid for the back window? The Subaru Outback is also exclusivist. Single mothers or mothers... in general, forget about purchasing this car even if you truly like it! The right-passenger airbag cannot be deactivated, so no more baby seats near you! Really unpleasant...
Overall, despite the few pros, I would definitely not stab my high heels into it!