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Body style: Wagon (station wagon, estate, combi, touring)
Segment: Crossover

In 2003, Subaru introduced the fourth generation of the Legacy in both shapes, a sedan and a station wagon, and added a crossover version: the Outback.

While other carmakers had to work hard to develop vehicles for the new crossover market, Subaru had all the ingredients to build one and compete for the top-selling charts. Its only serious rival was the Audi A6 Allroad Quattro, which was much more expensive and played mostly in a different league.

The Outback was introduced for the first time on the second Legacy generation under the Legacy-Outback name. Over time, it evolved as a different nameplate in the Japanese carmaker lineup, even though it was based on the Legacy Wagon model. It featured a higher ground clearance and specific plastic moldings on the side, plus a pair of redesigned bumpers. The one in the front sported two large fog-lights. At the lower part, the plastic moldings were left unpainted.

Inside, the front bucket-seats provided good side support. Subaru's designers installed a split-folding bench for up to three passengers in the rear, but with less room for the middle one since a transmission tunnel crossed the station wagon from front to back.

Subaru installed only two engine choices under the hood, with four and six-cylinders boxer engines paired to the Japanese brand's well-known symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Depending on the market and trim level, the carmaker installed manual or automatic transmissions.

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SUBARU Outback 2003 - 2006
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.5L 5MT AWD (165 HP)
  • 3.0L R 5AT AWD (245 HP)
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SUBARU Outback Brochure (US)

SUBARU Outback 2.5L 5MT AWD (165 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 5MT AWD (165 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
2457 cm3
Power
121 KW @ 5600 RPM
165 HP @ 5600 RPM
162 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
167 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
226 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
123 mph (198 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.2 in (4729 mm)
Width
69.7 in (1770 mm)
Height
60.8 in (1544 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
105.1 in (2670 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.2 cuFT (459 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3097.5 lbs (1405 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4321.1 lbs (1960 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
203 g/km

SUBARU Outback 3.0L R 5AT AWD (245 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L R 5AT AWD (245 HP)
Cylinders
B6
Displacement
3000 cm3
Power
180 KW @ 6600 RPM
245 HP @ 6600 RPM
241 BHP @ 6600 RPM
Torque
219 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
297 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.9 gallons (64.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
139 mph (224 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/55 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.2 in (4729 mm)
Width
69.7 in (1770 mm)
Height
60.8 in (1544 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.9/58.5 in (1,496/1,486 mm)
Wheelbase
105.1 in (2670 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.9 in (201 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.2 cuFT (459 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3295.9 lbs (1495 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4541.5 lbs (2060 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.5 mpg US (13.4 L/100Km)
Highway
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
233 g/km
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