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2004 Subaru Outback

  • 2004 Subaru Outback Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      212/210
    • ENGINE
      3.0L H6
    • MSRP
      $28,920
  • 2004 Subaru Outback Base Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $24,270
  • 2004 Subaru Outback Limited Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $26,720
  • 2004 Subaru Outback Limited Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $27,820
  • 2004 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean Edition Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      212/210
    • ENGINE
      3.0L H6
    • MSRP
      $30,420
  • 2004 Subaru Outback Sport Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $20,020
  • 2004 Subaru Outback VDC Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      212/210
    • ENGINE
      3.0L H6
    • MSRP
      $31,120
  • 2004 Subaru Outback VDC Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      212/210
    • ENGINE
      3.0L H6
    • MSRP
      $32,620
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2004 Subaru Outback Review

Versatility and fun for the whole family.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Subaru Outback is popular with families due to its ample cargo space reputation for safety. Furthermore, 2004 saw the celebration of Subaru’s 35th year, and with that celebration came the 2004 Subaru Outback offering a vast assortment of models to choose from. This variety of models helps make the 2004 Subaru Outback an attractive option. There is a wagon and sedan along with limited edition models made for the anniversary year. This, along with the 22/29 mpg city/highway fuel economy and superior safety ratings make it a popular choice.

The Range

Body styles: sedan, station wagon
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Subaru Outback Wagon, Subaru Outback Limited Wagon, Subaru Outback H-6 3.0 35th Anniversary Edition, Subaru Outback H-6 3.0 L.L. Bean Edition, Subaru Outback H-6 3.0 VDC, Subaru Outback Sedan Limited, Subaru Outback H-6 3.0, Subaru Outback H-6 3.0 VDC

What's New

In addition to having several limited models for the 35th anniversary of the company, which have some added wheel designs and fender badges, there is also the addition of red Burl interior trim as well as brown leather on the brake handle, steering wheel and shifter handle in both the L.L. Bean and Limited models. The six-cylinder models also get new 16-inch wheels.

Exterior

The 2004 Subaru Outback wagons have an overall body length of 187.4 inches and a wheel base of 104.3 inches. The wagons sit on 16-inch tires and have alloy wheels. The sedan differs only slightly with an overall length of 184.4 inches and a wheelbase of 104.3 inches. Standard are intermittent windshield wipers, intermittent rear wipers, a rear defogger, roof rack, and fog lights. Models above the base model have power glass sunroof and/or a power glass rear sunroof.

Interior

The 2004 Subaru Outback models have many standard features including bucket front seats with a six-way power driver seat. The driver also has the convenience of cruise control and adjustable tilt steering and power steering. The interior has simulated wood trim on the dash and doors. Rear seating features a split-folding seatback. Convenience can be found in the standard amenities such as a front storage console, overhead storage console, front seatback storage, front and rear cup holders and 12-volt outlets in both the front and rear of the car. Remote power door locks, power mirrors and one-touch power windows complete the convenience standards. Air-conditioning front reading lights, a cargo area light, dual illuminating vanity mirrors and front, rear and cargo floor mats are also standard. An in-dash CD player with four speakers completes the standard features on the 2004 Subaru Outback. Interior options are added to with the special edition models including such features as heated passenger and driver seats, six-way adjustable driver seats, leather interior, heated mirrors a six CD player with nine speakers, and a subwoofer.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Subaru Outback has a 2.5-liter, 165 horsepower engine in the base wagon and a 3.0-liter, 212-horsepower engine in the VDC sedan and wagon as well as in the L.L. Bean Edition wagon. The full time all-wheel drive in the vehicle and standard limited slip rear differential make the drive pleasant and the transition from driving in the city to the country a smooth one. It can handle some tough weather and driving conditions but should not be considered an off-road vehicle as it is not equipped with the proper low range gears that off-road vehicles have installed. It has power with a generous 22/29 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating that makes it popular with families on a budget. The ride is quiet and smooth in both the city and the country due to an excellent suspension system.

Safety

The safety features of the 2004 Outback Subaru earned five stars in front crash testing and five stars in the side impact front and side impact rear ratings. Rollover rating garnered four stars. Other safety features include available dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors and child safe rear door locks, daytime running lights, auto delay off headlamps, front fog/driving lights, remote anti-theft alarm system, two front and three rear headrests, stability control, traction control, emergency interior seatback release, engine mobilization and electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru Outback Base Wagon Five-Speed Manual: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback Base Wagon Four-Speed Automatic: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback Limited Five-Speed Manual: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback Limited Four-Speed Automatic: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback H6-3.0 Anniversary Edition: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback Sedan Limited: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback Sedan H6-3.0: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Versatility
  • Large selection of models
  • Comfortable in the city, performs in the country

You Won't Like

  • Poor power performance in four-cylinder models
  • Upscale models are expensive

Sum Up

Versatility and fun for the whole family.

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