Subaru first introduced the Outback wagon as a trim on its Legacy lineup in 1995. It remained so until 2000, when it was initially released on its own and has continued to expand since then. In 2001, the Outback extended its line with the L.L. Bean Edition, VDC wagons, and a Limited sedan. The new versions were 3.0-liter, six-cylinder vehicles with four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions and 212 horsepower (hp).
The Subaru Outback is known as a more interesting take on traditional sport utility vehicles (SUVs), boasting all their capabilities and more. The Outback is a worthy selection among the competition.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter V-4, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Subaru Outback 2.5i, Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited, Subaru Outback 2.5 XT, Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited, Subaru Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition, Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Edition, Subaru Outback 3.0 R Sedan
The 2005 Outback includes such major improvements as a more powerful H6 motor, a turbo-charged engine, more stylish interiors, and higher ground clearance.
The 2.5i and 2.5i Limited trims have 16-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, a roof rack, cargo tie-downs, rear wipers, and a rear spoiler. The 2.5 XT and 2.5 XT Limited feature 17-inch alloy wheels, rear wipers, and a spoiler. The 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition model and 3.0 R VDC Edition are the same as the XT, but have a power glass sunroof. The 3.0 R Sedan also has a glass sunroof.
The Subaru Outback 2.5i features front cloth bucket seats and leather seats in the 2.5i Limited. Other features include a driver’s seat with eight-way power, multi-level heating, and lumbar support, a front storage console, split-folding back seats, remote power locks, windows and mirrors with heat, power steering, cruise control, overhead console storage, an external temperature display, remote trunk release, air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, six speakers, and two power outlets (front and rear).
The 2.5i Limited includes a leather steering wheel and shift knob, a trip computer, and a clock. The 2.5 XT has cloth sport front seats, while the 2.5 XT Limited features an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a four-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, both of which are outfitted in leather and include heating and lumbar support. The 2.5 XT Limited also includes a leather steering wheel and shift knob, trunk release, a trip computer, a center armrest in rear, turn signals in mirrors, an AM/FM radio, and a six-CD player with six speakers.
The 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition and 3.0 R VDC Edition add a compass, a rear electrochromatic mirror, dual-zone climate control, and a steering wheel with audio controls. The 3.0 R VDC Edition model includes MP3 capability. The 3.0 R Sedan has front leather bucket seats and rear seating with pass-through armrests.
The upscale VDC featured a power glass sunroof, leather bucket seats, an eight-way driver’s seat with heat and lumbar support, simulated wood on the doors, dash and center console, leather on the steering wheel and shift knob, a cargo net and more. The 2005 Subaru Outback has all of these features, and additional all-wheel drive, a turbo version of the 2.5-liter engine, and almost every power feature that a driver could want.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Subaru Outback is offered in seven trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Limited, 2.5 XT, 2.5 XT Limited, 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition, 3.0 R VDC Edition and 3.0 R Sedan. The 2.5i and 2.5i Limited have 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines and five-speed manual transmissions with 168 hp. The 2.5 XT and 2.5 XT Limited have 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines have 250 hp. The 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition model, 3.0 R VDC Edition, and 3.0 R Sedan have 250 hp.
The Outback wagon provides a balanced ride and is easy to handle. As expected, the V-6 offers an extra oomph of power over the flat-four, making the 3.0 editions quicker off the mark. Steering is responsive and stability is good on winding roads. These vehicles have increased ground clearance for better off-road capability.
The 2.5i and 2.5i Limited trims have front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted bags, disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, head restraints with whiplash protection, rear door child safety locks and remote anti-theft alarm. The 2.5 XT and 2.5 XT Limited add an engine immobilizer, and the 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition and 3.0 R VDC Edition include tire pressure monitoring. The 3.0 R VDC Edition has a universal remote transmitter for a garage door or security system, and stability and traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Outback 2.5i: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback 2.l5XT: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Subaru Outback 2.5 Limited, V-6 sedan: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Quality interior features
- Powerful V-6 engines
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Subaru wagons and sedans are sturdy vehicles with a long list of additional features, making them ideal family vehicles or off-road explorers.
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