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2007 Subaru Outback

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2007 Subaru Outback Review

Great choice for a wagon that acts like a sport utility vehicle.

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Like so many of Subaru’s other offerings, the 2007 Outback is considered to be an excellent choice for those looking for performance, safety, and appeal rolled into one car. With plenty of body style and trim level options, these cars are easy to fit into just about any lifestyle and are frequently sought out by young families and professionals. High safety ratings, competitive fuel economy, and recently updated body design all make this a popular choice. This car also features high-quality materials and good design in the cabin. Overall, the 2007 Subaru Outback is a stylish option that offers car comfort with sport utility vehicle (SUV) handling and off-road driving capabilities.

The Range

Body Styles: Wagon, Sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Outback wagon 2.5i basic, Outback wagon 2.5i, Outback wagon 2.5i L.L. Bean, Outback wagon 2.5i Limited, Outback wagon 2.5i Limited L.L. Bean, Outback wagon XT Limited, Outback wagon 3.0 R L.L. Bean, Outback sedan 2.5i Limited, Outback sedan 3.0 R L.L. Bean

What's New

There are various changes made to the 2007 Subaru Outback for this model year. The company adds a basic wagon to the lineup for this year. Halfway through the 2007 model year, Subaru releases two L.L. Bean trim level options in the sedan and wagon body styles. These trim levels feature the basic 2.5-liter engine with a navigation system. MP3 player input jacks and CD stereos are added to all models. For this model year, with the exception of the basic wagon, all Outback editions are given tire pressure monitors and a new flywheel design to help smooth the shifts on the manual transmission models.


In any form, the 2007 Subaru Outback is designed to look good. The wagon and sedan body styles are set high off the ground and easily handle snow or light off-road driving. Now in its third generation, the Outback body style gives way to modern tastes and is sleek with somewhat angular lines. Depending on the trim level selected, the Outback’s paint is two toned or monochromatic.


The interior of the 2007 Subaru Outback is well-designed and constructed with high-quality materials. The controls are well placed and easy to use and see. The biggest complaint is the back seat; it can be a tight fit for many adults due to its small size and limited leg and foot room. On the bright side, it does fit car seats rather well though and is a good choice for young families. The Outback offers 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, while the space jumps a bit when the back seat is laid down to 66 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Subaru Outback is designed to run well in almost any driving situation. It covers terrain smoothly and can blow away the crossover SUV competition in terms of off-road capabilities. Corners and turns are no problem either. With the base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine power, it can be lacking a bit but can be remedied with either the turbocharged four-cylinder or the H6 six-cylinder motors.


The 2007 Subaru Outback is well known for its safety features and has done well on all of the industry’s and government’s safety testing. Head restraints designed to reduce whiplash are standard for the front seats as are front seat side airbags and full length side curtain airbags. All of the 2007 Subaru Outback editions are equipped with anti-lock brakes as well. The XT and 3.0 R L.L. Bean editions are the only ones equipped with stability control, however.

EPA Fuel Economy

Outback 2.5-liter four-cylinder: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Outback 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Outback three-liter six-cylinder: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Well-built
  • High-quality materials
  • Performs well in snow and light off-road conditions
  • Excellent power from engine choices
  • Smooth ride and good handling

You Won't Like

  • Poor performance with automatic transmission
  • Stability control only available on the higher trim levels
  • Small backseat

Sum Up

Great choice for a wagon that acts like a sport utility vehicle.

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