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2011 Subaru Outback

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2011 Subaru Outback Review

Classic simplicity in an off-roader

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Subaru Outback is a wagon with great ground clearance, superb handling, a spacious cargo area, and superior off road capabilities. Powered by either a 2.5 liter 170 horsepower, 170 pound-feet flat four-cylinder engine or 3.6 liter 256 horsepower, 247 pound-feet flat six-cylinder engine, the Outback offers a choice of a six-speed manual, a five-speed automatic, or a continuously variable transmission. Furthermore, all Subarus come with the car maker's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, aiding in performance and safety in all weather conditions.

With superior fuel efficiency to match its superior performance, the Subaru Outback has an EPA- fuel economy rating in the range of 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway. Dependable, reliable, and competent, the Outlander delivers a quiet, smooth, easy ride on every kind of road condition. The Subaru Outback appeals to the commuter looking for an everyday vehicle as well as the thrill seeker who takes off road excursions. Subaru equips the Outback with a full array of safety features that achieve top ratings.

New for 2011

New for 2011, the Subaru Outback now has a rear vision camera bundled with the Power Moonroof package for the Premium and Limited trims. The rear vision camera includes an auto-dim mirror with Homelink, compass display, and a 3.3-inch hi-resolution display in the mirror. Manual folding mirrors have also been added and trims equipped with Harman Kardon audio now feature XM satellite radio.


Engines: 2.5L H-4, 3.6L H-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission
Body Styles: Wagon
Trims: 2.5i Wagon, 2.5i Limited Wagon, 2.5i Premium Wagon, 3.6 R Wagon, 3.6 R Limited Wagon, 3.6 R Premium Wagon

On the Outside

The Subaru Outback now has a new color, Caramel Bronze Pearl, which replaces Harvest Gold Metallic. Ruby Red Pearl, previously only available on the Legacy and Tribeca, is now available on the Outback as well.

From the Inside

Subaru is now offering a new Ivory interior to go with the new exterior paint colors.

Driving Performance

The Subaru Outback 2.5i, Limited, and Premium trims all share the same 2.5-liter 170 horsepower, 170 pound-feet flat four-cylinder engine, while the 3.6 R, Limited and Premium trims share the new 3.6-liter 256 horsepower, 247 pound-feet flat six-cylinder engine.

Safety Equipment

The Outback's standard and optional safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, and an all-wheel drive.

Gas Mileage

2.5i: 21-22 mpg city/27-29 mpg highway
2.5i Limited: 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway
2.5i Premium: 19-22 mpg city/27-29 mpg highway
3.6 R: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
3.6 R Limited: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
3.6 R Premium: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway


  • Clean styling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Terrific off-road capability
  • Spacious interior


  • Limited power on some trims
  • A little cheap inside


Classic simplicity in an off-roader

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