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Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback was first introduced in 1995 as a station wagon with beefed-up, SUV-like styling and a two-tone paint job. The first Outback was very much like the Legacy L wagon it was based on, but it had a special trim to it. However, the model on the roads today is much more differentiated from its humble Legacy roots.

The 1996 model year brought about the introduction of the "real" Outback, with a lifted stance and more differentiation, such as a hood scoop and large fog lights. This was also the first year, which the Outback started sporting the 2.5-liter engine that ran on premium fuel (later retuned to run on regular); this was still an alien concept. The engine came equipped with automatic transmission. The manual transmission version initially came with the 2.2-liter engine and had a hill holder clutch.

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The Limited Outback was introduced in 1997. The sedan version of the car, the Outback sports utility sedan (SUS), was available only in small numbers. The engine was tweaked in 1997 and had 10 additional horsepower compared to the prior year to 165 horsepower total. In addition, the vehicle ran on regular fuel and not only the premium variant. The manual transmission used the 2.5-liter engine as well. The hill-holder clutch was discontinued in the 1997 versions. All the available variants had the non-functional "hood scoop," which was merely for looks.

About the Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is renowned for its solid stability on various road conditions. The Outback incorporates several popular SUV traits sans their common drawback. However, the Outback has a standard all-wheel drive, in addition to the raised suspension to ensure better stability and improved ground clearance. The exterior and interior styling of the car is gives the car a large amount of detail. The fourth and current generation Outback is most like a crossover SUV.

Whether used or new, the vehicle is a superb contender for shopaholics who are interested in a vehicle that offers plenty of space for everyday versatility and all-season withering. The 1996 to 1998 double-overhead cam 2.5-liter models had issues with blowing head gaskets right around 100,000 miles.

Subaru Outback Features

The 2012 Subaru Outback is a five-seat wagon that comes in six trim levels, 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6 Premium, and 3.6R Limited. The Premium trim level of the 2012 Subaru Outback gets a new sound system, an iPod interface, audio streaming capability, and Bluetooth phone.

The 2012 Outback is an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Beneath the hood of the vehicle’s 2.5i model is a 2.5-liter four cylinder "boxer" engine that can produce 170 lb.-ft. of torque and 170 horsepower. Transmission choices available with the vehicle include a CVT and six-speed manual transmission. The Environmental Protection Agency pegged the fuel economy of the car at 22/29 mpg city/highway. This is at par with most of the all-wheel-drive crossovers.

The Outback 3.6R version comes with the 3.6-liter six-cylinder horizontally opposed engine that offers 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. This variant of the Outback has a five-speed automatic transmission system along with shift paddles. This, in fact, is the only transmission offered for this model.

The 2012 Subaru Outback is equipped with anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, traction and stability control, side curtain airbags covering both rows, and the customary front-side side-impact airbags. In several brake testing procedures, the basic 2.5i model ceased from 60 mph within 133 feet. The 3.6R, by virtue of its large brakes, manages this test within 126 feet.

In the governments more strenuous and new crash tests, the Outback garnered a final rating of four stars among the highest five, with four stars for frontal crash protection and four for side-impact protection. The vehicle achieved the topmost "Good" rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's roof, side, and frontal-offset test.

Subaru Outback Evolution

The 2007 Outlook was an improved version of its earlier model. The Trim levels were revised and the company added an entry-level basic 2.5i version to the lineup. Midway through 2007, the L.L. Bean model was introduced, which comprised of a navigation system and a basic 2.5-liter engine. Besides, all Outbacks were equipped with a WMA/MP3-capable CD stereo. The L.L. Bean version had the SRS WOW technology, which enhanced the sound quality of compressed music. While the engine and technical configuration for most Outback cars remained throughout the preceding years, the XT Limited model had driver-controlled SI-Drive engine system.

The Outback in 2010 was much bigger than any of its predecessors, in all dimensions. However, despite the increased dimensions, the car gained little in terms of weight. The six-cylinder engine was revised to 3.6 liters from 3.0 liters. The horsepower also increased as a result to 256, and the torque went up to 247 lb-ft. Although the vehicle wasn’t much about raw power, it served its intended purpose. The result was a car that was well suited for mild off-road driving.

Select a Subaru Outback Year

2012 Subaru Outback

Midsize, Wagon

It's "stay the course" for the 2012 Outback, Subaru's most popular model. After a redesign for 2010, the only changes for the new model are audio enhancements, and Bluetooth buttons on the steering wheel of Premium models.

2011 Subaru Outback

Midsize, Wagon

A new feature for the 2011 Subaru Outback is a rear vision camera, added to Premium and Limited models, which is bundled with the Power Moonroof package. 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 been added and models equipped with harmon/kardon audio now feature XM satellite radio.

2009 Subaru Outback

Midsize, Wagon

The 2009 Subaru Outback is a midsize wagon that combines the handling of a midsize car with the ground clearance of an SUV.

2008 Subaru Outback

Midsize, Wagon

The 2008 Subaru Outback may be one of the older vehicles in the Subaru line, but it still holds up, even after all these years.

2007 Subaru Outback

Compact, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

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.

2006 Subaru Outback

Compact, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

Introduced as a spruced-up trim for the Subaru Legacy, the Subaru Outback made waves with its debut in 1995.

2005 Subaru Outback

Compact, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

Subaru first introduced the Outback wagon as a trim on its Legacy lineup in 1995.

2004 Subaru Outback

Compact, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The 2004 Subaru Outback is popular with families due to its ample cargo space reputation for safety.

2003 Subaru Outback

Compact, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The Subaru Outback was billed ""The World’s First Sport-Utility Wagon"" in 1996 and the 2003 model outruns the competition in many ways when the pavement disappears.

2002 Subaru Outback

Compact, Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The 2002 Subaru Outback is an offshoot of the popular compact Legacy series.

2000 Subaru Outback

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

One of Subaru’s best-selling models, the 2000 Subaru Outback, offers a rugged take on the traditional station wagon.

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