|Midsize car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $10,250 – $32,400*|
2010 Subaru Outback front
2010 Subaru Outback rear
2010 Subaru Outback interior
2010 Subaru Outback
Subaru’s Outback is a well-rounded combination of midsize car, station wagon, and sport-utility attributes. Engine noise and refinement are concerns, particularly with the CVT automatic, but 2.5i models compensate by providing surprisingly good fuel economy. The roomy cabin is a bonus. Some similar-in-concept competitors ultimately feel compromised by trying to be too many things at once, but this is a pleasant and capable wagon. Car loyalists, crossover intenders, and even those searching for an SUV that’s at least mildly off-road-capable will find a lot to like in this wagon.
Redesigned for 2010, the Subaru Outback gained freshened styling, a revised model lineup, and a new six-cylinder engine. Like the related Legacy sedan, this midsize wagon was about 3 inches wider and longer in wheelbase than the 2009 Outback. Two engines and six models were offered, all with horizontally opposed engines and standard all-wheel drive. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, and 2.5i Limited had a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission was standard on 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves like an automatic was optional on those two and standard on the 2.5i Limited. The top-line 3.6R, 3.6R Premium, and 3.6R Limited got a new 256-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that teamed with a five-speed automatic. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front-side airbags. A wireless cell-phone link was standard on Limiteds and optional on all other Outbacks. Heated front seats were optional on 2.5 Premium and standard on 2.5i Limited, 3.6R Premium, and 3.6R Limited. Leather upholstery was standard on Limiteds, while a navigation system was optional. Rivals to the Outback included the Kia Rondo, Mazda 5, and Volvo XC70.
A rearview camera was newly available on Premium versions. Otherwise, Subaru’s Outback was largely unchanged following its redesign for the 2010 model year.
There were only minor trim changes to the 2012 Subaru Outback.
All 2013 Outbacks wore new front-end styling with redesigned headlights, grille, and bumper. There was also a reinforced body structure, and a revised roof rack system. Four-cylinder-powered 2.5i models received a new, more-powerful engine and a revised continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaved much like an automatic. The standard audio system added a Bluetooth hands-free cell-phone link and audio streaming, iPod control capability, and a USB port. 2.5i models included steering wheel control buttons for the Bluetooth functions. Limited models could be equipped with a harmon/kardan audio system with navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and rearview camera. Newly available was Subaru’s EyeSight saftey system with pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, sway warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Changes were minor for the 2014 Outbacks. Versions with the CVT transmission received adaptive transmission control that the company claimed resulted in smoother performance and response. Also, the optional navigation system now included Aha-based smartphone connectivity.