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So Good We Bought 2

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 7/28/2015 Joe P

Had a 2013 Outback that was loved by all and performed well. It had a stiff ride though, handling was just OK and the interior was so so. The 2015 is a night and day improvement...... to the point we went back and bought a 2nd. Ride quality is supreme and the power-train is quiet and smooth. The 2.5 engine has plenty of pep for most uses and the CVT is really well tuned for around town and highway use. MPG is as advertised. Handling is surprisingly agile. The height of vehicle will always limit its sportiness but I am shocked out much I can hustle the car through back roads. Steering in precise and road grip is abundant. Back road gravel/dirt roads are handled like a champ and X mode helps when going down steep muddy declines. The car will control braking and throttle so you only need to steer. No experience with snow yet. The 2013 performed well but the tires that come with the outback are crappy for winter use. I would suggest upgraded all seasons or dedicated winter tires/rims. The interior is plush and well fitted with solid materials front to back. The tan interior now comes with black door sills and door trim which hides all the dirt. Love the auto/auto front driver/passenger windows but i wish they would just make all 4 of them auto. The cloth is grippy and well made unlike the last gen cloth. Cargo storage under the hatch floor has been decreased which is sort of a bummer but there is now more room in the rest of the car. Get the accessory cargo nets as they are a real help.The power lift gate is super handy but i wish you could operate it manually. The premium trim stereo is no show stopper but when the EQ settings are tuned correctly it pumps out pretty decent sound for all genres. Hopefully they bundle the harmon kardon unit into one of the premium trim option packages down the road.The roof rack now has tie down hooks which are great for gear and im really liking the steps that are integrated into the door sills for an easy step up to the roof. IIHS safety scores are top notch and reliability flawless. Skip the hype of honda/toyota and grab a subie.

Average Rating : 5

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