2005 Subaru Outback

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Subaru Outback. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • AWD operation
  • Seat comfort
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Ground clearance

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Limited offroad capability
  • No low-range gearing

Notable Features of the 2005 Subaru Outback

  • Redesigned Outback for 2005
  • Legacy-based construction for Outback
  • Impreza-based construction for Outback Sport
  • New turbocharged 2.5 XT Outback model
  • Four- or six-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Additional ground clearance

2005 Outback Video

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Latest 2005 Outback Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Outstanding driving experience

by Gio from Bethesda, MD on September 24, 2018

Safe and reliable wagon for a kayak sportsman as I am. This LL Bean edition has excellent and durable leather interior, but the diver and front passenger seats are designed for rather small butts and ... Read full review

(1.0)

LL bean Specialty Edition - Trouble!!

by De from Greensburg on August 8, 2018

This car is shot at less than 130k. Replacement parts are expensive and hard to find. Engine is a cumbersome work on, so I've been told by three mechanics. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Subaru Outback currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Subaru Outback has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Outback received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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