(4.5) 32 reviews
MSRP: $4,359$14,067
Body Style: Wagon
Combined MPG: 20-23
Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2008 Subaru Outback

Our Take on the 2008 Subaru Outback

Our Take

Subaru restyled its two midsize cars, the Legacy and Outback, for 2007. The Outback's makeover is milder than that of the Legacy, as it doesn't affect much beyond the front. Tweaks include a slightly modified interior, as well as an upgraded automatic transmission with steering-wheel pa... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Limited offroad capability
  • No low-range gearing
  • Interior not as luxurious as some competitors

Notable Features

  • Slightly modified front styling
  • Standard AWD
  • Sedan or wagon body styles
  • Three available engines


Our Expert Reviews

The newest version of the popular Subaru Outback has arrived for 2008. This is the continuation of the vehicle introduced for 1995 and billed by Subaru as the world's first sport utility wagon. The Outback was ahead of its time, as it's now clear that it was the first true crossover utility vehicle - despite Toyota's claim to have created that genre with the 1996 introduction of ... Read full review for the 2008 Subaru Outback

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Consumer Reviews


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Tremendous Value

by Geno from Placerville, CA on May 13, 2011

I bought an '08 Outback with 49K miles, partly for the AWD aspect since we live in the mountains and get snow and a lot of rain. What's really impressed me is the comfort, which I would rank with the ... Read Full Review

7 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition

Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5 i L.L. Bean Edition

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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