20 reviews
2009 Subaru Outback
2009 Subaru Outback
Available Price Range $6,187-$14,887 Trims4 Combined MPG 20-23 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Subaru Outback

Our Take

Subaru sells two midsize cars, the Legacy sedan and Outback wagon, both with all-wheel drive. The Outback competes with the Volkswagen Passat wagon, Volvo V50 and Toyota Venza; at the high end, it also could take on Volvo's XC70.An electronic stability system is now standard. All trims but t... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Limited offroad capability
  • Interior not as luxurious as some competitors
  • Inconvenient window controls
  • Obstructed rear visibility
  • Unenthusiastic four-cylinder acceleration

Notable Features

  • Standard AWD
  • Wagon body style
  • Three available engines
  • Stability system now standard
  • No more L.L.Bean edition

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

The wagon that arguably created the crossover utility vehicle segment, the Subaru Outback, chugs into 2009 as one of the stalwarts among the modern, compact family haulers.With a makeover just last year, the '09 Outback continues the theme that the Japanese automaker introduced with the first model, for 1995, billed as the world's first sport utility wagon.The term "crossover" hadn&ap... Read full review for the 2009 Subaru Outback

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Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 20 reviews

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New 2009 Outback lover

by Subaru fan from Indiana on July 26, 2009

My wife just purchased a 2009 Outback after driving a host of others, both "crossovers" and sedans. She has a half-hour drive morning and afternoon to her job, and really wanted the safety of the all-... Read Full Review

4 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited

Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G
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 2.5XT Limited

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 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.

Recalls

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

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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