2009 Subaru Outback consumer reviews

$22,295–$23,295 MSRP range
side view of 2009 Outback Subaru
95% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8
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We drove the car for 11 years & the only thing we did was change the oil/filter & replaced the tires. I believe there were three recalls. Two of which were air bags on the passenger side. Great vehicle with excellent mpg. One of the best cars that we've ever owned. We didn't purchase another one due to the tow capacity limit.


Most enjoyable car I've ever owned!

I owned a 2008 outback 2.5i for 3 years before I bought this manual 2009 XT. I loved everything about that car, so I bought the performance version. This car shares its engine with the WRX, so it has a lot of aftermarket support for anything you could want to do with it. It drives extremely well and is especially helpful where I live in the Utah mountains because of it's added clearance. These cars are a little particular and need the owner to pay attention to it's maintenance. If maintained properly, they seem to last extremely well. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in this type of vehicle


Fun car, great in snow, rain, etc.

Very reliable! have had for ten years, never a problem! handles well in all weather. very comfortable for an all wheel drive car. Would recommend.


Love my car for reliability and stereo system.

The Subaru I've owned has so much room in the hatchback so our Christmas tree fits right in & the car stereo system is exceptionally clear.


Reliable and the AWD great in the winter.

This car is so functional. The AWD is great in the winter months, good gas mileage and lots of room to haul things with the rear seats folded down.


Very reliable and well worth the money.

It has been outstanding. It still looks new. Nobody can guess it?s an ?09. The interior is amazing with the seat warmers and great sterio.


9 years, 90k miles. Only minor repairs.

I bought the 2009 Outback new and make sure its scheduled maintenance is current. I have only had to replace the front axels, because of torn CV boots. I consider that normal wear and tear. My factory battery died after 8 years and I am still on the factory brakes (manual transmission helps) This cars suspension has held and it handles as well as when it was new. Interior is quiet and comfortable. I find visibility excellent. This is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I won't drive anything else in inclement weather. Fuel efficiency is a plus at 27 MPG.


Reliability and comfort

The 2009 Subaru Outback is a great, reliable vehicle. It provides a nice, smooth ride and comfortable, heated seats. The sunroof is exceptional--nice and large. Gas mileage is great, too. Overall, it's an excellent, quality car.


Not buying the hype

I bought it for my needs- traveling with teenagers and two 90 pound labs, and it did its job and did it well. I thought I was happy with it, and now that I've reached 140,000 miles and a repair bill that is the same amount as the car is worth, as I take out the title and lien to trade it in and look through all that I replaced on this vehicle, I'm angry! I have replace wheel bearings several times, water pumps, timing belts, gone through brakes, bulbs, sensors (still warrantied though)... Thousands of dollars that when I look at the pile of paperwork I'm physically ill. Did I get a lemon?? I don't know. I felt the need to put this out there for others to read too.


First Car Purchase and I Couldn't be Happier

My Subaru Outback is the most amazing car I've driven. Its reliable, its comfortable, and I look forward to driving it every day. I can't wait for all the adventures I'm going to have in it.