2011 Subaru Outback

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Available Price Range $9,551-$21,627 TrimsN/A Combined MPGN/A SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Subaru Outback

Our Take

The Subaru Outback, an SUV-alternative, was redesigned for 2010. Though Outback sedans existed in previous years, the Outback has been available only as a wagon since 2007, leaving the sedan space... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Some inconsistent cabin materials
  • Uninspiring four-cylinder drivetrain
  • Navigation interface
  • Braking performance when loaded
  • Front-seat thigh support for taller drivers

Notable Features

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine
  • Swiveling roof rails
  • Manual or automatic
  • Related to Legacy sedan
  • Side mirrors now fold


Our Expert Reviews

Being critical of the 2011 Subaru Outback is like harping on an A- student.  There's nothing wrong with it at all, but with a little extra effort, the 2011 Outback could definitely be an A+ student.This summer I went to the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience, which is a driving event for automotive journalists in Colorado, where I got to take an Outback on a rally course. This isn&apos... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 79 reviews

4Runner Convert

by Ollie's Mom from Southwest Wisconsin on February 10, 2011

I had owned a 2003 Toyota 4Runner 4x4 for the past 8 years and hated to part with it as it had been such a great vehicle. I test drove a Honda Crosstour, Toyota Venza, Toyota Highlander, Audi Q5, Kia ... Read Full Review


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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

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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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