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2011 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews

4.7
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by 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 ...
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 Sorento and the Outback. I actually drove the Outback on the first day out and wasn't sure. But after driving all the others and coming back for a second drive of the Outback right after driving the Highlander, we decided on the Outback. We have a yellow lab who rides with us all the time in the cargo area and even though I liked the interior of the Crosstour, it was very nice, the cargo area would have been too cramped for our dog. The one item I would like to see Subaru Outbacks change is the rear window. In my 4Runner it had a power up and down rear window. That was so nice for our dog- I could put it down a few inches if he was in the vehicle waiting for me- that was such a nice feature- please Subaru- make that change and I'll probably trade for a newer version! I bought the Outback a week ago and must say I'm liking it more every day. I bought the 2011 2.5i Limited. It seems kind of sporty to me, the leather seats are very supportive and the heated seats feel so good on a cold Midwest day! Everything seems to be made of good quality and planned out well. I will post again after I have driven for a while and let you know. I do kind of miss the 4Runner but think this vehicle is much more practical for me. I agree with some of the other comments, check prices with several dealers and "wheel and deal" a little. I got mine for around $3000 under MSRP and about $1000 under invoice. The only reason I'm giving 4 stars for performance is that at times it may seem a little loud when accelerating up a hill compared to the 6 cylinders I'm used to but with the better gas mileage it is to be expected. A note to the interior designers of the car- one of the reasons I bought the car is I LOVE the color of the ivory interior. I know that sounds crazy, but it is just the perfect color and looks rich. I could do without the fake plastic burled oak accents on the dash, would have preferred just something silver, but there isn't much of it so I can live with it.
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Great Car

by from wylie, TX on December 31, 2010

After researching almost every samll SUV, mid size sedan, and compact hatch back for 7 months, my wife and I decided on the 2011 Outback. We have now had the car for close to 7,000 miles and six month...
After researching almost every samll SUV, mid size sedan, and compact hatch back for 7 months, my wife and I decided on the 2011 Outback. We have now had the car for close to 7,000 miles and six months. While browsing the cars.com blogs, I found the video review for the 2010 redesigned Outback, and was immediatley impressed with the new exterior design. I have always found Subarus to be kind of goofy looking, but this model really caught my eye. So, the following weekend my wife and went to a dealership to take a look first hand at the vehicle. After taking our first drive and exploring the vehicle, the Outback became the benchmark for all other test drives. Once we started to narrow our search to small SUV's, it came down to the Outback and the RAV4. What seperated the Outback for us from the RAV4 was the overall ride and comfort. With the standard all wheel drive mated with the CVT transmission, the Outback accelerated quickly but smoothly and navigated bumpy roads with ease. Since we live on the outer edge of the Dallas area, we deal a lot with poor roads. The car handles beautifully for its size in quick response situations, plus is able to get up and go when you need it. The interior of the vehicle was layed out with ease of access in mind. Now we went for the base model, without any bells and whistles, so there is no nav system or any screens to look at for us. The radio and cruise controls on the steering wheel are easy to get to without looking down, which I found to be a problem on other vehicles. My only complaint is when you try to direct a/c to the rear seats with the vents in the center dash, the air is obstructed by the people in the front seat. Other than that, I love the material of the seats; nice and hardy with out feeling rough. Easy to spend a couple of hours in the car without feeling uncomfortable. Since we went base model, the features that came standard compared to other small SUV's in the same price range, my wife and I could not be more happy with our purchase. We both would highly recommend this vehicle. To anyone looking at purchasing a vehicle make sure you spend as much time as you can in the vehicle before you sign on the dotted line.
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Fine vehicle - Best of Many Worlds

by from Elmira, NY on January 1, 2011

Compared our 2011 Outback H6 Limited with a 2009 used Lexus RX350 before buying the new Subie. This vehicle (not quite a car, not quite an SUV) is the best of many things. AWD for snowy hills, size fo...
Compared our 2011 Outback H6 Limited with a 2009 used Lexus RX350 before buying the new Subie. This vehicle (not quite a car, not quite an SUV) is the best of many things. AWD for snowy hills, size for hauling, safety for survival, paddle shifting for enterainment and control, H6 for towing and for giddyap and just enough luxe to feel good. Highs are decent value, 87 octane gas, good interior appointments and generally solid feel. Lows are "eh" mileage on the H6, kludgy iPod menus, costly NAV and moonroof and some SUV vibration through the wheel. We drove the H4 (non turbo) as well and found the power too low for its 3600 pounds and the paddle shifting CVT to be a moving thrashing contradiction in engineering principles. The Outback H6 Limited compares equally with a 2003 VW Passat V6 GLX AWD (!) which is more assured, quieter and sportier with much better road manners but is less capable on rough roads and a bit slower with only 190hp. Interior fit and finish is about on par with the older VW, too. Not much else compares: The Toyo RAV4 and Subie Forester are cheaper but tinny, and most others (Highlander, Pilot, Flex, Jeep) are just too much SUV for us. The Murano is getting old, and apparently eats tires daily.
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Solidly Built Automobile

by from Marathon, NY on March 22, 2011

The Outback is a solidly built automobile. When you close a door it doesn't sound like you've just put the tin lid on a garbage can. We were looking for an All Wheel Drive to give us a safety edge whe...
The Outback is a solidly built automobile. When you close a door it doesn't sound like you've just put the tin lid on a garbage can. We were looking for an All Wheel Drive to give us a safety edge when our upstate New York Winter weather puts out a driving challenge. Our Outback meets that and more. It is comfortable and has loads of interior room. Three adults can be seated in the rear seat with plenty of legroom. Hatchback area can hold plenty of gear and even more if you can flip down the back seats. Our model has the heated front seats, heated side mirrors and the interior rearview mirror with compass and auto dimming. Driver seat is adjustable about a dozen ways. You can even manually downshift/upshift the automatic transmission with shift levers mounted in finger reach behind the steering wheel. It gets acceptable gas milage for its' size. So far we are averaging 27.3 MPG for combined Hwy/secondary/city. Only complaint is that the alloy spoke wheels sometimes get snow and ice sitting in them if the car has sat in a snow storm outdoors. When that happens you can feel in the balance when at highway speed. I carry a wood paint stir stick that I use to clean them out just in case. Other than that we love this car!
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Awesome family car

by from McLean, VA on February 8, 2011

Starting a new family, I had to give up my compact and this was the best choice for us. Great power, spacious interior (key for car seats), cargo room, AWD, and reasonable fuel economy. Primarily look...
Starting a new family, I had to give up my compact and this was the best choice for us. Great power, spacious interior (key for car seats), cargo room, AWD, and reasonable fuel economy. Primarily looked at a Murano which was more luxurious, but a bit smaller cargo-wise and you need to run it on premium so went with the Subaru. After about 3k miles I'm glad we did. It's extremely comfortable on the roads and was a lifesaver in the recent snowstorms. It doesn't handle as well as the cars I'm used to, but I didn't expect super crisp handling going into a larger vehicle. I wish some of the tech was more up to date, but it's good enough for our needs and should serve us well. Favorite Features VTD AWD, Boxer 6, reclining rear seatback, tonneau cover storage, ride height, rearview camera in the rearview mirror Suggested Improvements Head unit needs to be better, the HK system is ok, but could be improved, and a power liftgate would be a nice convenience. Can't think of anything else!
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Almost the perfect vehicle for our small family

by from Chicagoland, IL on June 1, 2011

I freely admit that I don't like SUVs, crossovers, or anything else that's basically a station wagon/family hauler pretending to be something different. I wanted a station wagon to replace our 2007 BM...
I freely admit that I don't like SUVs, crossovers, or anything else that's basically a station wagon/family hauler pretending to be something different. I wanted a station wagon to replace our 2007 BMW 328iT wagon, but i wanted something more reliable and less expensive than the only mid- to large-sized wagons that only seem to come from Germany. Except for the fact that the Outback looks like it's walking around on tiptoes, it's perfect. The size is right for my wife, our toddler, and our dog, with the 3.6R it hauls all of our butts with aplomb, it's got everything the BMW had (except memory seats which I miss and the headlights which follow the steering wheel which was cool), and it handles well. We had a great experience with the dealer who treated us with respect, who let us borrow a car to bring to the police station to ensure that the child seat fit right BEFORE we purchased it, and who gave us a great price. While it's not nearly as sleek and sexy as our old BMW, this is a great car that we really enjoy, and from the driver's seat, I can't see that it looks like an armadillo on tiptoes. I highly recommend it!
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so far so good

by from california on July 15, 2011

Traded in my 2004 legacy for the 2011 Outback. The interior is sooo roomy. Feels like a very big car. Exlint gas mileage. (30 mpg so far) I do miss the power of my manual Legacy, but to get the mpg, y...
Traded in my 2004 legacy for the 2011 Outback. The interior is sooo roomy. Feels like a very big car. Exlint gas mileage. (30 mpg so far) I do miss the power of my manual Legacy, but to get the mpg, you need the CVT. Radio is fine for my purposes, but may be wimpy for some phonophiles. I have three complaints so far: Cubbies in the rear do not have a door!? What's that about? I couldn't figure out the use for these. I velcroed a sheet of plastic to it. How tacky! On a positive note, there is a 12v outlet in the back. And, the flasher button is in the most asinine place. Lastly, there is no air vent for the back (not in my '04 legacy either, but this is 2011!) AND, only 2 air vents in front hit the driver no matter where you try to focus the air. One more thing! The "off black" interior is VERY black. I prefer a little lighter. Best of all: no plasticy "new car smell" like the toyota and honda. So far, I'm enjoying the ride
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First Subaru

by from North Jersey on September 19, 2011

After 25 years of only driving trucks/SUV's, I have finally purchased my first Subaru. I have driven only Jeeps for the past 15 years and I was hesitant to go in a different direction. I test drove th...
After 25 years of only driving trucks/SUV's, I have finally purchased my first Subaru. I have driven only Jeeps for the past 15 years and I was hesitant to go in a different direction. I test drove the Outback and that was it. It's combination of comfort, versatility, and economy made it the perfect fit for me. And with 8.7 inches of ground clearance it matched the '08 Wrangler Unlimited I drove. The Subaru just gave me so much more for my money and wasn't a bubble like the CR-V or comparatively overpriced like the Toyota Venza - which is more of car than anything else...and it doesn't even come with standard AWD like the proven Subaru! With only 800 miles on the ticker, I really can't rate reliability, however if history holds true, I will have my Outback for many years to come. Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.
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2011 Subaru Outback

by from Richland, WA on January 17, 2011

We reviewed the reviews of the various AWD vehicles and learned that the Subaru was one of the few vehicles that was designed to be AWD. Most of the other manufactures take a FWD and convert it to AWD...
We reviewed the reviews of the various AWD vehicles and learned that the Subaru was one of the few vehicles that was designed to be AWD. Most of the other manufactures take a FWD and convert it to AWD. Most of these vehicles run in FWD until one of the wheels looses traction and then the AWD kicks in. The Subaru on the other hand is full time AWD. We also felt that the Subaru was more reasonably priced than it competetors. By using the internet we were able to research the dealer invoice and we were able to purchase our car for $1,000 less than the invoice price. Obviously, the dealer pays less than invoice.
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My Second Subaru

by from Chicago IL on June 7, 2012

I bought my 2011 Outback toward the end of the model year after wanting one for years. After 6 months, I'm very satisfied with this car. The styling and comfort is very good, and this car does everyt...
I bought my 2011 Outback toward the end of the model year after wanting one for years. After 6 months, I'm very satisfied with this car. The styling and comfort is very good, and this car does everything I need it to. My only regret is that I went with the 6-cyl model, which turned out to be more than I needed. I thought I'd need it for trailering my motorcycle (which it does, with aplomb, even up mountains), but I later learned it didn't get my that much extra towing capacity -- just 300 extra pounds. It's great to have such snappy pickup (it goes like a banshee when you step on the gas). The unfortunate trade-off is MPG. I'm only averaging 20 mpg, whereas the 4-cyl with CVT would be giving me 5-6 extra MPG. Pros: Great interior/exterior quality, great sound system (if you get the upgrade Harmon-Kardon system), great comfort and ride quality, great value relative to competing cars. TONS of cargo room. Cons: MPG (with 6 cyl). Handling is slightly sloppy compared to older Outbacks, which were smaller. The front seat pans are about an inch or two shorter than I'd like. Last tip: Avoid the Subaru Navigatino system. It's expensive, and extremely outdated in terms of graphics and interface. Just buy an aftermarket one for a fraction of the price.
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