2013 Subaru Outback
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The Swiss Army Knife of Cars

by from Omaha, NE on January 29, 2013

The day after I bought my Outback, it snowed four inches. I was in heaven. While other drivers were slipping and sliding around my neighborhood, the symmetrical all wheel drive got me where I needed t...
The day after I bought my Outback, it snowed four inches. I was in heaven. While other drivers were slipping and sliding around my neighborhood, the symmetrical all wheel drive got me where I needed to go. The second day after I bought my Outback, I took a few clients out for dinner and drinks. The heated front seats and spacious second row kept everyone comfortable and happy. The third day after I bought my Outback, I took my niece's sledding. All four of our sleds fit easily in the big trunk, and my Subaru had no trouble getting up the icy street to the top of the hill. While the four cylinder engine may not pack a huge punch, it is responsive and very efficient. After two months, I'm averaging 22 mpg. I've driven around 1200 miles in town and 800 highway miles. The cabin is very quiet and comfortable at high speeds. I went with the charcoal gray exterior, I think it looks professional yet sporty. After driving it for two months, my Subaru Outback is the best purchase I've ever made.
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great mpg

by from Houston, TX on October 15, 2012

Excellent fuel efficiency. After 1 hour of city and highway driving I read on display it could go another 550 miles before tank is empty. Amazing. And it's a decent size, AWD car.
Excellent fuel efficiency. After 1 hour of city and highway driving I read on display it could go another 550 miles before tank is empty. Amazing. And it's a decent size, AWD car.
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2013 2.5i Limited w/ Eyesight

by from Portland Or on September 13, 2012

Absolutely love this car! Eyesight is great, especially for my spouse who now has an assistant if I'm getting too close to another car or moving out of our lane. Excellent space for gear in the back...
Absolutely love this car! Eyesight is great, especially for my spouse who now has an assistant if I'm getting too close to another car or moving out of our lane. Excellent space for gear in the back and back seats are comfortable for 3 teens or 2 adults. CVT could use more power, however getting 28-30 MPG for an all wheel drive...can't really complain.
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Love the 4 wheel system

by from SF Bay Area, CA on March 1, 2013

I have had two Foresters (2001; 2002) and waited until Subaru came up with a comfortable model with enough to make me trade in. Previous Foresters were great handling, but had some recent mechanical i...
I have had two Foresters (2001; 2002) and waited until Subaru came up with a comfortable model with enough to make me trade in. Previous Foresters were great handling, but had some recent mechanical issues-not uncommon-and the 2013 Outback made me decide. The other options (Acura, Lexus) were 12k+ more. I saved that with my selection. It has enough interior room (more than Highlander-which is V-6 and large outside).
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Excellent Choice Car

by from Elk Grove, California on October 2, 2012

I have always liked to own a outback and after so many years, managed to buy one. In the early 1990's, my company bought me a Subaru Legacy which I drove for 7 years without any problem. I never even ...
I have always liked to own a outback and after so many years, managed to buy one. In the early 1990's, my company bought me a Subaru Legacy which I drove for 7 years without any problem. I never even had a flat tire. So from then on, I have been a very big Subaru fan. It's a very reliable car to travel in. My family is so happy with Subaru, that my wife also bought a new 2012 Forester. My 2013 Subaru Outback is awesome and the price I paid for it, is great. It's worth the money one pays.
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Fully Loaded Outback

by from Fayetteville, NC on September 23, 2012

I recently built and recieved my 2013 Outback. The product is excellent and my wife loves her new car. We bought a Limited with: the entertainment package (worth every penny), rear seatback covers (co...
I recently built and recieved my 2013 Outback. The product is excellent and my wife loves her new car. We bought a Limited with: the entertainment package (worth every penny), rear seatback covers (could be more durable), all weather mats (get weathertech if weather doesn't decide your trip), lastly the special apperance package (looks great) Brilliant brown with saddle brown seats. The 4 cylinder has pleanty of power for daily traffic and road trips. The gas mileage is great, much better than my 328i wagon for sure. The interior could be abit simpler but doesn't bother me abit. I love the car and will wish for a minivan from Subaru so I don't have to by a Odyssey. Love the Subaru Outback.......
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Solid transportation

by from Atlanta, GA on January 2, 2014

I have owned this car now for over 1 year (2013 2.5 Limited). I cannot get over how useful and durable the Outback has been without 1 single issue. I am a long time Mercedes Benz S class owner so, whe...
I have owned this car now for over 1 year (2013 2.5 Limited). I cannot get over how useful and durable the Outback has been without 1 single issue. I am a long time Mercedes Benz S class owner so, when I say this outback rides smooth, I know what I am talking about. It has descent power and it's just a wonderfully useful/practical, economical, and reliable car.
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subaru OB

by from Allentown, PA on November 22, 2012

OB Ltd opt23 Lots of whistles and bells. I don't like the location of the USB port in the center console. The nav system is not particularly intuitive. A teeny bit of steering wander on the interstate...
OB Ltd opt23 Lots of whistles and bells. I don't like the location of the USB port in the center console. The nav system is not particularly intuitive. A teeny bit of steering wander on the interstate that may be due to the AWD. The HK stereo is a bit weak. I wouldn't mind a large digital display for the speed as the small speedometer is tough to read accurately. The OB's female voices both sound like old ladies. That being said, the car is great in every other way - so far. I like the key less entry - walk up to the car, grab the locked door handle and it opens. The backup camera is great. The dimming rear view mirror is nice. The cabin heat comes on fast as does the seat heat and the multiple defrosters. Controls are conveniently laid out. Cruise control displays the set speed - really nice. I can't wait to play in the snow. I HAD to choose a value for "reliability" and "value for the money", but those will take more time than a month to determine. Only have 1k miles on it - ask for another review in a couple months.....
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Best Outback Yet

by from Providence, RI on January 11, 2013

I have had a new 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited w/ Special Appearance Package now for a couple of months and so far I am very happy with this vehicle choice. First off, I think it is an awesome look...
I have had a new 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited w/ Special Appearance Package now for a couple of months and so far I am very happy with this vehicle choice. First off, I think it is an awesome looking car, both inside and out. Most people will say the exterior styling is a "love it or hate it" thing, but for a wagon, I think the car looks great. I ordered the Satin White Pearl and it really is a beautiful paint color, especially compared to my older white Subaru Forester's paint. The SAP's Saddle Brown interior is beautiful and a great addition to the Outbacks. The SAP also includes the nice new navigation screen and radio interface, which after a small learning curve is really easy to use and has some nice features. I like the HD radio, the 400Watt Harmon Kardon stereo w/ 7 channel equalizer, and the navigation with voice commands. The bluetooth phone system also works perfectly with my blackberry. Being a Subaru, the car has been great so far in our first major snow here in New England. The fuel economy is okay. Highway mileage is as expected, but the city mileage does drop down quick after lots of stop and go traffic with winter fuel. The car is quiet, sturdy, easy to drive, and has great viability. It won't win any dashes off of the line, but has enough pep to not put you to sleep driving either. And being a Subaru, (my 3rd), I am pretty sure this thing will last a lifetime with minimal work. If there are any complaints, there are two small ones. First, while I love the memory seats that comes with the SAP, i found it took a really long time to get the 10-way seat to a comfortable driving position. Not sure why. The seats have a weird seam right down the middle which took a little getting used to. But now I find the seats plenty comfortable. And lastly, I wish the seat heaters had more than two settings (High & Low) and that they came on faster and got hotter. My old VW had the best heated seats ever! Overall a great family car that I love driving and would recommend to anyone!
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2013 Subaru Outback

by from Gresham, Or on August 12, 2013

Great styling, great gas mileage, 28 mpg city, 33 to 35 hwy. good car for city driving, not enough power over 60 mph. Handles great, below avg radio, not very good sound, the seats are not very comfor...
Great styling, great gas mileage, 28 mpg city, 33 to 35 hwy. good car for city driving, not enough power over 60 mph. Handles great, below avg radio, not very good sound, the seats are not very comfortable on long trips for driver or passenger, We are not big people. 9800 miles on the car. Lots of compliments about the car styling and color. It is a company car, glad to have it, but I would not buy a 2.5 Subaru Outback Premium. Subaru needs to improve power, sound system, and comfort for me to change my mind.
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