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2013 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews

4.4
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Subaru knows their customer

by from Denver, CO on October 18, 2012

I have owned 2 other Subarus in my life, and now I am proud to say 3. My last Subaru was a '99 outback, which was a great car, so I was curious if the new one would fit my lifestyle the same way. Let...
I have owned 2 other Subarus in my life, and now I am proud to say 3. My last Subaru was a '99 outback, which was a great car, so I was curious if the new one would fit my lifestyle the same way. Let me start by saying that I am very active and I live in Colorado. My hobbies consist of camping, kayaking, skiing and mountain biking. All of these activities require a car that has enough cargo capacity to carry the gear. The new outback has plenty of cargo space, plus a great rack that'll carry anything you can think. The icing on the cake is that it folds into the side rails to reduce wind noise and drag. As is standard with the outback, a rubberized mat is included so you have a place for your smaller, furry friend when he gets in the mud. The ride is very quiet. It's pleasant to drive. The new suspension make this car corner very nicely. I haven't had the chance to drive it in the snow yet, but Subaru's AWD system never disappoints. To top it all off, I've been getting 29-30 mpg with a mixture of city and highway driving. I would recommend this car to anyone that needs a car for gear and family/friends.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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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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1st New Car

by from Chicago, IL on September 21, 2012

I purchased this 2013 Subaru Outback after going to see a 2012. The new features and lack of a big price difference helped me decide to get the newest model. Although I previously owned a gas guzzling...
I purchased this 2013 Subaru Outback after going to see a 2012. The new features and lack of a big price difference helped me decide to get the newest model. Although I previously owned a gas guzzling luxery SUV, I traded that in for the fuel economy and Subaru's reputation for durability and longevity. Now I have close to 8K miles on it after a roadtrip to Montana with wife and 2 dogs. Dogs were quite comfortable, even if we had to place most of our belongings on a roof carrier. Ride was ok, although on uneven bumpy roads was slightly off camber on curves. Gas milage has not been as advertised, but to be fair, I've been driving at higher speeds and trip had additional cargo top carrier. Overall, I am very happy with this Outback. Happy that it has a timing chain- not belt. Oil Filter on top. I could use a Turbo, but like the Regular gas prices.
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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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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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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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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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Loving our Subaru

by from Chester, VA on June 27, 2013

We are first time Subaru owners and have owned our 2013 Outback for just over a month now but are finding it a joy to drive. We opted for the 3.6 engine and are happy with our choice. While, the 4 cyl...
We are first time Subaru owners and have owned our 2013 Outback for just over a month now but are finding it a joy to drive. We opted for the 3.6 engine and are happy with our choice. While, the 4 cylinder is still peppy and better on gas its a little noisier and a little less quick on take off and passing. Positives: Powerful and quick 3.6 engine, ample leg room in both front and back seat. Comfortable car like ride and easier to maneuver than a SUV with better gas mileage. Great vehicle if you are looking for something between a SUV and a crossover. Negatives are few but I would like to see lumbar seating on the passenger side as well.
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Solid car

by from maryland on June 1, 2013

I have had the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5 Premium for a little over a week. Bought new, and this is my first Subaru. I am extremely happy with the build of the car. Build quality is solid and there are n...
I have had the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5 Premium for a little over a week. Bought new, and this is my first Subaru. I am extremely happy with the build of the car. Build quality is solid and there are no bumps or rattles. My vehicle has black cloth seats, and they are moderately comfortable, with good back support. I did try the leather also, and they are more comfortable than the cloth, but the extra cost of the Limited (with all of its color screens and graphical interfaces) was not my preference. Other interior features that I like are the Bluetooth Hands-free system (also plays music from my Iphone through bluetooth on the radio), and the automatic headlights. Base radio seemed weak at first, but with a little tuning of the features (bass, treble, mid), it's definitely passable, especially with mp3s playing. Back seat room is cavernous. I am 6'2'' and there is space between my knees and the front seats, even with the front seats pushed all the way back. Cargo area is what you would expect, and I like the area beneath the cargo floor where I've added a first aid kit, jumper cables, etc. The four cylinder has enough power for probably 75 percent of buyers. Like other reviewers have said, the CVT takes a little getting used to because it doesn't have the shift points of a standard transmission. The CVT is also noisy (actually noisier than the 4 cylinder itself). I've noticed that the car shudders a little when gears are changed from reverse to drive, very similar to a manual transmission when you are at the clutch's friction point. Coming from a VW, these definitely are not dealbreakers, and most people may not even notice them. Once you reach speed on the highway, the Outback is smooth and has a very good on-center feel. Fuel efficiency seems about right for this four cylinder engine paired with a heavy vehicle, city driving, and liberal use of the air conditioning. Currently, I am getting a little over 26mpg at sea level. The engine requires synthetic oil, and maintenance intervals are 7500 miles. The oil filter is actually on top of the engine, which will make oil changes a breeze. All indications are that this car will last a long time, and I'm looking forward to updating this review once we get some snow!
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