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!