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2007 Subaru Outback

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2007 Subaru Outback Review

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Subaru builds the Outback for active individuals who shudder at the thought of driving a fuel-thirsty SUV. Based on the popular Legacy sedan and wagon, the Outback takes Subaru's four-wheel-drive philosophy one step further by increasing ground clearance, adding protective side cladding and offering a host of accessories designed to carry various types of equipment and cargo. Offered in four wagon and two sedan trims, and the smaller, Impreza-based Sport version, the rugged Outback models range from simple (2.5i), to sporty (2.5 XT Limited), to simply luxurious (3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition). Engine choices vary by model and include a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder and a refined six-cylinder. Of course, Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive is standard, as is the ability to go just about anywhere four wheels can travel.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive but shudder at the thought of driving a big, fuel-inefficient SUV, the Outback is the answer. All-wheel-drive confidence and new safety features add up to a prudent and pleasurable road experience, heightened by a comfortable highway ride.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need an off-road vehicle that can also tow heavy loads and seat seven, the Outback is no match for a truck-based, V8-powered SUV.

What's Significant About This Car?

Model designations have been rearranged to include the smaller Sport, a 2.5i Basic Wagon, 2.5i Wagon, 2.5i Limited Sedan, 2.5 XT Limited Wagon and 3.0 R L.L. Bean Sedan and Wagon. The 2.5 XT Limited now features the SI-DRIVE performance management system.

Driving the Outback

Driving Impressions Ride comfort leads the Outback's list of benefits. On rougher surfaces, though, the suspension tries its best to maintain a level attitude but some occupant-tossing may occur. Acceleration with the...

turbocharged engine is almost too swift. Nudge the pedal at a standstill and the XT Limited is likely to lunge heartily forward, though response to pass or merge isn't quite so assertive. Quiet-running, an Outback maneuvers well, but requires more steering effort than some drivers might find reasonable. Overall, the XT Limited isn't quite as much fun as you might expect of a smaller, turbocharged car, but that's easily outweighed by its sensible utility.

All-Wheel Drive
This could be Subaru's number-one selling point, since no other manufacturer makes such a system standard on all models.

Semi-Manual Shift Mode
Tapping a steering-wheel button in the 2.5 XT Limited lets you downshift briefly without going into full manual mode. This can be handy when road or traffic conditions change suddenly, and the transmission resumes normal operation as soon as the temporary situation ends.

2007 Subaru Outback Details
2007 Subaru Outback photo Interior

Like most aspects of the Outback, its dashboard and control layout convey a down-to-business personality. Subaru notes that the Outback's seating position provides a more "commanding" view than ordinary wagons. Two-toned interiors are fitted with cloth upholstery on 2.5i and 2.5 XT Limited trims, while the L.L. Bean receives leather trim. Seats are inviting and supportive, visibility is excellent all-around and the Outback runs quietly. The Sporty 2.5 XT Limited uses an electroluminescent LED instrument display.

Exterior
2007 Subaru Outback photo

Subaru calls the Outback the "world's first sport utility wagon," calling attention to its pronounced wedge-shaped profile. Its SUV-like attributes are subtle but noticeable. Aerodynamic ground-effects components blend with more pronounced wheel arches to give it a bolder stance. A rear gate spoiler is installed and, on the 2.5 XT Limited turbo model, a functional hood scoop feeds air to the engine's intercooler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2.5i Basic Wagon includes front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), cloth upholstery, power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, 100-watt stereo with six speakers and CD/MP3 player, air conditioning and an alarm system. The 2.5i Limited has an automatic transmission, leather seating, power glass moonroof, six-disc CD changer and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition adds a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and a panoramic tilt/sliding dual panel moonroof (wagon).

Optional Equipment

Practical-duty accessories include a bike carrier and ski attachment set. Buyers have three engine choices and three types of all-wheel drive from which to choose, but they are available according to model rather than as separately ordered options. Individual options include upgraded audio and DVD navigation.

Under the Hood

The Outback offers three engine options: A 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The normally-aspirated 2.5-liter boxer engine produces enough power to suit most non-enthusiast drivers. It also offers the best fuel economy. The turbocharged 2.5-liter engine provides nearly the same horsepower as the 3.0-liter six-cylinder, but offers more torque at a lower rpm, perfect for performance driving. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder found on the luxury models is strong and smooth and is matched with Variable Torque Distribution, which is Subaru's most sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.

2.5-liter Boxer-4
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
169 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (manual), 22/28 (automatic)

2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/27 (manual), 20/26 (automatic)

3.0-liter Boxer-6
245 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26

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2007 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 381 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

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By on Sunday, November 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,118

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Its good in the snow, down shifting"

Cons: "gas pedal hurts, seat materiel icky"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This car has a gas pedal that literally hurts my ankle, leg and back. I know others personally, and I read online that I am not the only one with this complaint. The material of the seats is odd and shows every single stain and mark. I have made every adjustment possible to the wheel and seat of the vehicle. I have even tried pillows, etc. Custom seat covers are so expensive and the non-custom would not stay in place."

7 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Practical, comfortable and fun to drive.

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, spacious, fun to drive, good value"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The outback combines the utility of a minivan or SUV with the driving characteristics of a car. With a 4 cylinder engine, it is surprisingly peppy with decent mpg and handles well. Very comfortable and lots of storage space."

15 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, and reliable"

Cons: "Gas milage could be better."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love it! This is my 5th Subaru, all have had over 100,000 miles. Every day driving is fun, but where the car really shines is in inclement weather, especially snow. I live in Chicago and we get a lot of snow, not once have I been stuck. Last year we had a blizzard, only me and a couple of SUV's and the snow plows were out. I went thru 8" to 10" inches of snow and high drifts. It felt like I was driving on dry surfaces. A lot of SUV's got stuck, not me! Comfortable driving on long trips. Next car I get, is going to be another Subaru, but I have at least 23,000 miles to go!"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

First 63K miles were good- then watch out!

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Goes almost anywhere"

Cons: "Unreliable- may not get you back!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Engine problems, brake problems (NHTSA ordered) and interior finish problems. This is really disappointing since the first two Subaru's I owned were great. I kind of wished I hadn't traded in the 1997 one."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great for an active outdoor lifestyle.

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Gets anything anywhere"

Cons: "too much plastic on body"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Holds a lot of rock climbing gear Holds a mountain bike inside, or 3 on the roof. Holds camping gear for 4 I feel safe when my kids drive it."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

By far...best car I have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "RELIABLE"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have owned this 'Subie' since new and can say it is the best vehicle I have ever purchased. It currently has 58,000 miles and the ONLY issue ever was a battery replacement about 3 years ago. Fun to drive, reliable and safe! In fact, we have given the car now to my daughter who recently (year ago) started driving. I feel confident with her behind the wheel of this quality machine. In fact, we have now bought our second 'Subie' (2014 Forrester) and are (so far) very pleased with it as well! SUBIE means QUALITY and LOYALTY!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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