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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 New for 2007

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 387 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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

Great car with great handling except on ice

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car, fun to drive, reliable, good gas mileag"

Cons: "Head gasket repair, burns oil"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is a very versatile car. I've been the only owner, love driving a stick shift. We had a major repair at 90k (head gasket) but other than that and regular maintenance, it's been a great car. Very reliable, handles well in the snow, not so great on ice but what car is, really? It burned a quart of oil every 1500 miles until recently. Not sure what changed that, I haven't changed anything. Even the head gasket repair didn't fix the oil burning. But this is a solid, reliable car, fun to drive, handles well. Gets surprisingly good gas mileage for an all wheel drive vehicle."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car in the snow, but that all!

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great in the snow"

Cons: "terribly trouble-prone"

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

"There is nothing reliable about this generation of Subaru cars. This car has been well maintained and has only 75,000 miles. Trouble with oil sending switch, front drive shafts, rear wheel bearings, coil pack, and oil leaks. Needs new valve cover "O" ring gaskets or a new head gasket. These are all common problems. Check the internet before you purchase."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very Expensive car to Maintain, lots of Issues

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice looking, good for camping, decent MPG"

Cons: "Expensive to maintain, mechanical issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I purchased the car used (16,000 miles) and am now up around 155,000. This car continues to have very expensive issues. While I do not pamper the car, I do not use it for serious offroad, just a long commute and camping summers. I won't list ALL the issues the car has had, but currently I'm looking at a head gasket leak, apparently very common in this car, which will run me close to $2,900. The general service for this car is also VERY expensive, I have a minimum of one $800 service/year based on mileage alone in addition to regular service (which I am good at maintaining). Maybe I just got a lemon, but after years of GM cars (Chevys and Saturn) without issues like this and much more affordable repairs I cannot see why this car is ranked so highly. Yes, it is a fun car to drive and its good for camping looks great, but beyond that I am surprised why this car is ranked so highly by CR and other car evaluators."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Poor - As Many Problems As An American Made Car

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great in snow"

Cons: "Head gasket at 66k"

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

"Very disappointed - this was supposed to be my 200k car. Only half way there and have major problems. Clutch and Head Gasket replaced at 66k 3 Wheel bearings replaced between 66k and 100k Needs new muffler at 90k = $1000 Rear Brake Lines failed at 100k - not covered under recall for brake lines. Only pro is it is GREAT in snow."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

First Subaru Outback - Great Car

By on Sunday, March 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,740

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Rugid, Solid, Reliable, Multi-Purpose, Sporty"

Cons: "None"

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

"My first Subaru Outback and I love this car. I treat it like a truck and family car and it never fails. I just bought a new one and will always have an Outback!"

9 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Ouch

By on Sunday, November 8, 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."

28 people out of 50 found this review helpful

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