(7th of 10 vehicles)
If you value the capability of an SUV to handle cargo and rough roads, but appreciate high ratings for safety, fuel-efficiency and driving enjoyment, the Outback wagon is likely the best mix of these
If you need a third-row seat or tow heavy loads, a traditional SUV might be a better fit. If you prefer more carlike styling, consider a Volvo XC70 or Toyota Venza. Not everyone likes the Lineartronic
If fuel economy takes precedent over quick acceleration, the 2012 Subaru Outback's 2.5-liter four with the CVT is your best bet. The 170-horsepower engine has to work a bit, but once up to speed the CVT finds and holds the engine's peak torque, providing a good balance of response and efficiency. The CVT does take some getting used to, as there are no discernable gearshifts like a traditional automatic. The standard steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, however, allow the driver to simulate manual gearshifts, for quicker passing and merging. Wi
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By Janet (CA) on Friday, June 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "AWD is all"
Cons: "not enough interior cargo space, blind spots, etc"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone. Why? I bought it new: broke down on freeway FIRST day I owned it. It's been in and out of shop since. 1. All transmission problems: speeds up when trying to parallel park. I don't even try to parallel park any more, as it is too risky for cars in front of me. 2. Limited cargo space. Second row seats do not go into floor to make a smooth surface. 3. BAD blind spots on sides of car. I bought small convex mirrors to put on side mirrors. 4. Interior lights in daytime in So Calif make it impossible to safely change any settings. I have to decide on a/c or heat in ADVANCE. FRANKLY I COULD HAVE DESIGNED A BETTER CAR."
By Juskilmeow (CA) on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price for what you get, easy to drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Got a great deal using the Costco buyers program. Eye site system not perfect but works great in stop,go fwy traffic. 440 watt stereo is great and works and sounds better than the Cadillac ATS or Chevy volt. Phone plugged in or using Bluetooth works great, but the hands free system is clunky. but works great once you learn the proper phrasing. The GPS is weak, my Garmin unit is better, but having GPS in dash is cool. Gas mileage a little better than theToyota Fj I traded in, better if I drive it easy. I was able to get 19.8 city. usually get 17.5 city. The Subaru is quiter than many cars or SUVs I have driven and has no blind spots. It sits high enough so you are above the blinding wash of road spray when it rains. The all wheel drive is fantastic on slick roads, I can nail it from a stop and while everyone else is trying to get traction I am gone."
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