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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 326 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS CAR

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 197,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "design inside and out, great for dogs and camping"

Cons: "Manual Transmission.. I'm too old for shifting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My ONLY complaint about this car is the manual transmission because I have a bad back and neck. It's just a little too much having to shift. Other than that, I love this car. It handles beautifully, window visibility is good. Exterior and interior is a great design. It's a SUBARU! and I love it."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

dissapointed in reliability

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"we bought this car with 70000 miles and replaced the wheel bearings 3 times and both cooling fans failed at the same time. Both front axle boots cracked and leaked and they had to replace the axles to replace the boots. Now I just spent $2700.00 for new head gaskets and timing belt and one of the heads was cracked and had to be replaced. When I got it back from that repair within 2 weeks the check engine light and cruise control light came on and they said it needs a catalytic converter and several sensors for $1200.00!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Never getting another one.

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"I started with a 96 Subaru Outback, and when I went to buy this one I expected the same quality. I am highly disappointed as it has had problem after problem. Dealers tell me this is normal wear and it's an "old" car. No, it's not. And this is not normal. I take care of it, but this car does not take care of me. It is always disappointing me in some way, and I do not consider it reliable as it has left me stranded on the side of the road on more than one occasion."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is the most reliable, best car for the value

By on Sunday, February 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good price, well maintained, one owner"

Cons: "A little body scratches but fixed with factory kit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car since 2006. I bought it brand new and it has been my main vehicle of transportation. I love the heated seats in winter and the turn radius the interior light tan leather is still as clean and pretty as when it was bought. It is roomy, comfortable and can be down shifted for mountain driving or freeway speed. I have had no major mechanical problems and I have always kept up the regular maintenance."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

"Love. It's what makes a Subaru a Subaru"

By on Friday, February 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Everything else: handling in snow and in general"

Cons: "Reliability, head gaskets"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I think I finally understand this slogan. I love my 2008 Subaru Outback. I have wanted one for several years. I finally bought mine about 4 months ago with 82,000 miles on it. I knew that Subaru's were infamous for head gasket issues, so I purchased an extended (3rd party) warranty. Within 4 months, I started having an oil leak. Turned out to be a leaking head gasket. Luckily, Route 66 (my warranty) covered the whole thing. They were awesome. Cost around $2,000 all said and done. I was really dissapointed. 85,000 miles...blown head gasket...that's pathetic. It embarrasses me that Subaru claims reliability and claims to have fixed the problem. Well, it is officially not fixed. BUT, I love this car. I like the handling even more than I thought I would. I think for a wagon, it's pretty classy and has enough room for me and my pup. So, Love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru, because even though these cost you out the butt to fix, you still love them. Poor reliability, but I really like everything else. Not sure I would recommend it to friends or family unless they were ok with spend the money it costs to keep these going. Hey Subaru!! Fix this problem. This is embarrassing. A representative at the Subaru dealer told me, "Subaru recommends that you replace the head gaskets at 100,000 miles." Are you telling me that head gasket replacement ($2000 repair) now is routine maintanence? Emabarrassing. But, I still love it. Hope this is the last big repair I have."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great driving machine

By on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, sure footed in all conditions"

Cons: "No true cons, just a little crampt"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Little crampt I am 6' wish the drivers seat went back just another inch, great to drive otherwise reliability and sure footed on any surface are by far the defining attributes of this car! Mechanically sound never had any issues will be replaced with another Subaru in the future, solid design though like all newer vehicles not taking the home mechanic in to account short of checking fluids be prepared to purchase a few speciality tools just to do minor maintenance."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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