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Subaru Outback Reviews from Consumer Reports

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Subaru Outback Reviews

The Subaru Outback is a wagon offered in a 4dr Wgn H4 Auto 2.5i Premium, 4dr Wgn H4 Man 2.5i, 4dr Wgn H4 Man 2.5i Premium, 4dr Wgn H4 Auto 2.5i Limited, 4dr Wgn H6 Auto 3.6R Limited and 4dr Wgn H4 Auto 2.5i. The powertrains include 2.5-liter 4 (173 hp) and 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp) engines, and 5-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and CVT transmissions. It is AWD wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 24 mpg city to 30 mpg highway. The Outback uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Nissan Murano, Audi Allroad, Toyota Venza and Volvo XC70.

Last Model Reviewed: 2013

Reviewed Subaru Outbacks from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 4-cyl CVT
  • 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 4-cyl CVT
  • 2006 Subaru Outback wagon 3.0 R VDC Limited 6-cyl
  • 2005 Subaru Outback wagon 2.5i 4-cyl

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