Overall, the Subaru Legacy Outback is well conceived. Its all-wheel drive powertrain is a major plus on slippery roads. The Outback rides comfortably and its interior is reasonably roomy and quiet. But the wagon has its shortcomings: Normally competent handling can become tricky at the limit, acceleration is a bit poky, and fuel economy is unimpressive.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Original manual transmission was unpleasent and the car is a bit noisy."

DAVID C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"It always seems to have enough power in the 4 cyl. to do whatever task is demanded, even with 247000 miles. The handling on wet, snowy or icy roads is outstanding."

MAURICE M., CA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Solid and quiet. Moderate acceleration that could be better, but OK. Excellent handling."

J M., GA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"It handles really well around curves.acceleration is about average for a four cylinder car"

ROSS F., NC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"This car is surprisingly comfortable. I think it's a dork car, but I ski, and live in the Pacific NW, so it really is a good value. Amazing in snow! Better gas mileage and smaller than an SUV, which is a plus for me. Just wish it didn't look like such a mom car."

LORRAINE B., OR (2000 Subaru Outback)

"I really like the way this car drives in curves, snow, wet weather, and wind. The car stays on the road and is easy to handle. It has been paid for at least 13 years and not required a lot of additional expense."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are comfortable and heated. For long trips this is a very good feature. Until the last few weeks the climate control has worked will. I take it in Monday, hope it is not to expensive."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"The leather interior has great durability and barely shows the 247000 miles. Unfortunately the AC failed a few years ago and cost more than the value of the car to replace the entire system. The car is a great winter car."

MAURICE M., CA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"It seems like driver's seat was deliberately design to bother my back"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Subaru Outback)

"This car has the most comfortable seats of any car I have ever ridden in. A/C and heat are excellent."

J T., PA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"The excellent visibility! With proper adjustment of the side view mirrors I have 360 degrees visibility."

Anonymous, GA (2000 Subaru Outback)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Had the car for 17 years. I did not expect it to last that long. Now coming to the end. Got great value, with limited upkeep cost"

MICHAEL P., AB (2000 Subaru Outback)

"It currently runs great, has 125,000 miles and the maintenance costs have been reasonable. I wouldn't buy another one because I really hate their ads."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Whatch out for head gasket, otherwise quality parts and car in a, maybe not so stylish but very handy station package. This car has 310,000 km and kappa driving well as well as reasonable on gas."

ERIC K., AB (2000 Subaru Outback)

"All weather capability and safety as well as fuel economy and great long distance car. Have to be very regular with all services. If you do not want to get hit with the big services then sell it before 100K km."

RAJAN B., ON (2000 Subaru Outback)

"This is actually a 1998 Subaru Outback Legacy Wagon with manual transmission. Yes we have had to replace a few things but since it is 18 years old and still drives very well, we are extremely happy with it. The AC just quit working and we are not sure we'll have it fixed based on the age of the car. But it could beat having another car payment."

Anonymous, OH (2000 Subaru Outback)

"style,gas mileage.It'll run forever.cargo space."

ROSS F., NC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"In the 17 years I have owned my 1999 Subaru, it has never failed me. I had to replace the timing belt at 100k and the primary clutch at 130k. Those are the only repairs I have made to the vehicle since purchase."

PATRONUS C., NY (2000 Subaru Outback)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"size is just about perfect; why they changed it to the present over-stuffed size and style is beyond me."

MARK B., MD (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Good shape that works with interior room and views. Excellent storage and adjustment features."

J M., GA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"I wish Subaru offered a nicer color than the greenish grey drab principal color opposite its gold trim. I have seen others of this model with far more appealing colors."

KEN E., VA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"My previous Subaru Outback, purchased and driven in Switzerland and throughout Europe, was 14 years old when we left to come settle in USA. I wanted a car that looked and drove the same way as the first Subaru. And I bought it and have driven with the same pleasure I have had with this model."

GENE K., OR (2000 Subaru Outback)
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