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

"Good acceleration and handles well"

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Great Mileage!"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Great second car"

Linda S., CO (2000 Subaru Outback)

"I am convinced the AWD in this car has saved my life more than once. It doesn't hydroplane on wet roads and handles snow/ice well."

Michael S., OR (2000 Subaru Outback)

"After going through considerable replacement of parts at the 100,000 mile mark the Subaru 2000 has given remarkable service an I am even delaying in upgrading this car and mark another year"

James F., IL (2000 Subaru Outback)

"AWD performance, handling in inclement weather. I feel very safe"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"not as peppy as i'd like, especially entering on a highway."

Anonymous, MA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is OK, cornering also OK. In slippery conditions, I pull away from the stoplight while another car spins its tires."

William B., TX (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Love the all wheel drive."

Anonymous, OR (2000 Subaru Outback)

"This vehicle is a little slower on acceleration than our newer Subaru, but still has a lot of pep and handles well. It is great fun to take on curvy roads. It holds the road well."

Jeanne U., MN (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Good ride, but acceleration is on low side."

Anonymous, GA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent handling and acceleration, nice to drive at high speeds."

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Weak acceleration"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Subaru Outback)

"car always handled great in snow storms"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"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

"Very comfortable driving on long trips."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Seat comfort is great but noisy"

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"seats are good, give support, noise is high when at speed."

David C., BC (2000 Subaru Outback)

"It is very comfortable."

John K., VA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Same as comments on 2005 Subaru."

Anonymous, PA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Driver sits too low. Passenger seat is very uncomfortable and very limited adjustments"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"hard ride, seats uncomfortable on a long ride, lot of road noise."

Anonymous, MA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"excessive road noise"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Subaru Outback)

"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

"We've owned the Outback for more than 18 years. It has been great for homeowner tasks. We also use it for carrying our kayaks and our tandem bike which it does very well. As a stick shift with all-wheel drive it is outstanding in the snow. I love the car. My wife who is 75 no longer likes to drive the stick shift but she is still very glad we have it available for tasks and recreation."

Francis B., PA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"I've had it almost 18 years and it still runs and looks great!"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Though we have had a few unscheduled maintenance items, this car has been super reliable and solidly built. I have hauled, towed, road tripped, slept (occasionally) and commuted in this vehicle. It still looks good, doesn't burn oil and all the upholstery is intact."

Michael S., OR (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent vehicle. I only wish it was electric"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Subaru Outback are among the best made cars. Mine is 20 years old with over 200,000 miles and has required minimal maintenance. It still drives like it is a new car. Subaru Service Managers have told me to never sell this car."

J W., FL (2000 Subaru Outback)

"It is a 1997 and runs great. Just needed more room for my grandchildren"

Linda S., CO (2000 Subaru Outback)

"This is an 18 year old vehicle and the only problem I have had with it (other than normal maintenance issues) is that the CD and tape players stopped working after 16 years."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Reliability & AWD"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Subaru Outback)

"I bought this car new and it is now 17 years old. The only major expense was a clutch 3 years ago. Engine still runs fine. It is now my run around town car."

Joseph K., AZ (2000 Subaru Outback)

"17 years and 215,000 miles. Still starts every time, AC works, and the radio works. Doors and windows keep out the weather. Cargo capacity is extraordinary for its size. Insurance is cheap."

William B., TX (2000 Subaru Outback)

"Vehicle was purchased new in January 2000 and has been an excellent, highly dependable vehicle. Handling, acceleration, and comfort have pretty much failed to deteriorate."

Anonymous, NM (2000 Subaru Outback)

"354000 miles since it was purchased new. It has been well cared for and has not required any maintenance or repairs that have been unexpected for this age of a vehicle with this mileage. Our trusted mechanic just recently took it for a test drive and couldn't believe how much fun it was to drive. How many people can say that about their 17 year old vehicles!"

Jeanne U., MN (2000 Subaru Outback)

"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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