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

"4-W drive"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The v6 engine is very strong."

MICHAEL B., WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"In extremely icy conditions traction switched between tires too often, making a very uneasy ride."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The Outback is very comfortable on long trips. The cruse control could be made a litter easier to use, but I am very pleased with its performance."

FRED N., CO (2001 Subaru Outback)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Wind noise has always been loud around front windows"

ART C., NC (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Overall comfort has been very good. Over time, however, the cabin has developed air leaks, which contribute to a lot of noise when I'm driving at freeway speeds."

DAVE S., WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin' Sorry timex but Subaru has you beat...."

JIMM B., WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Too much road noise and AC takes to long to cool and could be stronger."

Anonymous, MA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"darn noisy. wind noise started very early in its life with us."

HAL R., OR (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Same as Forester"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Very dependable, comfortable car."

LINDA F., NC (2001 Subaru Outback)


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

What Owners Say

"Watch out for faulty head gasket ( expensive to replace ) Otherwise this car keeps driving, handling well, safe, reasonable milage and always the advantage of all wheel drive. Station wagon is very handy to have"

ERIC K., AB (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Very little extra maintenance cost except normal items like oil changes, brakes, tires, etc."

Anonymous, MN (2001 Subaru Outback)

"I got what I paid for and more, car is reliable if you do the right thing and maintain this car it will run forever I strongly recommend it."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Its a very reliable car, but AWD is not fuel efficient. I would be reluctant to buy again for that reason."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"We had to replace the clutch twice."

JANA D., CT (2001 Subaru Outback)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Color tones are attractive and subdued, looks ready to go, luggage rack, high clearance"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Subaru Outback)
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