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)

"Secure handling in all weather, especially snow and ice."

David D., AK (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Doesn't have much quick acceleration on hills. Engine must shift down often on a steep hill"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"SMOOTH TRANSITION"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"For an 18 year old car, it still pretty fast and corners well!"

Lawrence R., NE (2001 Subaru Outback)

"For 17years enjoyed every mile I drove the 2001."

Joseph F., ND (2001 Subaru Outback)

"DRIVES FANASTIC, STEERS SLIGHTLY HARDER THAN MY FORD CROWN VIC, BUT NONE THE LESS FINE, HAS MORE PICKUP AND SPEED THAN THE FORD WITH LESSOR EFFORT."

Anonymous, MD (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Because it has a rather small engine it can't go as fast as other cars on steep hills."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"couldn't say anything but good"

Arthuracollins C., NC (2001 Subaru Outback)

"My wife loves the car and wants to keep it forever. It handles well and is very easy to drive."

John L., OR (2001 Subaru Outback)

"At this point in its life, it doesn't accelerate quickly. Once up to speed, though, it cruises along easily."

Julie S., CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The AWD works great in rain and winter conditions."

Eric H., ID (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent traction and acceleration. The rear sway bars are a defect with this cars ultimaye handling in emergency situations. The brakes are undersized for this size vehicle, you should downshift when braking to safe on brake life."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Subaru Outback)

"I always feel safe because the car responds so well to my driving habits and control. I have only used the special brakes 2 times in 18 years."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Subaru Outback)

"It handles well in all weather conditions. I feel very safe in this car.. it has good acceleration when you need it .. although it doesn't have as many ponies as the Lexus.."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Very good"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Subaru Outback)

"very good on curvy roads prevalent inwestern Wisconsin...goodin snow, good on curves and turning,especially for a high bidy style station wagon"

Bob F., WI (2001 Subaru Outback)

"It's good for the size of car."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Handling is very good even in poor weather."

Anonymous, NY (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Its acceleration is a bit sluggish."

Julie S., CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is ok handling is vey good"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Subaru Outback)

Comfort

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)

"Considering I have owned this vehicle for over 17 years, the seats and ride are very comfortable; noise level is not bad."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Wonderful car for 17 years. The only negative is the noise coming through the drivers side window. Had it fixed once but came back. More annoying than anything."

Anonymous, PA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"i DON'T LIKE THAT THE SEATING IS SUCH THAT I HAVE TO REACH FURTHER TO GRASP THE STEERING WHEEL COMFORTABLY THAN I DO IN MY CROWN VICTORIA. i FIND THE SUBARU STEERING WHEEL CANNOT BE ADJUSTED TO MY REACH WITHOUT IT BEING SLANTED DOWN AND THE TOP OF THE STEERING WHEEL THEN BLOCKS MY SPEEDOMETER TO SOME EXTENT. .."

Anonymous, MD (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Entry somewhat difficult following knee replacement"

Daniel H., NY (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The outback seats are comfortable and the cabin is quiet."

Julie S., CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Ability to heat seats and backs, especially in winter."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Extremely noisy ride & seats not comfortable."

Anonymous, MA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The LL Bean package was outstanding for comfort in all of years I owned this car. The weather stripping on the doors should have been replaced at 100000 miles. The body rust should have been fixed at 200000 miles, because the car will last long enough to make it worth getting the work done."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Too much road noise"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"easy in NS OUT"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"excessive wind and road noise from both front doors/windows."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Comfy seats."

Elizabeth L., CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Seating is excellent. Noise level is high due to the design defect of the window enclosure. Over time the front part of window support weakens and must be squeezed with pliers to reduce noise level. An annoyance. Then ride is very good considering the car is 16 model years old."

R A., GA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The seating and steering wheel adjustments leave my comfort to be desired. My wife drives the Subaru so it is not a real problem and I drive my Ford which is a larger car."

Evelyn N., MD (2001 Subaru Outback)

Value

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)

"Best value of any car I have ever owned."

Joseph F., ND (2001 Subaru Outback)

"not many problems considering the type and extent of use over all these years. the car was used for daily commute from NY to NJ and parked outside for 10 years. During that time it was used also used for road trips regularly. Since 2011 it was not used for commuting but city driving and road trips including to FL yearly for 5 years. Exterior in excellent condition and no rust. Has been garaged for last 5 years."

Anonymous, MA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"This car has had few problems so is very reliable. We will drive it until it dies. The hatchback is so handy to have."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"If you bought it now it would be cheap and still have 100,000 Miles to run."

Anonymous, PA (2001 Subaru Outback)

"You will have very little if any problems with the outback if you have it serviced as noted in your manual"

Arthuracollins C., NC (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Very happy with quality to price"

Daniel H., NY (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Purchased this vehicle in April 2001 and have put over 235,000 miles on it. Of course it has depreciated a lot in value...that is to be expected. It has been an amazingly dependable vehicle with lots of room for my Costco runs and carrying my four dogs."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Subaru Outback)

"The car just won't quit. A great vehicle. I'd like to update for newer technology & safety features but design features are constantly changing. These cars are becoming very popular and their prices are rising proportionally. Nice to have a car paid for."

Joel K., MI (2001 Subaru Outback)

"We purchased two Outbacks new in 2001 and they are both still in the family and going strong. We gave our Outback wagon to an adult child and it went to Alaska for 7 years."

John L., OR (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent car.."

Anonymous, CO (2001 Subaru Outback)

"Great car for 16 years! Recent problems only routine replacements due to age(axles, belts, etc). Has responded well in accidents, including hitting a deer at 70mph on interstate and being being broadsided front right by a light truck in first year of use."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Subaru Outback)

Styling

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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