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The all-wheel-drive, SUV-like Outback is a Subaru Legacy sedan or wagon with added ground clearance that's suitable for the dirt or snow. The 2.5i is a bit sluggish; the 2.5-liter engine gets a horsepower boost for 2006. The XT with the turbo engine is quick, but fuel economy suffers. Handling is agile and the responsive steering has good feel. The ride is supple, controlled, and quiet. The Outback tends to slide its rear end at its cornering limits. Stability control would help this, but ESC is only available on the costly 6-cylinder VDC model.

See Reliability page for the latest 2006 Subaru Outback recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2000. ESC available in 2001, standard from 2009. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005.

Road Test

The Subaru Outback is a raised AWD wagon. It's a good alternative to an SUV and features a rich, nicely detailed interior. The Subaru rides comfortably and handles better in normal driving than its forebear. When pushed to its limits however, the Out...

Highs

  • Steering, ride, fit and finish, controls.

Lows

  • Acceleration, braking, at-the-limit handling, rear seat.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (250 hp)