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 Outback can abruptly slide its rear end if the driver goes into a turn too fast. Steering, ride, fit and finish, controls. Acceleration, braking, at-the-limit handling, rear seat.
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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

"This is a very reliable car"

FRANK G., NJ (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The last of Subaru's "Sport Wagons". The 6 cylinder is a good choice. It is not the turbo but works well. Handling is very good. Would not know I was driving a wagon. Very quiet and comfy. Love the manual option on the transmission."

JERRY W., MO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Fantastic in the snow or conditions with poor traction, very secure feeling when driving."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"It has great acceleration. It is fabulous in the snow."

ELLIOTT R., MA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"I have found that the 2.5lt motor is somewhat underpowered for any off road travel."

GEORGE C., NV (2006 Subaru Outback)

"It's not super fast, unless your in the snow then it will beat anything on the road best car I've driven in the west Michigan winters, also able to take it off road into places other all wheel drive vehicles can't make it to"

STEVE L., KY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The car has great pickup and is great in the snow. Subaru are one of the most owned cars in Door County Wisconsin."

RALPH B., WI (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Not the fastest horse on the track, but this car has the torque you need to get through traffic. The 5-speed transmission shifts firmly and the clutch still grabs at 102k miles. The handling is neutral with a slight tendency to understeer. The AWD system in the Subaru is one of the top 3 in the business."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Subaru Outback)

"This car handles very well. Picks up speed well & there is no problem. Like I have had it forever!!"

SARAH H., PA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration poor, but I'm satisfied with it."

KEVIN S., NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Turns easily; easy to park; handles well in snow and wet roads."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Great handling in water conditions especially with 4 snows."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent handling on snow and ice."

D P., NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The accelerator pedal on this car is difficult to use when you are trying to accelerate slowly and smoothly, either forward or in reverse. It makes for a jerky, at times uncontrolled, jump. It seems to be engineered for fast, jack-rabbit starts. Not pleasant."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Drives like a luxury car"

CHARLES C., VA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"good -- see previous comment"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise is annoying. Seating space seems smaller than our 1996 Outback."

GARY C., WA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The rear seats are uncomfortable in that there is no foot room on the floor."

J A., ME (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Climate control is irritating. I get the temp I like, but it gets warmer or cooler depending on the speed I'm driving, so I'm constantly fiddling with it to stay comfortable. I wishi it would simply maintain the interior temp to whatever I have it set for."

KATHLEEN S., AZ (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are comfortable and worked great till we had kids now we have to push front seat so far forward it is uncomfortable for front seat passengers to fit in with the car seat in the back."

Anonymous, ID (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Seat Belt consistently tore seat covers, got tangled up many times, did not rewind many times."

Anonymous, DE (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The legroom in both front and back are tiny. A normal person can't even sit for long periods of time in the back seat. Terrible."

MELLISSA R., CO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"limited leg room in back seat"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The seats, despite the fact that they are very adjustable, just aren't comfortable for long drives for either the driver of passenger. They're too firm/not very padded"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The front seats are very comfortable. Firm and supportive with multi adjustments."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The seat is limited in accommodating tall people. Uncomfortable for long journeys."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"a bit bouncy ride"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The 2006 Outback was not the best design. The footwell for driver and front passenger are narrower than we had in our 2001 Outback, and a bit of cargo space was lost in the back due to inward sloped styling. The seats are not the most comfortable - on road trips they get uncomfortable faster than other cars we've owned."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Subaru Outback)

"we live in a mountenous and dry area and our warn seats come in handy during the ski season, the car is easy to handle in the snow"

WILLIAM O., NV (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Brake shoes rattle. Can be fixed but it comes back. Beginning to hear wheel bearing noise. Three of them have been replaced."

ALFRED F., FL (2006 Subaru Outback)

"AC is not sufficient at times. Comfortable seats, acceptable noise level"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"WE bought this car to keep for 10 years or more. We spent the extra money on the Subaru because we wanted a reliable car that would last. However, it has had numerous problems from CV boot replacements, engine seals (oil leaks), electrical problems, rear suspension. In years 9 and 10 we have spend $4000 CAD on repairs. I did not expect this from a Subaru. However, our next car will be a Subaru because i want the AWD for the area we live in Canada."

JEFF H., ON (2006 Subaru Outback)

"On long trips the seats begin to be uncomfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"This isn't a bad car but it has a lot of road noise on the highway and is not very comfortable on long drives"

TERI H., NV (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The seat belts on the several Subarus I have owned are lousy. They commanly fail to retract; this leaves them to block door opening, get dirty from door grease etc. The dealer failed to correct the problem and acknowledges that the seatbelts are a problem."

DONALD A., ME (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The front seat headrests were dreadfully uncomfortable -- I replaced with them with small ones quickly."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Subaru Outback)

"I have found the seats to be uncomfortable for a longer drive. May be due to my getting older, but I want a different car for that reason."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Subaru Outback)


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

What Owners Say

"We have 150,000 miles on it and have had only wear repairs, brakes, tires, and battery. This year we just had the head gasket replaced and timing belt replaced."

RALPH B., WI (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Repair bills have been high. Cylinder head gaskets were leaking oil and had to be replace at a major expense. Internet research shows that Subaru is having many cylinder head gasket leakage problems and has not owned up to the problem. I have owned cars since the 1960's and cylinder head gaskets were a problem on cars built in the 50's and 60's but pretty much disappeared after that time. How this is not a NHTSA safety issue is beyond me."

BARBARA W., OH (2006 Subaru Outback)

"A 10 year old vehicle that looks & handles as well as mine does is a good value in my opinion."

ROSALIE E., FL (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Great car, no real problems since 2006. people in mountain regions would be happier with bigger engine. good value, end of year price was right."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"I liked everything about this car except for some expensive repairs around 100,000 miles, including leaky head gasket and replacement of timing belt."

JON B., MA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"head gaskets can be a problem"

Anonymous, NM (2006 Subaru Outback)

"I bought a package with only a few options and don't find it lacking."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"oil leak caused engine failure"

CHRISTOF S., CO (2006 Subaru Outback)

"The car has managed to hold up an additional 4 years beyond the last payment."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Several wires in the wiring harness to the rear tailgate on my Outback wagon broke requiring expensive repairs to the wiring."

JAMES S., CA (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Great Value for the price. I bought the car used from a private citizen with low miles. Very few problems other than routine maintenance."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent ride, good gas mileage, and SAFETY. All for what I still think was a reasonable price. Let me say that we have put many many miles on the FIVE Subarus we have owned. I love this car!"

R U., CO (2006 Subaru Outback)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Needs air vents in the back seats. Needs more comfortable seats. Needs more competitive styling in the interior."

ANITA S., FL (2006 Subaru Outback)
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