The Subaru Outback has a quiet cabin, a spacious rear-seat and a capacious cargo area. Handling is good in routine driving, but clumsy when pushed to the limits. With its four-cylinder engine and CVT, the Outback gets very good fuel economy for this class. Acceleration is just adequate, though, and the engine can be noisy when it's pressed. The optional six-cylinder engine is quieter and quicker, though less fuel efficient.
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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

"The acceleration lags and is slow on the Outback."

KIMBERLY V., WI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"On the highway, in distinction from in town/city, we average 30-37 mpg."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"This is the first year of the redesigned outback. Ordered the v6 because I didn't like the CVT transmission in the four cylinder. The six cylinder has tremendous acceleration, but the hesitation in the electronic programming for the throttle is disconcerting during a rolling stop. There is also suspension noises coming from the from end when going over bumps, which has been checked at the dealership a few times only to be told that everything is tight. Not impressed."

THOMAS D., NH (2010 Subaru Outback)

"I like the CVT transmission. It feels more powerful than I would expect for a 4 cylinder engine."

JAMES P., MI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"I am a nurse and have to get to work no mater how bad the weather is. This care has gotten me to where I need to be every time."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is not great when there are 4 adults in the car when merging on the highway. Have to really press the gas pedal down to get up to speed quickly. Handling on non-smooth roads makes the car bounce all over. Have to grab a hold of the wheel tightly."

RICHARD L., NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Sense of safety on the road. Handles well, solid frame, all wheel drive protects occasional need to divert to muddy roadside, seats high enough for good visibility"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"It lacks good acceleration but handles well & gets good mileage."

WILLIAM M., CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Suspension just right for my driving. Acceleration, well, I miss the turbo in my 2005 Outback, but not having to use premium gas. I want the mileage, or I'd get the 6 cylinder."

CAROL A., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The 2010 Outback's suspension system makes it difficult to fell 100% in control when turning. The backend of the car feels like it is going to give-out and slides in the opposite direction of the turn."

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback)

"we have had recently, lots of vibration and had read about this happening.We've taken it into the dealer twice and they say they can't find anything wrong with it. However, the vibration (which is not constant) continues to happen."

Anonymous, IA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"It gets me where I want to go in the snow."

CARL S., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Room inside Ease to drive Good mileage"

ROBERT C., AZ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"good handling"

LARRY S., PA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"just love the oerall vehicle except the styling like the 2005 and 2006 body style of oduback wagon"

LARRY B., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Drives great in the snow without chains, the AWD works wonders and saves major time not having to deal with chains."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Its winter/snow/bad weather performance is superb."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Cornering and handling could be improved. Reduce road clearance by 2 inches ?"

CHRIS T., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Handling. I live at 7,600 ft. on East side of Rocky Mountains. Roads coming down from this elevation are very curvy with many sharp turns. Had WRX/STI rear stabilizer bar installed by Dealer($250 parts and labor) greatly improving handling, mainly understeer. Can only do this on 2010-12 models."

GEORGE M., CO (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Good acceleration with the 4 cylinder engine and CVT transmission. Handles well on snow and ice. Downside is a nagging shimmey in the steering wheel at highway speeds that the dealer was never able to rectify."

ROBERT W., VA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent pickup speed and superior handling. I feel comfortable and secure in this vehicle in all driving conditions in the Pacific Northwest."

MENA Q., WA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The 2.4 L engine and manual transmission are inadequate for the heavier weight of the larger 2010. I've had the clutch replaced twice. I've had the transmission rebuilt twice also."

JEFF W., CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The only problem I had was that I did not realize how wide it was, which causes problems in parking"

TOM J., OR (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Superb acceleration and handling under the most dangerous conditions."

JACK L., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"4 cylinder has great acceleration and gets good gas mileage."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Good - Highway MPGs. Visibility Bad - Weak acceleration. Sloppy handling. Steering wheel vibration at around 55 MPH"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"not a big fan of CVT engines. too noisy although the newer ones are quieter. I will test drive maybe a 2017 outbavk to determine engine noise of cvt."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"We opted for the 6 cylinder engine because we live in the mountains and need the power for uphill driving. AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE the higher clearance, as it makes it much easier to get in and out of the car as well as handling dirt roads."

SUSAN C., NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"acceleration is sluggish. It doesn't handle as beautifully in automatic as it does in gear"

CLAUDIA S., CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"slow acceleration as compared to the 2013"

ARTHUR G., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"We had his and her Porsches (911/CayenneS). Because our Subaru has a flat 6 engine just like my old 911, the lower center of gravity makes handling similar to Porsches!!! We lent this car to our daughter and she raves about the acceleration and handling."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"evan after 6+ year the car handles very will. the 3.6R engine is very responsive"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Outback)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"This is a very reliable car, with no operational issues at all. However, the ride is harsh, and there is a lot of road noise, except on new and smooth asphalt."

ROBERT E., WA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Due to the side bolsters the seats are uncomfortable for my wife, as are the rear seats for myself & my son. acceleration & braking not as good as I would like. Some of the issues have been resolved in 2016. The audio, phone system is to complicated for spouse. I only drive it when necessary, handles very well even when over max 900 lb load except for braking & acceleration, cornering etc ok. Need to increase max load to 1,100-1,200 lbs & only comfortable for 4. Need to eliminate the drive line"

WILLIAM M., CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Seats can be easily adjusted for comfort and those riding in the back seats are always comfortable."

JOAN R., MD (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The AC cycles in and out, and when I say out I mean it goes from cold to tepid. I don't think this is a defect. I suspect this is due to a deliberate design decision. Either way it is very, very annoying. Also, vent placement and adjustment could be better."

M H., OH (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The ride is very comfortable but The air conditioner is weak"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are very comfortable and adjustable, but the car does get quite a bit of road noise."

BETTY S., VA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"the one thing that bothers me is the climate is very poor. On a hot (80's) day i can have the a/c on full blast and i'm still warm. It's also a very loud fan. The only other complaint i have about this car is the low beams are very low, and yes i have had them replaced. They just don't shine very far or wide at all."

LESLIE D., PA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"can drive 8 hours to Maine with no pain, seats are very supportive.. Noisy only if I insist on opening windows. Ride is great over dirt roads in Maine, far better than my daughter's Jeep."

CAROL A., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Passenger seat is low and cannot be raised."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Driver's seat uncomfortable on long trip"

JAMES G., ME (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The Subaru is primarily my wufes car. I need meow leg room to drive comfortably."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback)

"seats.ride, and climate control"

RICHARD T., MI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Although we have leather seating, the seats are somewhat narrow and result in our legs going to sleep if driven very long. It often feels as if we are sitting on the seat frame."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Base model seat height adjustment is very clunky and sinks over time. Window controls need auto up/down for both driver and passenger"

DARLA A., IN (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Driver's seat adjusts so that I can make small changes to allow for long drives. A little change can make a big difference."

MENA Q., WA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"seats are too hard"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The seatbelt isn't comfortable. It doesn't seem to be properly placed when it is in use."

KATHY T., TX (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Just got safety recall for passenger airbag. Until parts are available Subaru says don't use the front passenger seat."

BRIAN D., MA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"I am 5 feet is built for a basketball player. Can't see over the head rests to the rear, door opens so wide in a wind that I nearly fall out of the car reaching to close it, temp,gas,time all out of sight in the daytime in slot buried under the windshield"

NANCE R., OK (2010 Subaru Outback)

"4 wheel drive is great not the styling comfort and i am 6 feet tall no problem easy to work on"

LARRY B., NJ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The seats are not comfortable. I have to take a break after about an hour on a trip. I won't buy another Subaru."

Anonymous, MT (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are really not that comfortable"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Outback)

"floor fans are inadequate cloth seats are uncomfortable"

SAM E., MA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The road noise is more then I would like it to be"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Front seats could be longer to better support long legs. Front passenger seat could have had a height control to make it more comfortable for a tall person."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Well made car"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"safety and cargo room"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Exceptionally stable with firm control. Excellent handling on slick roads. Quality construction Stable in highway speed manuevering."

DONALD H., NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The passenger seat lacks adjustments provided on the driver seat. Air conditioning is weak on hot days. Thanks for the telescoping steering column! Thanks for the generous leg room. Luggage area could be wider as wheel wells intrude significantly."

Anonymous, OR (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Wind and road noise are louder than I would like."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Vehicle does not blow A/C air while idling. Subaru says that is normal...not in my Camry! Vehicle is not quiet when on the interstate. You can hear a lot of road noise (i.e. every time the car goes over a joint in the concrete...thump, thump, thump.) Seats are comfortable."

DEBBIE W., MI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The AC is good but not great - in the hottest days of Florida it struggles to keep the car cold"

ROBERT M., FL (2010 Subaru Outback)


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

What Owners Say

"Style Mileage"

ROBERT C., AZ (2010 Subaru Outback)

"We bought the vehicle new, it has 89,000 miles and, except for routine maintenance, we have only had to replace one bulb."

DONALD S., NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Reliable, safe, everything works"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"zero repairs ( except tires and brake pads) in 60k"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Exceptionally good gas mileage, very responsive dealers, a solid, reliable car."

CHERYL C., MI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"good looking, comfortable reasonable mileage"

RICHARD T., MI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent value and good in all weather and very good cost of operation"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"all aspects of the car are better than I thought...I really like this drives up and down mountains, does well on dirt roads, does well in bad weather, is roomy and comfortable, I take it to 11,000 feet elevation, deep into the prairie, hall rocks and go hunting and fishing in the Rocky Mts. it goes where I do, with ease."

MILES E., WY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Got a strippy model as far as electronics and wish had gone for more features"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Very low operating costs. Expect good resale."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Still amazed at the amount of storage in this vehicle. We have had multiple comments from others in disbelief about how much we can pack/haul when traveling or transporting gifts/groceries. It's like Mary Poppin's purse!"

JUSTIN-KATRINA J., IA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"We thought long and hard about buying this car. I wanted to minimize our system costs and this car did not disappoint me. Again, aside from routine maintenance, we've had NO serious expenses with it. The bonus is that I can haul some pretty long pieces of wood in it, reconfigure the seats and go to a concert that evening. That is to say, it's both utilitarian and spiffy. When we first took delivery of it, I rarely saw other Subies in the concert hall parking lot, Now we see lots of them. The sec"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Great car, good fuel mileage, and reliable but the paint scratches very easy. Even the Subaru dealer said it is soft paint."

JOHN R., UT (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent value. Solid depndable car, great mileage."

DAVID C., MA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"I bought this 2011 car used in 2013 with 5000 miles on the odometer. I figure that I saved $25000 off the price of a new one. I figure on keeping this car at least 10 years and 150,000 miles, maybe more."

ROBERT W., VA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"A great deal"

EDWIN M., IL (2010 Subaru Outback)

"Extremely Versatile, good gas mileage, all wheel drive vehicle"

KEITH L., CA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"excellent, best vehicle have owned"

JERRY A., NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"good for snow, 1 headlight has gone out 3 times resulting in being stopped by police3 times, mileage no longer good enough, CD player frequently won't work, clock radio, emergency light and seat lights are in bad places"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Outback)

"I paid $31000 for a 3 year old used car. Unfortunately, I particularly wanted that year, color, and model, but it was still too high cost for a used mid-price car."

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"everything, great vehicle, best ever owned."

JERRY A., NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"We like our roof rack"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Outback)

"beautiful vehicle"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Subaru Outback)

"The fabric seats are stained and unattractive, even though I invested in the dealer's fabric protectant at the time of purchase."

STEPHANIE S., NY (2010 Subaru Outback)

"It is 6 years old. It seems to be older."

THOM K., WV (2010 Subaru Outback)

"A little too "tall" compared to our previous Outback. Made our older Yakima bike roof mounts hard to reach. Side view mirrors would not bend in as in older Outback. Later found out Subaru only changed this feature for one year due to consumer complaints re: this issue!"

JAMES S., NC (2010 Subaru Outback)


Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Outback)

"I like the design of the strip running beneath the doors and the overall look of the vehicle."

DONALD S., IN (2010 Subaru Outback)
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