More than just a wagon, the Outback is an intriguing alternative to a traditional midsized SUV. It has more cargo space than most seemingly larger competitors, less thirst for fuel, and a lower price. Functionally, it does everything most midsized SUVs can do -- except tow a heavy load. Subaru has split the difference between a wagon and a crossover, creating a winning combination.
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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

"A 260-horsepower V6 combined with AWD makes the Outback much more fun to drive than any other family SUV I've tested. It doesn't feel labored on the highway like smaller SUV's with under 200-hp at speeds above 70, and it has deceptive acceleration from 20-50 mph which is over 80% of my driving. But what I really want to talk about here is the single most important feature in me getting this car and something I won't live without in any family car I get in the future: Adaptive Cruise Control. Co"

STEVEN W., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Poor performance on dirt washboard roads. Noisy and compromised handling."

DOROTHY A., ME (2016 Subaru Outback)

"safety features eg. warning systems"

E C., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This Subaru drives exceptionally well. It's smooth and has great handling. The iSight safety features are impeccable, helping to ensure that the car is at a safe speed, within the lines, etc. Makes changing lanes and driving in Atlanta traffic a breeze. The iSight intelligent cruise control also makes road trips MUCH easier. Highly recommend."

MICHELLE M., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Noticable hesitation in engagement of CVT when shifting from reverse to drive. Don't notice any slippage underway in reverse or drive however."

RICHARD H., NM (2016 Subaru Outback)

"acceleration is sluggish and cruise control manipulates the throttle back and forth a lot on hills"

GREG D., SK (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Amazing turning radius. Handles roads well in all road conditions, particularly when cornering. Feels very safe and swift on twisting roads. Great visibility, which is slightly worse for very tall drivers (6'3" or over."

JANNEKE J., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"4 cylinder engine feels underpowered considering the size/weight of the vehicle."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration for the 4 cylinder engine could be better."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Absolutely no steering feel to the car. tedious on long trips because of this."

NELSON E., NM (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Lots of plastic rattles"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Stumbles on initial acceleration. Will have dealership look at it during 6k checkup."

SHARON H., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"the v6, 3.6L, provides great acceleration and no problem with the handling."

P L., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"both very good"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Poor emergency acceleration, when even partially loaded, to the point of being unsafe. The turbocharged 4 cylinder should be an option in this vehicle in addition to the 6 cylinder, as it is in the Forester. Handling is very good but the ride quality with one passenger is harsh and abusive, causing the dash, door panels and all door frames and gaskets to rattle and squeak on just about all road surfaces. With less than 4000 miles the body and interior panels/dash rattles and squeaks exceed m"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The excellent safety features assist in handling."

JEROME K., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Generally good, but it could use more torque for acceleration, better brakes for faster stopping, and a firmer suspension and lower ground clearance for better inroad handling. Off road performance is unnecessary 99.9% of the time for me."

WILLIAM J., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"A little difficult to keep in a straight line while driving on freeway as if steering is in sport mode. Must concentrate to keep it straight. Need to have it checked by dealer."

HAL B., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Took awhile to master the accelerator - it has a lot of tension which you have to get used to otherwise it jerks a bit. Other than that, it is easy to maneuver, and as I have the adaptive cruise control, I have had great highway experiences, as the car adapts quickly and yet smoothly when someone jumps over in front of me."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It's a 4 cylinder with great acceleration and handling especially on curves. I love the adaptive cruise, blind side and rear notifiers and rear camera."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Consumers recommended the 6 cylinder and it exceeds our expectation. Highway pull outs are swift and smooth and handling quick and agile. Car feels like it is hugging the road and very smooth. It drives like a heavy luxury car with agility and controlled maneuvering. Thank you for the recommendation because it went against our frugal selves."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Transmission takes at least three seconds to shift from reverse to drive after the shift lever is moved. I've gotten honked at by other cars I've been blocking because the transmission doesn't engage quickly. Very annoying!!"

Anonymous, WY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Adaptive cruise control is AWESOME. Based on this experience, every car I get from now on will have this feature."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The only complaint I have about this vehicle is the lackluster acceleration. While not terrible, there is a noticeable difference between this vehicle and our others."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The ride is very jerky. It downshifts suddenly when coasting, but inconsistently, leading to sometimes being jerked, and sometimes not. But being a CVT, there shouldn't be ANY actual "shifting", or at least not enough to feel jerky. I'll say I noticed this on past Outbacks I had rented, but during numerous test drives didn't notice this, and figured they had fixed it. It's even worse coming from a manual, but I've driven many other automatics that don't jerkily downshift while coasting."

ERIK B., DC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Subaru Outback provides quite good acceleration. While there wasn't a category for the Eyesight feature, I wanted to comment that it was my first experience with semi-automated driving beyond cruise control. The eyesight cameras and algorithms do a remarkable job providing variable cruise control, performing great on trips and even usable around town in heavy traffic. The collision warning feature is very good - the salesperson demonstrated the feature to us on an open road, clearly Subaru h"

JIM M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"CVT transmission may produce better gas mileage but delays acceleration unless in manual mode. Handling is very secure both on normal paved roads and poor (gravel/snow/ice) surfaces."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Subaru Outback)

"In the 95 Volvo which was replaced by the Subaru and the 76 Mercedes which we still drive the steering is precise and accurate and one feels connected to the road. Not so in the Subaru. It is very easy to oversteer which can made driving more stressful. One reason is that the steering wheel diameter in the older cars was larger allowing small corrections in steering to beamed more accurately."

FREDRICK S., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"car handles great, much quicker than the CR review said it was... totally exceeds my expectations"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Definitely better than our previous LEXUS & Infinity SUVs we have owned!!!"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"a little sluggish at times"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Smooth,stable handling with tight steering. Acceleration with 3.6 is excellent and inspires confidence"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Slow to accelerate. Problem with the type of transmission. it goes backwards rather than forward on starting. Took it to the dealer. Said it was the type of transmission. Very annoying and dangerous. I am afraid in a parking garage, I am going to hit the car behind me."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Eyesight option and the Adaptive cruise control are great."

U S., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"My 2016 Outback is equipped with the 3.6R six cylinder engine, acceleration is good but could be better. Handling is very good for a wagon."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I was surprised at the pick up. Very satisfactory for a small engine"

JERRY C., IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I bought the larger 3.6 engine which is better matched to the weight of the vehicle and performance is very good for an AWD vehicle. The engine is very quiet and does not have to work hard with the CVT. The CVT is very intelligent in mountain driving for climbing or breaking assist."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Amazingly good acceleration in routine driving for a vehicle that averages 28mpg and gets 33 mpg on a trip."

GREGORY G., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Eyesight is a technology every car should have! It makes driving much safer. We have no complaints about how the car drives, pick up, etc."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Nice acceleration and much improved handling - navigation reset can only be conducted when stopping car, very small temperature font - Info Screen difficult to read when sunny - strong glear."

NINO D., VT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration and handling are superior to other products. Good value for the money."

SAMUEL L., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Outback with a 4 cylinder engine is a bit under powered at highway speeds. It is fine in local driving conditions but at 70 mph is downshifts and struggles up hills and has little acceleration left for passing. I should have bought a 6 cylinder and will consider the Outback with the bigger engine next time I'm looking for a new vehicle."

FRANK L., NV (2016 Subaru Outback)

"3.6 engine has plenty of power. Ride handling and turning radius are excellent."

JAMES B., IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Love, love the safety devices that make me feel super safe even in heavy traffic."

SYDNEY H., CT (2016 Subaru Outback)


PAUL J., MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Suspension was poor from beginning, ie, car "swims" side to side when hitting bump or hole in road."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Handles extremely well - very secure, especially in corners. Acceleration NOT GOOD. Sluggish and effortful, slow to get to cruising speed. Passing is a little better, but still not great"

SCOTT A., MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"As a 4 cylinder, acceleration is a shortcoming. For this reason most people buy the Outback 6. But since I live in a semi-rural area, the relatively good gas mileage makes up for it."

WILLIAM A., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Love how well and how quickly it corners, and find the 4 cylinder more than adequate - glad I didn't spend the extra $ on the 3.5"

WILLIAM B., ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Blind spot detector is great, use it constantly."

SAMUEL M., KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Terrific cornering."

STANLEY B., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great acceleration - getting on the freeway never a problem. Turn radius is amazing. I love the warning system when backing up as it lets me know if a person or vehicle is near me."

CARIN M., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Handling is OUTSTANDING. The 2.5 engine is somewhat underpowered for the body weight. However fuel economy is terrific, which mitigates the lackluster acceleration."

BRIAN G., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Continuous Variable Transmission "downshifts" and the engine RPM increases a lot even when trying to just accelerate slightly. The end result is OK, but this is a disconcerting sound and feeling."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Responsive steering, but lackluster acceleration"

DILLON Y., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"pouring rain, hilly windy roads late at night - handled excellently, hugged the road - best that I have experienced"

ROBERT S., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very responsive steering. Great suspension. Acceleration/deceleration is not real smooth at very low speeds."

ROBERT S., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This vehicle handles better than many sedans especially on windy roads which is surprising when it is so high off the ground. We bought this for our other home that is 5 miles back a dirt road. It drives just like on a paved road. Much better than 4 wheel drive or tryiong to drive a car back there."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Poor acceleration for a 3.5L 6 cylinder Steering is very dead especially near center GPS/nav/audio is poorly designed Voice command for GPS/Nav/Audio is pretty much a joke They should just use siri"

KENNETH G., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Does not accelerate as well as our Toyota RAV4 . Still getting used to the Eyesite feature. It does make me a safer driver, but it can be annoying when it tries to control my stopping too soon."

GARETH B., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The 4 cylinder engine could stand more power It need low gears to climb any hill"

J H., KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Love the car. New style transmission is great but too slow off the line. Milage handling are great"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Love the adaptive cruise control on the highway and the Advoidance Braking. Will surely get this on any future cars."

JACK B., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I was worried that it would be under-powered & the CVT would be annoying. I am happy to report I was wrong - while it is no rocket, it has plenty of power for daily use and the CVT is almost unnoticeable"

PAUL K., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Better acceleration than 2013 outback"

SALLY G., MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I feel safe and secure when I drive my Outback like no vehicle I have ever owned before."

EDITH F., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Wanted the 6 cly because we travel up mountain grades. Power is exceptional. Handling has been good too on the mountain curves."

JOHN M., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The suspension system is not as smooth or compliant as the Toyota Sienna we had."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Reviews said acceleration was sluggish, but I find it very quick, again when compared my former car, 99 4Runner. Perhaps all-wheel drive is difference. Handling is responsive. I find my 2009 Mini Convertible staying in the garage more."

ROBERT T., MO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This car handles precisely and securely, for a comfortable and safe driving experience."

MARGARET P., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Turning ratio. It turns on a dime."

TONY F., MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The four cylinder engine with CVT provides excellent acceleration from a stop or at intermediate speeds."

HAROLD S., IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It has the flat 4 boxer-style engine but accelerates as well as my previous V-6 Honda Accord. Handling has been very good although the steering is a little more "twitchy" compared to my prior Honda. I haven't driven it enough in bad weather to state how well the 4-wheel drive responds. If the weather is really bad, e.g. snow, I usually drive my RAM in 4-wheel drive mode."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"For a boxer engine not very quick"

CHARLES M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is adequate, however it does leave a little to be desired for merging onto highways."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is a hesitation when first accelerating."

SUE E., CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We have a 3.6 liter. What a difference vs the 4 cylinder!"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I climb and descend a mountain road daily for work. My round trip is 98 miles and transitions from a low of 2000 feet to a high of nearly 8500 feet. In the summertime it ends with desert tempatures that pass 115 degrees and in the winter mornings often begin below 0 on the mountain with snow. I have never missed a single day of work due to snow, and have never needed my chains since I purchased my Outback early Dec 2015. I have passed many cars installing/removing chains, or stuck due to the lac"

JON B., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Before purchasing, I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews. Some people complained about sluggish acceleration with the 4 cyl engine & cvt. I find that under normal conditions, the acceleration is fine, but I may change my opinion after an upcoming trip through hilly country. So far, with only 2000 miles, I am happy with the power and fuel economy of about 30 mpg, driving with the A/C on 100% of the time."

DENNIS M., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is no "slow take off" with transmission in the 6 cylinder version. It bucks like a horse that's just been spurred."

JOSEPH C., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration from a stop up a hill is very poor."

THOMAS M., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"See previous response as both cars are identical."

CHARLES P., CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"4 cylinder engine is not great at accleration. Needs a turbo engine."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Poor excelleration, lousy gas mileage, not even close to what I was told."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Accelerator is way too sensitive. Too much of a lag before transmission engages between gears (can result in some "drift" until the trans engages)."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Safety features are exceptional, Eyesight and several warning signals."

JOHN S., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This is my 4th Subaru Outback and previously I purchased the 6 cyl.. This time I bought the 4.5cyl and I am pleasantly surprised with the acceleration and handling."

NANCY V., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The eyesight has prevented many a close call while accelerating and merging on to the freeway when others are in the blind spot. Makes merging a breeze."

COLLEEN C., NV (2016 Subaru Outback)

"A little slow off the line"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Happy I bought the v6..acceleration valuable in passing and merging."

MARTIN A., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"3.6 has good power. very smooth and a great driving experience"

REX C., NH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"All wheel drive in a heavy snowstorm is excellent. The major reason that I traded in my excellent 2008 pacifica."

WILLIAM H., MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The car is very easy to drive. It almost drives itself."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"handles like a CAR"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Eyesight adaptive cruise control is really nice"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Peppie and firm control"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Subaru's fly-by-wire accelerator is based on a linear taper curve rather than an audio tape curve, which makes the lower range of the pedal very touchy. Also, the cruise control on the 2016 is quite poorly designed, with additional 5mph "bumps" (!)(?) that are non-functional in the real world."

TIM S., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Mileage, styling, features, safety, space, handling"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is weaker than previous Forester. Should have at least considered the bigger engine. Handling is fine, but not as crisp as the Forester, but it is a much bigger car"

ERIC R., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"noisy acceleration"

Anonymous, AK (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very responsive and Eyesight increases safety."

CHRISTINE R., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent handling; all wheel drive hugs the road very well. I purchased the anti-crash option (EyeSight) and it's well worth the money. It saved me from a serious crash when another car suddenly pulled in front of me. Also, the cruise control in link with EyeSight keeps me at a safe distance from the car in front. The lane correction feature is great too. I've never been a "car person," a car was just four wheels that took me from one place to another. But the Outback is the first car I have ac"

DONALD B., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Power is ho hum, handling is improved over the '14 but still vague in corners."

RICHARD M., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent handling and accident avoidance safety features plus 5 star safety rating."

FLOYD M., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Electronic power steering gives little feedback. Outback is affected by Midwestern crosswinds. Four-cylinder has good power for most situations, except when an extra boost would be welcome when merging onto busy highways; or passing on two-lanes."

MIKE H., IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I chose this model, over the Forester, because of the much greater towing capacity. With the 2.5L engine, I can barely haul 4 Americans. Forget hauling a real load. So, I will trade this car in on the six cyl model or a different car. And I am a diehard outback lover with 40 years exp as foreign car shop owner. Extremely disappointed."

STEVE S., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Wonderful handling and acceleration"

J R., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Sluggish acceleration. Sometimes slow to shift from reverse to forward"

MARK C., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The four cylinder engine is just a little under-powered, but you can't order the six cyl unless you buy the touring model for considerably more money. Unlike Honda, which allows you to choose engines, Subaru only gives you the four cyl."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The 3.6R six cylinder model has excellent acceleration when fully loaded. We just took the car on a long distance trip and it was great to drive."

IRENE M., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I was skeptical about getting my first car with a CVT. Now that I am used to not feeling the shifts, it's something I no longer think about. I do not drive aggressively, but I feel the acceleration is more than adequate. The overall mileage we have gotten (mostly state roads and around town, with little expressway travel) is 26mpg, which is better than our 2005 Honda Accord (25mpg). I was not sure where to list this, but the adaptive cruise control, which took some getting used to (always co"

JAMES M., CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Eyesight system is amazing. It can keep the car "in lane" around typical highway curves (although it beeps at me if I let it go too long). Self-driving cars are going to be here much quicker than I thought."

TAMARA O., MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is a bit anemic. Not sure I like the notched cvt. Let the CVT be a CVT. Add an optional turbo."

ERIK B., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I was considering the 3.6 6 cylinder engine from consumer reports comments, but the 2.5 more than adequate. And I just got 36 mpg on a longer highway trip!"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This car has great handling and ride on bumpy gravel roads."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I would say that the horsepower for the out back should be around 200."

MACK J., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Initially I was very concerned that the lower horse power was going to be an issue, but I was happy to learn that it wasn't at all."

SCOTT W., MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is fast and reliable, very quiet, and smooth ride which is quite comparable to the higher classes of SUV's."

REIKO M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It does an amazing job in the snow."

CYNTHIA H., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The 2.5 liter pzev engine gets great mileage but acceleration is slower than I'd like. Not so much because of the small engine but because the CVT allows the engine to rev too high when I feel like it would accelerate better at a lower RPM. Letting slightly off the gas for a moment will allow it to "up shift" and accelerate again."

TOM F., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Much better pick up (acceleration) than my 2005 Subaru Outback."

MARTIN R., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I gotta take it back to the dealer to get the MAPS added--or to work.. It can almost get out of its own way. [I drove a Mustang GT before.] It feels pretty safe and snug. Probably gonna be a pain in the ass to make the garage door opener work...."

JOSEPH O., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This car seems to be very responsive on the accelerator."

STEVEN-JOYCE R., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Transmission has smooth shifting and vehicle handles very good with a smooth ride."

Anonymous, MB (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Requires constant tiny adjustments to steering wheel to keep car going straight on a straight and flat highway. Possibly this is due to four wheel drive on the Subaru, as I am comparing the experience to driving two wheel drive cars."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"See previous answer about value."

CHUCKL L., KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Its acceleration is excellent, even though we only got the 2.8L engine."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"great visibility"

Anonymous, NM (2016 Subaru Outback)

"solid feeling very serviceable"

DAVID B., MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"V8 has great acceleration. Handles nbeayutifillt. Wouldn't think you were driving a wagon"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very confident handling in all conditions. This is the best handling vehicle we have owned."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The adaptive cruise control is very useful and adds a margin of safety."

JAMES G., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"CVT works well (no "rubber band" effect). Adaptive Cruise works well"

KEVIN P., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The CV transmissions seems to "hesitate" quite a bit a times (starting from a full stop, when first put into gear from park, etc)."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"always had 6 cylinder....4 cylinder has more noise when accelerating"

LARRY F., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)


Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"great acceleration - handles like a dream"

ROGER C., MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is not perfect but the 3.6 engine is a necessity! This VECHICLE does well & performs in all aspects including mountain driving, as I expected.......this is my 9 th Subaru. I wish it were 4" lower & dispince with the rail roof racks for persons that don't need that item!!"

ROBERT H., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The car sometimes lags when accelerating. The handling is soft. The EyeSight system normally works well but when using the Adaptive Cruise Control it surges when you change lanes, regardless of what is in that lane (car not too far ahead). It also slows (as it should) when approaching another car and beeps but this is often missed and I find I'm following a car going slower than I would like."

JERRY R., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Outstanding handling; acceleration is good (but not great). Really like the collision avoidance warning system and the excellent gas mileage."

BARBARA A., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Adequate acceleration without vibration or noise Handling is rock solid Steering feel is STIFF and road feedback is DEAD"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is quite disappointing in emergency situations."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"smooth, precise, always under control, and safe"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Minor bad item- acceleration from rest is a little jerky due to the CVT transmission. The rest of the time the transmission is fine."

PAUL S., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Acceleration is relatively sluggish."

HERBERT A., WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Considering: 4 cylinder, no turbo, weight of vehicle. It is not the Hemi in our truck and we didn't expect it to be a turbo road car. The only 'issue' to be considered is that the engine does not have full 'OOMPH' until it has warmed up just a bit, maybe just a few miles of driving. It can be a bit hesitant if you expect too much acceleration (getting out in traffic, etc) right after leaving the garage. But under most conditions, it is just what we expected and does very well for the mileage"

FRED F., ID (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Not as stable on the highway as the Avalon - needs more driver attention to keep going in a straight line."

CHARLES M., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Tracks exceptionally well regardless of weather providing excellent excellent control."

MARK B., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"our second subaru with basically tbe same engine. tbis model is significantly heavier and the motor, while adequate, is clearly at the edge"

MICHAEL B., MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Handles great. steers tight for a longer wheel base SUV/Wagon. Comfortable ride."

TRAVIS M., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I bought the 4 cylinder. It lacks the quick acceleration of my old V6."

HARRY N., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The throttle is incorrectly tuned such that it is incredibly touchy at the bottom of the throttle curve. As a result, trying to maintain a constant speed in manual transmission mode at the bottom of the throttle leads to an incredibly jerky ride. It effectively makes manual mode unusable. Additionally, the general steering and handling of the things is squishy and flaccid. The Impreza is way way tighter and more sportslike."

JOHN W., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"acceleration a bit slow engine noise rather thoaty"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I wonder how we ever got along without the Eyesight system."

EDWARD J., WV (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It has forward collision control that is super it keeps the car at a safe distance from the car in front of you and will come to a complete stop when the car in front of you stops. We love it! The lane assist is great it will keep you in your lane if you drift off a little. All cars needs these features."

JORGEN B., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very comfortable on long trips. Firm seats that hold you in a comfortable position. Ride is very good. You can feel the road and how the car is handling. Neither harsh nor soft."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Cvt feels awkward or jerky sometimes. Has a hesitation."

CHRIS M., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Four cylinder has plenty of power plus all wheel drive plus it gets excellent mileage. Handling on curves reminds me of a sports car."

JACK K., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I have the 3.6l , 6 cylinder version which makes a big difference on this vehicle."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It hugs the road bett then any car I have driven. It handle so easily and precise."

STU M., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great drive and value"

JAMES B., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The 2.5 is a bit anemic at take-off, but overall it is a great handling car."

MATTHEW M., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I love the Eyesight features that alert you to cars coming along side of you and behind you. Also the feature that brakes if it feels you are getting too close to the car ahead of you."

CATHARINE K., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The 3.6 option gives a dramatically better driving experience. Well worth the 2 mpg trade off"

G B., ME (2016 Subaru Outback)

"CVT downshift annoying. CVT and engine can be very load during normal acceleration."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"auto cruise controls can get you in trouble by its sudden decelerations. Too many bells and chimes going off."

CARLTON M., ME (2016 Subaru Outback)

"handles well and very good visibility."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I don't tow anything, so I don't need the bigger engine. Very good on the highway or in town"

ROBERT R., ID (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This vehicle is a 2017 model. Recently owned a 2015 2.4l Outback. The difference in power and handlng is amazing. the car is much quieter and the brakes are better."

RICHARD C., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The new anti-collision Eyesight feature is amazing. I drive with cruise control on all the time, even in bumper-to-bumper traffic and I know I'm safer than I am handling the braking myself. All I have to do is steer, so it's almost a self-driving car."

VINCE P., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Car noise is minimal and ride is amazingly smooth, especially when I compare to car it replaced, 1999 Toyota 4Runner."

ROBERT T., MO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seat back folds all the way back (horizonal). I need that because i have a bad back. The leather is done very well."

JOHN H., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are a little short, not comfortable in thigh area"

LARRY B., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I guess in the interests of safety to try and prevent whiplash, the headrests on this (and every 'new' car I've ridden in of late), are designed to be in close contact with or touch the back of the head or neck. I cannot adjusted the rake of the seat and/or the headrest so that my 6' 3" body doesn't touch the headrest in a normal driving position."

CRAIG T., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I have owned many vehicles and this car's seating is the most comfortable of all."

ARLENE L., WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"No seat memory for each user setting"

Anonymous, NV (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats in the Outback Limited are very firm but comfortable. Also you do not slide around on the seats. They feel substantial. The ride is stiff but controlled and very secure. On a smooth road the ride and quiet for this type of vehicle are very nice."

PAUL R., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats comfortable a/c works Ride and noise excellent"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats are uncomfortable for long drives - over a couple of hours."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seat design and position is significantly more comfortable than in previous models. Before the current model, I could not sit in the driver's seat of an Outback without getting a backache. Now the driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The light colored (tan) seats accept color transfer from blue/black jeans. you can take care of it with upholstery cleaner, but you shouldn't have to. This is my 6th car and all had tan/light colored seats. I have never experienced this problem before."

ALEX S., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Head rest is too far forward and hurts my neck on longer trips since my neck is titled forward. However, this is a problem with almost all newer cars because of a change to safety regulations. Drivers who sit upright cannot maintain proper posture. This is an issue that needs to be addressed."

Anonymous, NB (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Living in a warm area of the country, the AC cools the car down super fast. That is a great having."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great ride, good handling"

JOHN W., OK (2016 Subaru Outback)

"On a recent 4000 mile trip, the Subaru performed exceedingly well and was very comfortable. The climate and comfort controls are intuitive and well located to both the driver and front passenger. The ride is quiet and smooth."

PHILIP J., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"No heated steering wheel and cold hands are hard to managed the touch screen in cold weather, no cooled seats to help with hot heats after sitting in the sun. Voic command does not work for Apple iPhone but does work for Android. Not a "learning GPS" system"

MARY C., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are too hard and lack cooling"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The angle of the headrests is incredibly uncomfortable. It's also a fairly noisy ride."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats are an improvement over my '06 Outback; I would like to see them even better. The CVT is a little noisy but very acceptable."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats are adequately comfortable. About what one should expect at the price-point and car class. Not "luxury," but comfortable enough for extended driving"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The only negative about this vehicle is the amount of WIND noise when driving. I have to turn up the radio."

JENNIFER J., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Most comfortable seats of any car we have ever owned for both trips and local driving."

RON F., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"total well thought out interior every thing easy to reach"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The comfort is excellent but the engine noise in the cabin is a bit pronounced."

SUNG A., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Wind noise an issue at high speeds."

ROBB S., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The easy adjustment of the seats for different height passengers is wonderful. It is very easy to be comfortable while driving or riding in this car. The level of road noise is greatly reduced from previous years."

ROWENA W., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I am 6'4" with long legs and this is the first vehicle I have ever owned in which I truly fit well. I do not get fatigued. The Outback is quiet, smooth, and just a joy to drive."

JAMES M., ME (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The ride is a bit rougher than what I expected, particularly over rather small potholes in pavement or on gravel roads. Climate control is good. Seats are comfortable, but leather is rather easily marred and scratched."

THOMAS H., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Multi driver ease to adjust"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Good seats and seating position. Great headroom. Very good back seats with plenty of leg room. Doors open wide for easy access. Floor level relatively low even with its exceptional ground clearance, making entry easier."

JAMES B., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Lumbar support is to high in the seat back A/C is weak"

ROBERT H., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great leg room. I am 6'4" tall. A/C is a bit weak. Electric trunk release is tricky and a bit frustrating."

DAVID G., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is an annoying amount of wind noise heard through the driver's side window starting at around 55mph and moreso at higher speeds. The radio volume must be higher especially to hear the spoken word."

THOMAS P., MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The leather seats are to hard! Otherwise the ride is just fine."

HARRY N., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"If you open the roof cover to have just a 'moon roof' the wind noise is almost as bad as if you had the roof open completely. The A/C fan is extremely loud past the 3rd bar on the scale. When I plug in my phone to charge it, the car always assumes I want to play music and will switch from the Sirius/XM radio to my phone's play list and start playing without even giving me the option of picking a different song first."

THERESE C., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is a little bit of wind noise on passenger side around window"

NANCY M., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very comfortable seats fit body contours and back. Good electric controls on driver side. Enjoy dual climate control and max a.c. setting"

ROBERT S., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Weak a/c and heater, especially when defrosting windows and trying to stay warm."

EDWARD B., PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I do a lot of highway driving (33 mph hwy) and the Outback is definitely a lot quieter than the Forester. Must have more insulation from road (tire) noise."

RICHARD L., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"You did' have a choice for Touring outback. Mine is actually a 2017 touring."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats could be more comfortable, but aren't the worst. Climate control (A/C) works fairly well in hot Florida weather"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"lots of wind noise with the windows in the up position especially the front side windows. Takes much longer than my 2013 Outback to start to heat the inside in the morning winter months (garaged car)"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are not as comfortable on long trips as I would have liked."

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We love the heated seats and smart key."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very easy to adjust for ride comfort"

LEO T., RI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are not supportive. Very hard. Reminds me of church pew. Headrest are great though. Seats seem short and flat."

EDWARD T., NV (2016 Subaru Outback)

"only has heated seats available instead of heated and cooled."

TOM N., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seating is quite uncomfortable. More depth needed to support upper leg and more padding needed to ease pain to derriere going over less than smooth roads!.The ride is only comfortable on smooth roads! Wind noise is quite bad but much worse if the weather is windy."

ROSALEEN U., CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The drivers seat is not as comfortable as I would like. and the air conditioning is quite loud"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats to firm"

RICKY W., WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Ride and seats"

FRANCESCO F., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The front passenger seat can only move forward and back. There is no up/down adjustment, nor lumbar support adjustment, as there is for the driver. This was a disappointment when we discovered it."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I like everything about it, pickup could be a little better. I bought this car to replace my 2014 Toyota Corolla that had a mold problem I could not get rid of. Shame on Toyota and their mold problems"

BENJAMIN K., NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Passage seat is low and cannot be raised. Driving position for a short person makes entry to car difficult."

CYNTHIA J., WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seat comfort. ....there are lots of seat adjustments but the padding on the seat itself is thin. The seat is uncomfortable after an hour."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I fell this car can be consider better than some luxury cars."

GARRICK K., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are a little small Tires sound like a basket ball being dribbled. Ride and noise worse that expected . Navigation system very hard to use. CVT makes a growling noise on acceleration."

STEVEN M., IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Eyesight tech. Is amazing. Good ride and quieter the the Forester. Climate control is excellent."

THOMAS F., MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"seat is a little hard"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Quiet and comfortable"

DAVID L., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Carpet in auto is thin and while road noise levels are low compared to other vehicles in the price range the carpet is of less quality. Would have liked to see better quality seats the leather seems to be thin seats and more padding in the seats would make the vehicle more comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Car seats are available in a light color as opposed to black. The CRV silver is no longer available in light color. Very important in most sunny southern states. Noise level much better than the CRV. The big plus that the survey missed is the several driving assist features available. i.e. Lane control, automatic braking, speed control 5 mph increments, expansive rear view camera, side mirror car warnings, etc."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Outback is a very comfortable car. I find it to be extremely noisy. The road noise is especially noticeable. The car gets extremely hot when sitting in the sun. Hotter than any of our other cars. The clock is poorly located and difficult to find/see. Everything else about the car is great. Fun to drive."

HAROLD S., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very quiet & comfortable; can carry on normal conversation without difficulty."

STEPHEN C., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"i have to set the temperature higher than I would expect in order to be warm enough in the car in quite cold weather, like 76 or 77 degrees. The heated seats are too hot even at the lowest setting. Temperature settings are more true for a/c"

RICHARD R., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"long enough seat which is usual in many small cars"

KEVIN K., CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Lots of road noise, makes it difficult to listen to music, etc..."

JOHN W., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Only have 350 miles on it so difficult to make any judgements."

DAN M., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats could be more comfortable."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Drivers seat is okay, but not great comfort."

Anonymous, WY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are not that comfortable and appear to be covered in cheap fabric. Dust stucks to the fabric easily. The road noise is noticeable. The ride is okay."

Anonymous, NL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The front seats are comfortable for shorter trips but for distances over 250 miles the seats become uncomfortable, feeling "hard" and unsupportive. We recently rented a Mazda 6 wagon (very similar to the Outback) and found the seats much more comfotable than those in the Outback."

ROBERT M., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very uncomfortable for long trips."

DAVID G., NM (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Unhappy with the difficulty of getting in and out of the vehicle. Door opening in relation to seats, etc. hard for older citizens to enter and exit. Too crowded."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We purchased the model based on consumers recommendation for comfort and performance, both which were lacking in the 2011 CRV. We spent significantly more on this car than we have ever spent on a new car and are thrilled with the comfort and performance."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The outback was much quiter than we expected and had a great ride. The seats are very comfortable in that they are not to cushoined but firm good seat height. We did not look to buy a luxury drive but definitely got one"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very quiet on inside; easy to have conversation with passengers in back seat. Surprised the doors don't lock themselves when car put into drive."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"seats are not comfortable for long trips."

Anonymous, MT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are very comfortable. Cabin noise needs improvement.."

THOMAS W., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Difficult to reach drivers side seat belt"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seat are uncomfortable on long driving runs.Seems like the seats are too hard and does not have the right support."

SAMUEL L., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"seats are wonderful, somewhat firm, but not hard; A/C works great;very quiet, little road noise nor from bumpy pavement; very comfortable to travel in."

RICHARD O., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are very comfortable. Climate control is fantastic. Ride is a bit rough over speed bumps compared to other cars. Super Loud Car. Air going by the windows is loud and the engine is loud. They need better seals on the windows. I don't know what they should do about engine noise but they need to do something. Also a lot of knocking after we shut off the engine which my husband said is normal and I do not agree."

JULIA B., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I drive between Colorado and Illinois, over 1100 miles each way, and am very satisfied with driver comfort including very low noise and good climate control."

P L., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seating is not as comfortable as it could be. Any long trip over two hours you are ready for a rest."

LOWELL B., MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great Execration for a lower cost. Love the Eyesight!!"

REX C., NH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The driver's seat is extremely comfortable w/low back support. I wish the car were quieter........"

WANDA D., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats are marketed and sold as heated seats. They are not. I have owned 6 autos with heated seats prior. The seats in Subaru barely warm. I am very dissatisfied with this feature as heated seats are essential to my comfort. I have worked with Subaru Corporate on this issue. They are aware of my complete dissatisfaction. If I had known how poorly this feature is designed and functions I would not have purchased this car."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"After visiting every car dealer within 40 miles and a car show,the outback was the only vehicle I was comfortable in, ."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"excellent seats and climate control quiet cabin solid and smooth ride"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seat seems too short. Can't really get comfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"LOVE that seat presets can be controlled by the key used to open the car Dual climate controls for the front seat are great too"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The front passenger seat needs to be electronically adjustable. The seating position is not very comfortable. The shoulder belt design n the driver's seat is terrible for anyone under 5 foot 2 inches. The seatbelt cross right against the neck of a shorter driver, regardless of seat adjustment and belt adjustment.. This may be the one reason I don't buy another vehicle just like this for my spouse. It's too bad, just not well thought out by Subaru."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It's a comfortable car with lots of room. We were able to transport 5 adults plus luggage after a trip. Everyone seemed to be comfortable and really couldn't believe there was enough space for people and luggage. We had 5 carryons, plus personal items."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is some wind noise. Air conditioning has to be run on high in order to cool the hole car. Seats are not the most comfortable."

MURICE B., UT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I like the upright driving position. The care is quiet, I think because of the 6 cylinder engine. Because of these factors I enjoy taking this car on long trips."

BRAD R., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is much better than my 2008 Honda CR-V, which was wrecked. The Subaru is very comfortable and quiet on the road, particularly at high speed."

R C., MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The 6 way drivers seat had a very aggressive lumbar support. I pulled it out and flattened it. It made the seat very comfortable after modification"

ERIC E., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"A little noisy"

STEVEN R., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Lateral support could be better. Hip aches after an hour in seat."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Quiet smooth ride; heated seats for cold weather"

KEVIN P., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Wife thinks front seats are too hard. Climate control best I've ever had. Eyesight make driving in traffic much less stressful. Works well."

DON H., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I don't like the seat backs at all. They are too contoured. I would prefer a faltter seat back."

JOHN H., WV (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Definitely noisier than we anticipated. Hard to hear audio system and conversations because of road and wind noise."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"has road noise, if it is windy, but that might be just the rails. Great vehicle for the money."

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Well thought out comfort"

J R., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"noise level"

Anonymous, NB (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Wish the doors locked automatically. I can't believe that is not a programmable option."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are a bit hard and bottom cushion is short. Ride is very nice though overall."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"radio system is to complicated"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seating and adjustments are easy. Seats are very comfortable and the cabin is quiet."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very comfortable, quiet, easy to drive vehicle"

FRANCOIS L., QC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The adjustable seat for the driver makes the vehicle very comfortable. I can drive for an extended period of time because of the comfort."

EDWARD H., LA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats in the Outback, including the back seats are the most comfortable I have ever experienced in any car I've had since the 1970s."

DENNIS M., SC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We have wind noise on both front windows. The AC vents are not adjustable enough. The air creates moisture on the windows. The resulting fog blocks the blind spot warning lights and the EyeSight cameras. NOT good! I am also gravely disappointed that there is no automatic door locking feature when starting to drive."

VICTORIA R., LA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Visibility is superb, like the electro i.e. Controls for moving the seats to accommodate drivers of different heights, etc"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This is very well put together vehicle. Very comfortable, fun to drive, along with good looking."

DENNIS D., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Passenger seat should have more power adjustments. Ride is comfortable but NOISY. More climate control for the rear area would be nice."

MARY K., MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The ride is quiet, comfortable and handles well. The AC seems to be a bit under powered for hot, sunny weather, thus needing to run the fan at a higher (noisier) level."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Front seed head rest cannot be adjusted properly for tall people in an upright drivind position. Cannot set up stright without pressure on back of head."

JOHN L., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Audio system is great, the comfort can make me drive for hours with out stopping for breaks."

KATRINA H., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The seats are very comfortable after several hours on the road. I live in a hot humid area and the air conditioning system really does a good job of cooling the car. I do wish there was less road noise and engine noise on acceleration with the four-cylinder engine."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Not as comfortable a ride as my ACURA but is fun to drive."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Despite multi-way front power seats, I find it difficult to get a comfortable seating position (I'm tall) that also allows me to have unobstructed forward vision, particularly to the right (even with the rearview mirror up all of the way, it blocks my line of sight to the right. When my wife is riding in the front passenger seat, she finds it uncomfortable because the power seat does not have a height adjustment on the passenger side; she lasts about half an hour before her back starts aching."

GEOFFREY S., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"very satisfied with the overall vehicle"

TOM K., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Engine noise"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seat position,programmable for each driver and memory.Contour and back management."

LALIT P., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very good driving position and outward visibility."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very smooth drivetrain. Roomy and comfortable interior with nice materials."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Climate controls for front driver and passenger sides really don't seem to differ even though the controls are set differently. MAX air conditioner sets temperature to 'lo' and won't let you set a higher temperature. Rear seating has no separate control adjustment"

Anonymous, WY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"drivers seat : lower back of seat too hard. Adjustment to recess L bar further not enough"

JOANN G., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"A bit too much wind noise"

JIM S., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very conformable Ride, noise level nice, when AC on the car vibrates"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"As a tall man I find the seating to be most comfortable. Also, getting in and out is much easier. With respect to seeing the road and seeing me, this is a terrific vehicle."

ROBERT S., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is somewhat noisy compared to previous vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Front passenger seat has an odd angle for the thigh support and cannot be adjusted."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are comfortable. Climate control is temperature based so it maintains constant temperature. Quiet ride."

TONY G., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The driver's seat is very comfortable however the passenger seat lacks lumbar support and I think I can feel the mechanics underneath the seat. I had to put in a "relax the back" seat on top of it to be a comfortable passenger."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is the right combination of comfort and handling. It seems to just reach an optimum balance."

GARY P., KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Loud wind noise from passenger side when driving on freeway, on windy days."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very responsive and user-friendly climate control. Great handling and weather tough car, but also feels luxurious inside."

JENNIFER T., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Wind noise at highway speeds higher then expected or desired."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Heated seats are only warm. Wind noise"

A S., WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The transmission hump in back seat annoys my basketball player grandson. It cuts into his legroom."

NANCIANNE S., ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"one of the best reasons I purchased the 2016 Subaru Outback was the comfort I get when driving. The lumbar support and the quietness of the Subaru is absolutely impressing."

WILLIAM M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great cruiser...spacious...comfortable seats...great sound...very quiet on smooth highway...great, seamless power delivery; however, too jittery over bumps...rattles, sometimes, in steering wheel/gauge cluster area"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats could have a little more padding. I have experienced somewhat better in other comparable vehicles."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Really comfortable seats and excellent HVAC"

STEWARD S., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great seats,very good ride, reasonably quiet for a medium-sized 4 cylinder car. dash vents are very poorly positioned (impossible to keep air from blowing on driver w/o shutting them)"

SCOTT A., MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The heating system is substandard."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are comfortable"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We wanted a new vehicle to replace a 2010 Camry Hybrid, particularly something considerably more comfortable. Went shopping for a Buick LaCrosse or a Hyundai Genesis or perhaps a Chevrolet Impala. Found that the comfort level in this vehicle was almost as good as the Buick, but with a far greater view of the road. Also liked the driver assist technology. We traveled from Wilmington, NC to north of DC completely relaxed, and unaware of the amount of time that had passed."

COLIN A., MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Everything is excellent except that I have a little more road noise than I would have hoped for. Then again, it is a station wagon for all intents and purposes, so it is not a real complaint."

DAVID L., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats are a little stiff on long (longer than 2 hours) trips, but everything else is great. Climate control is great. Ride is smooth and quiet."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Seats more comfortable than previous 2014 Outback"

ADRIAN K., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very comfortable seats, driving position. Engine and road noise is almost nonexistent. Climate control works flawlessly."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The ride is a little bit stiff. There are no rain sensing wind shield wipers. The gas tank filling door is on the right side of the vehicle and I am used to having it on the right side. The release lever for the gas cover door is on the floor under the driver's feet and collects sand and salt snow and water."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is a safety issue reported to Subaru. The brake pedals are at a different height than gas pedal. Hiking shoes and boots with outsoles get caught under the brake pedal interfering with braking. Service managers say Subaru is aware of problem but not notice of intent to fix is known. Considering Subaru's marketing themes of safety and outdoor play, one would expect an immediate recall of a safety issue. Needs more padding in seat cushion and redesig of front lip of seat. Cuts into back of l"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Took a 2500 mile trip to N.C and LOVE IT ALL THE WAY TO & BACK"

ROGER B., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)


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What Owners Say

"We love the Outback, but the experience trying to deal with Subaru was extremely of concern. We wanted a 3.7 liter engine, and kept getting told we didnt need it, what we needed was the smaller engine. They also did not to want to honor any price amounts we had received thru a car buying service."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It got recalled a month after I bought it, luckily my car was OK after they checked it out. However, I was told not to drive it after it was inspected by SUBARU, this did not sit well with me because I had made trips from Long Island to Rochester in the meantime. Otherwise, I love everything about this car."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Considering price compared to other vehicles the outback limited offers a lot of extras at a very reasonable cost."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"very little to choose from, colour, options, engine; hard to get a test drive in the model i was considering, no dealing with the dealer since they can sell all they can get, very arrogant dealers"

JAMES H., ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Not sure whether I paid a good price."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The quality, technology features, engine, ride, acceleration, comfort compare favorably to far more expensive cars. Every other make/model of car charges $10K more for the same"

CYNTHIA K., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The ability to choose the Eyesight (active safety) option in the lower cost vehicle trims was a driving factor in deciding to purchase a Subaru over Honda, Toyota, etc."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This is our first Subaru and I am impressed with the quality and sophistication of the Outback features. Based on our car-shopping experience and research, comparable technology costs significantly more from other manufacturers."

PHILIP J., OH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"the advanced safety features are better than I expected. The most desired adaptable cruise control is very satisfactory. It stopped itself when a car slowed almost to a stop to turn right. Other features are not that usable in Texas (X-mode and like assists) but the total safety features that you only use in accident mode are confidently expected to be there. The cost was more than comparable to the competitive models."

MELVIN M., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It's a gem."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We negotiated the price based on TrueCar,com process through Consumer Reports. It worked well but I think that there was still more money to save with our dealer. Nonetheless, I think the pricing and value of the car for the price was fair."

WARREN T., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"our Colorado Springs dealership honored the vehicle and options all at their invoice price -minus the savings through Costco."

RICHARD O., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Considering reliability, durability, and function - space, comfort, performance - I feel it's a very satisfactory value."

ROGER C., RI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"A very flexible car: I can pull a trailer, use it for light off-road travel, haul a bunch of stuff to the beach, and it has Bluetooth, a nice radio, plenty of power, heated seats, and alloy wheels all for under $29000."

WILLIAM K., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Our 3.6R Limited (with Eyesight) has content and quality that rivals the luxury wagon and SUV segments, for thousands of dollars less."

FRANCIS K., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The vehicles we purchased were 2017 model year with the eyesite package excellent excellent option get value very satisfied"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is a very comfortable car to drive. The "no-haggle" experience was excellent."

PATRICK N., QC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"In the research I did before buying the Outback, I compared pricing with other potential cars that I was thinking of buying. The Subaru always came back as the best value for the money based on its reliability and safety ratings. And the fact that has the best AWD is just icing on the cake. I live in the mountains. That is also why my MPG is lower than if I lived in the "flatlands.""

DAVE R., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"For a great handling AWD car with a premium interior feel, the sub-$30k price is great. That it can be combined with superior safety options, is an added bonus (though I thought some of the options were quite pricey.)"

JENNIFER T., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The car is fairly good on mileage and is very easy to drive.."

JACK A., IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We have only had the Subaru for 2 1/2 months, but put it to a rugged test right away. A road trip from KS to AK a little over 9,000 miles in 23 days. Up & down & around Canada & Alaska mountains avg. 30 MPG. No troubles no problems with the 2.5L"

CHUCKL L., KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"One thing that CR should be doing is raising hell that the newer safety systems like backup obstacle warnings, adaptive cruise control, et al, are only available on expensive top models with useless features like sunroofs. You're getting wimpier by the issue, and covering things like you're an advocate for superficial attributes and consumption, instead of quality, reliability, and safety."

P S., MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is an outstanding car for the price with most of the features offered in luxury cars."

CYNTHIA J., WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I got the new (2017) Touring Edition, and although on high side for Outbacks, it was a very good value compared to other vehicles I was interested in, including the Volvo XC-60and the Acura MDX."

GERALD M., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Has been better in every respect than I'd expected. I had the 4 cylinder one which was underpowered. I gave up about 3 MPG to get the 6 cylinder but still get an overall average of 25.7 since new."

GEORGE S., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"After compare the Outback with other similar vehicles, I found the Subaru to be the best value with the highest ratings."

MARY S., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Bought using the Consumer Reports buying program. Seemed like a good value."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I purchased my Subaru Outback according to the CR's rating which is so valuable and reliable!"

REIKO M., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Not much negotiation on price."

BILL G., IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"overall content surpasses competition."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Vehicle has has so many safety features and is a great overall car for commuting and around town. Very easy to park."

TERESA K., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"When I compare what is in this vehicle for the price, my friends are amazed. This has many features of a luxury vehicle."

JAMES M., ME (2016 Subaru Outback)

"To get some features that I wanted, I needed to get a whole package of features."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Shop online. Use truecare, and consumer reports. Do research!"

KATRINA H., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Excellent value. great fuel economy for all wheel drive. electronics (GPS, infotainment, bluetooth all work well together and are intuitive. comfortable for 6'3" person."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great car"

ROBERT C., TN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"was very important to shop different dealers to get the best price...."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Many safety options for the value of the vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)


PHILLIP G., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Purchase through an independent broker who works with a several dealers"

H M., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Amazing value on all fronts."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"At a fraction the cost, my Outback Limited compares very favorably with my BMW 525i Touring (as well as the other 7 BMW's I've owned over the past 30 years). The handling, interior comfort and features are equal or better. The road handling is not quite as sharp but is excellent considering the price."

LOUIS A., SC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Outback is an outstanding value. The best car I've ever owned. Eyesight system is awesome."

BRUCE W., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"My Outback is equipped with Eye-Sight, navigation, Starlink and cost more than $20,000 LESS than a Lexus RX350 which was my last vehicle! I love my Outback and will never go back to a Lexus again."

BOBBI W., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Price was more than we expected compared to similar cars."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Subaru Outback is one of the best cars we have ever owned. We have thoroughly looked over the car and found nothing the dealer needs to repair while in warranty. The vehicle gets excellent gas mileage esp. on the road @ up to 34 MPG. This is an excellent vehicle for the amount paid."

COLLEEN C., CO (2016 Subaru Outback)

"All wheel drive; comfortable, handsome, nice fit & finish car especially for the very reasonable price"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"We're very pleased with the safety and design of this car, and overall we're glad we bought it, but the car was $36K+ new, which seems like way more than reasonable for an unexciting family vehicle."

CHRISTOPHER K., NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It is the BEST valued price point of any car out there! I need to add that the Adaptive Cruise Control is superior to the CRV, RAV4, and Santa Fe because I drove these after I purchased my Outback. It's a great car!"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Compared to our previous cars which since I can remember have always been LEXUS & Infinity all our cars always are the top of the brand model with every bell & whistle, the Subaru is by far the most fun to drive and at half the price!!!"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The Outback has been high on my favorites list for a long time... In this case, it became the top pick as it was not only a reasonable price for its features, but it also has a 2,700 lb tow capacity that is perfect for our 2000 lb rated boat. It performs fantastic both with and without the boat in tow."

JESSE S., NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Extremely well equipped for the money spent."

STEWARD S., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"More car for the same money versus others."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The car has good performance (6 cylinder), lots of luxury features. Because of its high resale value it is down right cheap to lease."

CHARLES W., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Modern technology with many safety features."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Problem with noisy muffler after short drive - 30 minute fix by dealer."

DAN M., NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Nothing was close for the safety features and price."

GREGORY C., KS (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It does many things well. However, having purchased the top trim package I am dismayed that on the driver's side door interior at the point at which I rest my left elbow, the faux wood finish has worn away and there is a permanent dent in the upholstered trim. I am a small man who cannot possible have put that much pressure on the door resting my elbow."

ERIC Z., IN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great car, great gas mileage, smooth transmission and handling, lots of room and excellent support in seats comparable to more expensive autos."

MERRY B., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Price versus similarly equipped vehicles"

ROBERT B., MN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The service I have had with my Subaru dealer needs to be better. My car seems to get scratched (paint) each time I take it in for service. I have brought this to their attention but the problem keeps reoccurring. The level of concern for the customer seems to be deteriorating and this is the third and last Subaru I will purchase from this dealer."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Our Subaru has the optional Eyesight safety system. This was a primary reason for purchasing this car. The total cost of the car including this system was considerably less than what we would have had to pay for any comparable make."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Limited trim 2.51 - leather, eyesight safety suite, good a/v. Considering the price of new cars today, this vehicle is a great value with a good brand name behind it."

MATTHEW M., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"In comparison to other models and high end models this is definitely the best value and compares favourably to equivalent vehicles and even more expensive ones."

DON M., NB (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Has an impressive array of standard equipment with the model I chose."

DAVID H., AL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"compared to the competition, you get more for your money, the best of both a sedan/wagon and an SUV. so what is it."

MACK J., GA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Unlike previous Outbacks, this is a real luxury car that feels big and has everything you could want."

LEE T., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"This is my wife's primary car and she "loves, loves, loves" it. She says it looks great and has everything in a new car that she could want."

RYAN H., AL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"My Subaru is really a 2017 but survey didn't have that option"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The value this vehicle offers cannot be understated. AWD at the price of a FWD, outstanding mileage, extreme comfort, and unprecedented reliability - what an absolutely unbelievable car that I truly love!"

JON B., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I got the top trim level with a few options. The msrp was higher than comparably equipped competitors, but it has some features that seem better than others. I got it for a relatively good price by buying it through my local AAA office."

DENNIS M., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"You get a lot of vehicle for the price on this 2016 outback. All other vehicles in this class were more expensive for the options in my car and none of the others compared in MPG to my Subaru."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Subaru Outback)

"WOW this Subaru Outback 3.6R is spot on in terms of value! The Eyesight Navigation control system helps to keep you on the road and avoid collisions! The handling is superb allowing you to concentrate on the road ahead instead of fearing you will loose control around the next bend."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Bought it when the 2017 models were coming out. Great price using USAA and CR data. Excellent safety features."

JOHN M., AZ (2016 Subaru Outback)

"There is not much negotiation on price with the Subaru as you can do with a Toyota or other car companies."

JESSE L., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Very responsive.. Comfortable... Lots of room...I love it!"

ROBERT B., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The main reason I purchased the Outback is because of the optional safety features which I am very satisfied with."

JEROME K., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Great safety feature"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Subaru Outback)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the styling of my Outback with the chrome accents and dark blue color."

PAUL C., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)


DENNIS D., FL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"It feels larger then my previous Outbacks."

STU M., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Styling is mundane. It's basically a station wagon."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The visibility is quite good."

Anonymous, NB (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I'd prefer that the look on the outside were sportier. Looks pretty much the same as the same model did 20 years ago. Can still be just as safe with updated exterior design."

K E., OR (2016 Subaru Outback)

"I would have preferred to not have the roof railings plus would have like the gas tank on driver's side."

WANDA D., CA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Styling is a bit bland. However, it will age well and not look dated."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"only had it two weeks"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Looks like most other vehicles on the road."

LES S., WA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The front end looks too flat when viewed from the side"

MICHAEL S., IL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Couldn't get the colour we wanted. Other than that the styling is fine"

MERVYN M., NL (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Satey features"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Overall, I like the styling of the 2016 Outback inside and out very much. 1) I'm very pleased with its exterior color (metallic grey), and the cloth seat covering is fine, but I wish I had had a choice of seat color. The black color really shows light-colored debris. I would have preferred a tweedy grey. 2) I'm not fond of the steering wheel. In my previous vehicle, I could rest my hand at the bottom of the wheel. The Outback has a hard piece of plastic where I want to put my hand."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Good overall exterior look for the vehicle type (Crossover/suv) Interior space and functionality is very good. Comfort is good, but seat could use more padding but are well contoured. Feels solid and secure when driving."

L G., ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The inside is very good, with better-than-average materials and good attention to detail. The outside styling is functional rather than flashy, but that is OK by me."

JAMES B., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"great lines - a lot of capacity for luggage etc. -"

ROGER C., MD (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Always find myself smiling as I approach my car in a parking lot"

WILLIAM B., ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Exterior paint seems prone to minor scratches."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The small and subtle changes they made with the 2015 model are much appreciated. I may not have bought this vehicle without them."

N M., ON (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Color and finish. Great wheels."

JOHN W., OK (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Although it is a wagon by design, it competes well with SUVs and CUVs styling. It is distinctive and recognizable offer other make and designs"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Typically Outbacks are not exactly sexy cars. But the 3.6 Limited 2016 has a more aggressive appearance, with sportier trim on the outside and stock wheels that look like they're from a much more expensive BMW. The interior has black leather that is more plush than other Subaru models and seems to be on par with more luxury competitors like Lexus, Mercedes and Audi. There are subtle improvements inside like a more comfortable middle console armrest, better headrest, improved climate control butt"

STEVEN W., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Love the looks and size of this car. It rides really nice and the stearing is excellent, it turns around very good in a small space."

BENJAMIN K., NC (2016 Subaru Outback)

"The styling of this SUV is very appealing and looks like a much more expensive brand."

WILLIAM R., TX (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Nice Lines"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Looks classy yet rugged at the same time."

J M., VA (2016 Subaru Outback)

"Nice lines but rear window could be bigger."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Subaru Outback)

"On a gravel road (where we live), the rear hatchback window constantly collects dust to the point where you can't see out of it. I'd say it needs a deflector of some sort, which is not available. My previous car, a Toyota 4-Runner, never had this problem."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Subaru Outback)
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