Pros Nice looking, decent mileage with CVT, lots of room, practical, AWD.
Cons Some cars have serious problems. I
Summary I was all set to buy a 2010 Outback a month ago with money in hand at the Subaru dealer for about $28k, but subject to a test drive. I hadn't driven the car yet because the dealer was 100 miles away. On the test drive the steering wheel had a shimmy. They rebalanced all tires. Shimmy was lessened by still there. I drove on old, brand new and pothole pavement on the drive. Test drove 2 other brand new Outbacks on their lot. Same problem but in varying degrees. One car was even worse than the first one I drove. I left the dealership. Bought a 2010 Honda CRV a week later---I already had a 2005 CRV so I trusted the brand. Went to the Outback forum on the web and found many complaints going back over a year with this problem. Subaru has either not figured it out or knows the solution is too expensive to fix it. Be careful, that's all I can say.
Pros I have 2011 2.5i CVT Ltd. Great gas mileage. Can sleep in back on trips. AWD. 4 cyl can still pass on hiway. No shake in steering wheel. Don't need towing of Yukon.
Cons Minor problems.
Summary We didn't need the towing capability of our 2000 Yukon any more, but still wanted room in the back with AWD and good MPG. This is the best vehicle on the market with those needs.
Pros I have the 4 cyl. Limited. The seats are very supportive and comfortable on long trips. The ride is quieter than my Rav-4, or my previous Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, or Toyota Highlander. Highway mileage on flat routes has been up to 34mpg.
Cons Nothing so far. Maybe that at this price it would have been nice to have home link included.
Summary Great looking, great performance, awesome gas mileage. Full time AWD.
Reputation is long term quality, too early to tell.
Pros Smooth ride, good pick-up, comfortable interior, good sound system, good milage.
Cons No 3d gps, iPod hook-up not the best,
Pros The cypress green paint, fog lights design and wagon style
Cons Cash in hand I went to one Central NJ Dealership and test drove a outback 2.5 cvt. As soon as I hit the highway the car jerked to the left and I felt strong pulsations through the steering wheel and floor boards. Bought a crv instead for 1500 less
Summary It shook violently on the highway and lost power in turns
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