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2008 Subaru Outback Wagon Crossover

4dr H4 Auto LL Bean w/Nav/VDC

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon Crossover

The 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback is virtually the same vehicle as the Legacy wagon, but with a heavy-duty suspension, higher ground clearance for rough roads and deep snow, plus protective cladding and rugged styling cues. The Outback remains a compelling alternative to most sport-utility vehicles, with a low center of mass for safer handling and better maneuverability, while the interior is quite spacious and flexible to suit a small family.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the Subaru Legacy Outback sedan has been dropped from the lineup. Otherwise, the Outback wagons get a modest redesign in front and back, along with some interior appearance and equipment changes.

Model Strengths

  • Rough-road, all-weather capability
  • confident handling
  • roomy interior.

Model Review

Subaru's 2008 Outback is offered with three different engines, depending on the model. Base, 2.5 i, and 2.5 i Limited models get a 169-horsepower, 2.5L horizontally opposed four; the sporty 2.5 XT Limited gets a 243-horsepower, 2.5L turbocharged flat-four; and the 3.0 R L.L. Bean gets a smooth, 245-horsepower 3.0L flat-six.

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Subaru was ahead of its time in offering a small four-wheel-drive station wagon in 1975, and it introduced one of the first station wagon/crossover vehicles with its Outback wagon, which got a raised suspension and higher roofline.

Subaru's first car in America was the tiny 360 minicar, which soon was thankfully followed in the early 1970s by larger front-wheel-drive economy cars. They looked cheap but were rugged, inexpensive and economical. New Englanders loved them.

Subarus began losing their reputation for being noisy, underpowered, rough-riding cars and wagons in the mid-1980s, although their bodies and interiors weren't considered long-term propositions.

Saving Feature
By 1984, you could get a Subaru hardtop and sedan with a larger engine and four-wheel drive-a feature that helped save the Japanese automaker from failure here because Americans were warming up to the idea of such a drive system in mainstream vehicles. All Subarus eventually got full-time all-wheel-drive systems.

Subaru introduced one of the first crossover vehicles with its 1996 Outback wagon, which was an all-wheel-drive version of Subaru's Legacy with a raised suspension. It called the Outback "America's first sport-utility wagon" because it still had no SUV and the "crossover" vehicle description was in the future.

Separate Model
In 2001, the popular Outback got a higher roofline, along with the raised suspension, and became a separate model.

The 2008 Outback has a heavy-duty, raised four-wheel independent suspension and generous ground clearance (8.4 to 8.7 inches) to enable moderately rugged off-pavement driving.

Only Wagons Remain
List prices range from $21,995 to $33,495. There's a wide variety of trim levels, but the Outback sedan disappears for 2008 because the new Outback comes only as a wagon.

Subaru excels at all-wheel drive and four types of all-wheel-drive systems are featured across the Outback line.

Revised Styling
Front and rear styling is revised, with new front sheet metal, larger grille opening, new front/rear bumper fascias and new headlights and taillights.

There also is a redesigned instrument panel. Electroluminescent gauges once found only in the turbocharged 2.5 trim level now also are in the 6-cylinder 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition version.

A telescopic steering column and new integrated ignition key/remote entry feature become standard for all trim levels. On premium versions, a redesigned steering wheel offers more control buttons for the audio system, cruise control and multi-information display. And the 2.5 XT Limited with an automatic transmission has new paddle shifters.

A nicer ride is provided by a revised rear suspension, and a stability control system is available on more trim levels-and standard on the 6-cylinder version.

Engine Choices
The Outback is sold with a 2.5-liter 170-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and a 243-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. The hot-rod trim level has a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder with 245 horsepower.

The regular 2.5 engine delivers more torque and better fuel efficiency, while performance of the 6-cylinder is improved with more low- and midrange torque.

The 170-horsepower engine works with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, while the turbo version shoots power through a 5- or 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. The 6-cylinder works only with a 5-speed automatic.

I tested the 170-horsepower (oddly named) 2.5 i Limited L.L. Bean trim level, which costs $27,695 with its Vehicle Dynamics Control stability system.

The L.L. Bean option, which includes a navigation system and power passenger seat, costs $2,300, although a $700 "value savings" knocked it down to $1,600. But several other options, including a $456 satellite radio kit, led to a final list price of $30,055, not including a $645 destination-delivery charge.

Well Equipped
The days of low-cost Subarus clearly are long gone, but my test car was well-equipped. Standard features included a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver's seat, heated front seats, tilt/telescopic wheel, cruise control, split-folding rear seatbacks, rear window wiper-washer and power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry.

Safety items include front side-impact airbags and anti-lock/all-disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution-along with the all-wheel drive and a stability control system.

Car-like Nature
The car-like Outback has accurate steering and stable handling, thanks partly to its compact, low-set engine with horizontally opposed pistons. The brake pedal has a nice feel, and stopping distances are good. The ride is rather firm, but won't beat you up.

Acceleration is lively, even with the base 4-cylinder engine and the 4-speed automatic, which has an easily used manual-shift feature.

Estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg in the city and 26 on highways, but goes as low as 17 and 24 with the 6-cylinder engine. Only regular grade gasoline is needed, with only turbocharged and 6-cylinder engines calling for premium fuel.

Spacious Interior
The functional-looking interior is roomy, particularly in the rear-seat area, for four tall occupants. They sit higher than in many cars and have good visibility. It's easy to get in and out, and front seats are supportive.

Gauges can be easily read and sound system and climate controls are large. However, the ignition switch seems buried on the steering column and an automatic transmission shifter interferes with driver access to the front console cupholders, which have a sliding cover. Decent storage space is provided by a large glove box and storage pockets in all doors.

The cargo area is roomy, especially with the rear seatbacks folded forward. At the other end of the vehicle, however, the heavy hood must be held open with a prop rod because it lacks hydraulic struts.

The Outback should especially appeal to those looking for a very car-like crossover vehicle, although it also could be called a nicely modified station wagon

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

84 months or 100,000 mile powertrain (whichever comes first) from original warranty start. Many upgrade options available.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Current model year or preceding 5 yrs/80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 152
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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