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2010 Subaru Outback Wagon Crossover

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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon Crossover

The base level 2.5i Outback with the CVT is made for outdoorsy drivers, with a starting price under $23,000 and great gas mileage. Even the top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited, with its larger engine, leather seats and standard harman/kardon stereo system, starts at just over $30,000. All Outbacks, regardless of trim level, include ABS, traction control and air bags, and niceties such as power mirrors and cruise control. Best of all, unlike the previous 3.0-liter engines, the 2010 Outbacks do not require premium fuel.

What's new for 2010?

The Subaru Outback created the crossover category in the mid-nineties, and it continues to ride the line between family wagon and off-road vehicle. The biggest news for 2010 is the upgrade to the Outback's engine lineup, a 3.6-liter that replaces the previous generation's 3.0-liter. There are also three trim levels for 2010: base, Premium and Limited. It also has Subaru's available CVT (continuously variable transmission) that gets an impressive 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Also new for 2010 are the roof rails that snap into place when needed and swing out of the way when not, decreasing drag and wind noise. And like all Subaru's vehicles, the Outback is all wheel drive, all the time.

Model Strengths

  • New stylish makeover
  • roomier interior
  • powerful engine lineup
  • great gas mileage with CVT transmission

Model Review

Subaru claims to have simplified the Outback lineup for 2010, and there are six editions available: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited.

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Source: The Car Connection

Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the new 2010 Subaru Outback to bring you this hands-on review of its performance, styling, quality, comfort, and features. Editors also evaluated the Subaru Outback against its competition to provide the best information to help with your shopping decision.

For 2010, Subaru has entirely redesigned its legendary Outback, moving it firmly into mid-size territory and making it an even stronger competitor to such sport-utility crossovers as the Toyota Venza, Volvo XC60, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new 2010 Subaru Outback comes in three trim levels--base, Premium, and Limited--and offers two engines, a 2.5-liter flat-four and a 3.6-liter flat-six. Prices start at $22,995 for the base 2.5i model with six-speed manual transmission, rising to $30,995 for the 3.6R Limited model with all the bells and whistles. TheCarConnection.com drove several different 2010 Outbacks to produce this hands-on road test.

Subaru gives the 2010 Outback bolder styling and what it calls "SUV details"-- exaggerated wheel arches, a thicker rear roof pillar, and chunkier rear side windows. It adds 2.8 inches to the wheelbase, ups the width by 2.0 inches, and lifts it a whopping 4.1 inches, but actually keeps it almost an inch shorter than the previous model. At 8.7 inches, ground clearance is the highest ever, besting rivals that include the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The front styling may be the Outback's least successful aspect, with very large headlights sweeping well back into the fenders. Inside, the Outback is modern without being outlandish, with a slight curve to the center console.

At a base weight of just 3,386 pounds with standard all-wheel drive, the 2010 Outback is 450 to 1,000 pounds lighter than AWD competitors. This lets the new Outback use an engine much smaller than the competition. The base 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed "flat" four-cylinder engine returns 22 mpg city, 29 highway when paired with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) called Lineartronic. Subaru expects more than half of all 2010 Outbacks to be fitted with this combination. If you fit the 2.5-liter four with the new six-speed manual--Subaru is one of the few carmakers still offering manual transmissions--mileage falls to 19 mpg city, 27 highway.

Full-tilt acceleration is adequately unobtrusive; the transmission quickly runs the engine up to its most efficient speed of about 5,500 rpm and keeps it there, but sound insulation alleviates most of the typical CVT whine. Level highway cruising is generally placid at engine speeds below 2,000 rpm. The Lineartronic CVT includes paddle shifters behind the steering wheel that simulate six fixed ratios, holding the engine in the chosen "gear."

The optional engine is a 3.6-liter flat-six that kicks out 256 horsepower. It's mated to a conventional five-speed automatic transmission. It gives 18 mpg city, 25 highway, less impressive than the frugal four. While the company won't quote acceleration figures, the six is smooth and quiet, and it offers rather torquey, un-Subaru-like hustle as it moves the 2010 Outback smartly off the line. It won't win any drag races, but while the four is adequate, the six is actually fun.

Subaru's horizontally opposed, or "boxer," engines keep the Outback's center of gravity low, despite its tall profile and high ground clearance. It handles better than virtually any competitor, driving like a car rather than a truck.

The new 2010 model is surprisingly roomy, especially in the backseat, which comfortably accommodates six-foot-tall passengers even with the front seats pushed all the way back. The 60-40 split rear seat not only folds flat but also reclines. The tailgate opens down to a 33.9-inch liftover, and the high roof and upright sides give a wide opening that even fits two dog kennels side by side. When the rear seats are folded, cargo volume is 71.3 cubic feet; with seatbacks up, it's 34.3 cubic feet. The interior is refined and quiet, as well; the door windows now have frames, and cross bars for the roof rack swing back and stow parallel to the rails to cut wind whistle.

Carrying people and stuff is what Outbacks are all about, in fact. The new roof rail system was designed to ensure that existing third-party roof accessories--from bike racks to storage boxes, kayak mounts to ski holders--would fit on the redesigned rails.

Subaru expects the 2010 Outback to score five stars on all of its crash tests. Dual-stage dash-mounted front airbags, thorax-protecting front-seat side airbags, and full side-curtain airbags for head protection are all standard, as are seatbelt pre-tensioners. Every 2010 Outback also includes stability and four-wheel traction control systems. In addition, Subaru returns to fitting its traditional Hill Holder, which makes starting easier on slopes of 5 percent or higher by keeping the brakes engaged.

Subaru adds many new features to the 2010 Outback to bring it up to par with other crossovers. The steering column not only tilts but telescopes. All models include an outdoor temperature display and three 12-volt power outlets. Premium and Limited trim levels are available with all three engine/transmission combinations. Options include Subaru's traditional all-weather package, with heated seats and mirrors, as well as a deicer for the windshield wipers; a 10-way power driver's seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; a power mooonroof; and a 440-watt, 9-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system. Limited models offer a voice-activated navigation system with a reversing camera that shows in the 8-inch dash-mounted display. To our surprise, ordering the navigation system requires the moonroof to be specified as well. And unfortunately, Subaru doesn't offer memory functions for seat and mirror settings for different drivers.


The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Subaru Outback isn't especially swoopy or fast, and it hardly carries a luxe image. But with more interior refinement and new features, along with rutted-trail ability that sidelines tough-looking rivals, this Subaru will win more fans.

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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
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless 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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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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