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2009 Subaru Outback Wagon Crossover

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Subaru Outback Wagon Crossover

The 2009 Subaru Outback rides on a heavy-duty suspension with higher ground clearance, making it particularly adept at traversing rough roads, deep snow or anything else the outdoor adventurer may come across. True to its name, the Outback stands ready to face the elements both in form and function with exterior protective cladding and rugged styling cues. The Outback remains a compelling alternative to most wagons or sport-utility vehicles, with a low center of mass for safer handling and better maneuverability, while the interior is quite spacious and flexible enough to suit a small family.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, the Subaru Outback concentrates on improving safety with its standard VDC stability control system, enhancing style with an expanded exterior color palette and tinted privacy glass and increasing comfort with steering wheel mounted audio controls for the premium Harman Kardon sound system. Also, Subaru introduces another trim level with the 2.5i Special Edition and says goodbye to the L.L. Bean Moniker.

Model Strengths

  • Refined exterior styling with rough-road all-weather capability, confident handling and a roomy interior.

Model Review

Versatility abounds with Subaru's 2009 Outback. It starts with the expansive exterior color palette and extends to the myriad of interior comfort and convenience options available. In addition, it also boasts 3 different engine types based on trim level. The 2.5i and 2.5i Special Edition are powered by a 169-horsepower, 2.5L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. The automatic comes with Subaru's SPORTSHIFT manual control. The 2.5i Limited edition is powered by the same 4-cylinder engine but is only available in the automatic transmission. The sporty 2.5 XT Limited gets a 243-horsepower, 2.5L turbocharged flat-four with 5-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic transmission and the 3.0 R gets a smooth, 245-horsepower 3.0L flat 6-cylinder with 5 speed automatic transmission.

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Source: The Car Connection

Experts at TheCarConnection.com know that your next car-buying decision is sure to be an important one. For this reason, editors have scoured the Web to bring you highlights of some of the Web's most thorough reviews of the 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback. Editors also include their own driving opinions, along with their no-nonsense Bottom Line take, so that you can make the best decision possible.

The 2009 Subaru Outback lineup includes several versions, including a wagon body style. All receive the rugged treatment, picking up a raised heavy-duty suspension and body-side cladding that hints at greater brawn. The Outback is otherwise mechanically similar to the Legacy sedan, which is covered by a separate review.

The Outback is offered in a wide range of models, now ranging from the basic 2.5i up to the sporty XT Limited and luxurious 3.0R Limited. The 2.5i and 2.5i Limited models get a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ("flat") four, while the 2.5 XT and XT Limited upgrade to a high-performance turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four making 243 hp. And at the top there's a 245-hp, 3.0-liter flat-six powering the 3.0R.

With the base engine, the 2009 Subaru Outback has adequate power with a light load, but if you plan on hauling a lot of stuff or driving in the mountains, the engine can feel taxed. It's made worse by the four-speed automatic, which can shift abruptly and has rather widely spaced gears. The turbocharged engine in the XT is the most responsive, with none of the lag that sometimes plagues turbos, but the six is the smoothest and most refined.

Across the line, the Outback models get all-wheel drive and have up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which may prove very useful in deep snow or mud. Subaru models with the base engine have either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, while XT models get either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, which includes Sportshift paddle shifters. At the top, the six-cylinder engine comes with just the five-speed automatic.

Models with the turbocharged four or the six-cylinder engine get SI-Drive, a system that has three different modes allowing throttle response, transmission shift, and other characteristics to change from smooth to sharp as desired in the 2009 Subaru Outback.

Despite having the heavy-duty suspension, Outback models handle very well on the road, with crisp, rather communicative steering and not much body lean; ride comfort is quite good as well, but road noise can be an issue inside.

Overall, the interior is rather basic but attractive with matte-metallic materials and mid-grade plastics. There are no overt luxury pretenses here, except in the top models, which pile on the convenience features and upgrades. Seating in the 2009 Subaru Outback is comfortable for five normal-sized adults, though front-seat occupants might find headroom tight with the available moonroof. A 440-watt Harman-Kardon premium audio system is standard across the line for 2009.

Anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and active front head restraints are all included. For 2009, Subaru's electronic stability system is standard across the line. The Subaru Outback receives top five-star results from the federal government in both frontal and side impact tests.

Top 2009 3.0R Limited models get a navigation system, upgraded heated seats, dual-zone climate control, leather trim, and a six-speaker sound system. Some of the latest expected tech features, such as a Bluetooth interface, an iPod interface, and live traffic updates, aren't available.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback boasts more toughness than most wagons and is a good, practical alternative to tall, ungainly SUVs.

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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

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

Passenger Restraint

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

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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.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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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