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|All wheel drive - great in snow||Some of interior features, i.e. drivers seat seems low|
|Feeling of safety; secure solid vehicle||Poor mileage - even though a 6 cylinder, it averages 14-17 city.|
|Engine performance - pick up & power: 6 cylinders, 257 h.p.||Looks like an suv; i wanted a station wagon like old subaru|
|Like the last 4 subarus only bigger, with better mileage||Shift lever button returns to sad design of past|
|Feels big & high enough off the road without being a truck / tank.||No lumbar support on front passenger seat|
|Vehicle exterior styling - height, ease of entry / exit if tall||Engine shifting at lower speeds|
|Acceleration of engine / excellent 4 speed manual transmission||Rough ride on bumps; 4 cylinder engine underpowered for this car.|
|Design of engine - easy access to belts & oil change etc.||Mileage efficiecy gauge is worthless. replace with a temperature gauge|
|Appearance: bought wheel arch moldings, love the look||Engine can be very loud outside of car, particularly at startup|
|Fuel economy is great at 35-50 mph||Fold down rear seat. would like whole seats to fold completely|
The 2004 Outback is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, or wagon, available in 9 trims, ranging from the Sport to the H6-3.0 VDC Wagon. The 2004 Outback's closest competitors include the Audi A4, the Pontiac Vibe, and the Volvo XC70.
Upon introduction, the Sport is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter, H4, 165-horsepower engine that achieves 21-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The H6-3.0 VDC Wagon is equipped with a standard 3.0-liter, H6, 212-horsepower engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway. A 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.
The Sport has been reskinned for 2004. The 2004 H6-3.0 VDC Wagon is a carryover from 2003.
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