2006 Subaru Outback
There are 5 user reviews for the 3.0 R L.L. Bean Edition Sedan trim shown below
- Interior luxury, leather, sunroof, stereo.
- No MP3, horrible gas mileage, little room.
I agree with others in that the fuel mileage is very poor. Also, with my wife and two kids, there is no room left for anything else, and the kids have no room in the back.
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- AWD, Great engineering, driving position, seat comfort, control layout, huge trunk
- Fuel economy, small back seat, center storage bin
Have only had the car three days but have enjoyed every minute. Since this was a 2006 leftover, I got a great deal. Therefore value to me was higher than average. Depending on your personal needs, there are better choices if paying full sticker price. Unique styling, largely due to high ground clearance, gets looks since there arent many Outback sedans on the road.
Steering & handling are great. Small turning radius helps with maneuverability and parking. Body roll in tight turns is well controlled despite high ground clearance. Bumps & road imperfections are well muted. Near 4X4 capability doesn't mean you have to feal like you're driving a truck.
The H-6 provides good, steady acceleration though not particularly fast. Although the engine has legendary reliability, it does have a unique sound. The engine "thrum" comes into the cabin slightly but is not annoying or distracting. Fuel economy could be better but again, given the AWD, and overall weight of the car (3700 pounds) I wasnt expecting great fuel economy. Mileage is a trade-off for the advantages this car provides.
Interior fit and finish is very good. Leather seating is high quality and stitching is very good. The stereo is good but doesnt provide concert quality sound that you would find in comparably priced vehicles. Good cup holders in the front but flimsy in the rear.
A few minor quirks. The guages are illuminated in a different color than the stereo & comfort controls. The contrast of the two colors is a little odd. The center storage bin is difficult to access while driving even with the driver seat all the way back. Small back seat is only big enough for two adults....read morehide
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- steering, ride, handling, excellent motor and transmission, nicely made and nicely equipped.
- sunroof limits headroom a bit, and 21-22 commuting mpg is a little disapointing
This is perhaps the best overall midsize sedan out there. The motor is super smooth and provides very good acceleration, ecspecially on the highway. It also makes the most wonderful noise when it accerlates(not loud though). The car handles quite well ecspecially when you consider the near perfect ride(suberb road feel, little float, and virtually no impact harshness) and 8 inch ground clearance.The 5 speed automatic transmission is also very smooth and the manual shift feature is both fun and useful. However, I do wish Subaru would make the traditional manual transmission available in this country for this engine, I think it would be more than a match for the turbo four cylinder offered in thier other vehicles. The car is also roomy enough to carry four adults for several hours with no complaint. However, 6 footers in the front seat will suffer a bit because the sunroof intrudes on headroom a little. The only other milldly disappointing aspect is the fuel economy I get about 21-22 mpg in mixed highway/rush hour traffic. On a recent trip from Florida to Michigan I averaged about 26. However, all of these figures are a little better than the EPA estimates. I always use the recomended premium fuel. The car is well equipped, with a very good sound system, power everything and even sideview mirror defrosters. Finally, the awd drive is great, I drove through a highway medain covered with several inches of snow with little complaint last winter(not necessarily legal). Muddy dirt roads do nothing but dirty the car. Thirty thousand dollars might cross a psychological threshold for a Subaru but the car is very well built and the engineering is flawless. Besides a similarly equiped Honda Accord or Toyota Camry goes for about the same price these days....read morehide
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- comfortable, good leg/head space, power.
- Upshift is not so good, A/C not powerful enough (comes with unwanted sound)
My friends and myself drove this car and love the way it handled the roads, very smooth, a glider (should have named this a glider instead of outback) and easy handling of rough roads. The upshift is not smooth, but once baby gets high, no one to stop. Gas mileage is not upto the mark and should have included towing package!
If you are looking for a car, look for five (six) stars. Great going fuji electrics!...read morehide
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- Don't know fuel economy yet - haven't burned a full tank of gas.
- Back seats a bit small. Gas mileage could be better, but I like the H-6 power.
Bought the car this morning and headed straight into a snowstorm in a canyon with signs that said "4WD or chains only!". Since I haven't had awd before, I was still apprehensive (I'd normally turn back). This car didn't even THINK of sliding. The handling in the snow was just amazing. I am so pleased to have this new peace of mind, I wish I'd bought one years ago when I moved to Utah. Now I won't have to pass up those ski days at Alta when there's lots of that Utah powder on the roads!
The new styling is so nice, and the outback trim gives it that great extra ground clearnace. The ride is comfortable and quiet, and it corners like like a dream. A blast to drive. I love the heated seats, de-icing windshields and all the other handy cold weather gadgets. Highly recommend this car. Drives as well as an A4 quattro for many thousands less....read morehide
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